sustainable development

The Sustainable Water Resource Handbook

The Sustainable Water Resource Handbook is the definitive source of relevant information for all industry players from government, water utilities and supply organisations, water research and technology institutions, NGOs, the top 100 water and related companies in Southern Africa, tertiary education institutions, university libraries and various other relevant stakeholder companies and organisations.

Development and Dreams: The Urban Legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup

With less than 300 days to go until the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Development and Dreams: The Urban Legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup considers the effects of South Africa’s hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The contributors to this volume, both academics and development practitioners, provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the probable consequences of the 2010 Football World Cup for the economy of South Africa and its cities, on infrastructure development, and on the projection of African culture and identity.

ECA Concerned About PAP Construction

The Environment & Conservation Association (ECA) has expressed concern about the “litany of mistakes” that led to the development of the Pan African Parliament on a wetland in Midrand.

ECA chairperson, Nicole Barlow, says that, “A simple look at C-plan 2 and a Google Earth shot would've told any first year student that there was seepage wetland covering most of the site upon wherethey intended to build the parliament.”

China Willing to Help SADC Generate Power

China has expressed interest in sharing its electricity generation technology and expertise with South Africa and its neighbours, all of which are in need of more generating capacity.

China Electricity Council International’s (CEC), Liu Dongye, says that the country is offering its world-class technology and equipment which it believes will go a long way in meeting South Africa’s requirement of 55000MW of electricity capacity by 2025 to satisfy its economic and social development needs.

Climate Change, Development and Energy Problems in South Africa

Climate Change, Development and Energy Problems in South Africa: Another World is Possible is a report that outlines the impact that can be expected of climate change to both natural environments and human populations. While no one knows what the localised impacts will be, for example exactly what rainfall changes to expect in Colesberg or Tzaneen, we do have a good sense of the broader general trends.

Financial Crisis Threatens Funding For Climate Change

The global financial crisis may lead lead developed countries to withhold funding for climate change, undermining investment in carbon trade in African countries. This is according to delegates at a US climate change conference in December 2008.
 
Carbon markets are regarded as a cheap and possibly profitable measure to fight climate change while helping poor communities with tools to solve poverty without destroying forests.

No Amount of Redesign Will Save the PBMR

With the PBMR Company seeking to redesign the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) to focus more on heat applications, it is imperative to note that disadvantages of continuing with the PBMR remain.

The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor has become a black hole for public funds. The costs involved in the PBMR saga are illustrative of the financial risks inherent in nuclear power in general.

Scientists Warn About Biofuels

Scientists have warned that the use of crop-based biofuels could speed up rather than slow down global warming by fuelling the destruction of rainforests.

They say once heralded as the answer to oil, biofuels have become increasingly controversial because of their impact on food prices and the amount of energy it takes to produce them. They argue that biofuels have the potential to pump far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they could possibly save as a replacement for fossil fuels.

AfriForum Criticises ANC Over Rector Appointment

AfriForum has accused the African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State of forcing the University of the Free State (UFS) into appointing a party loyalist as new Rector.

AfriForum CEO, Kallie Kriel, has also criticised the disapproval voiced by the ANC spokesperson in that province, Teboho Sikisi, about the shortlist of five candidates and his demand that the so-called "progressive black academic" should be appointed.

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