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Severe weather kills over 82 in South Africa

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Authorities on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 said 82 lives had been lost in a spate of severe summer weather that has seen South Africa pummeled by persistent downpours for days. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said most of the deaths were due to drownings ...

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Shell ordered to halt Wild Coast seismic blasting in South Africa

Wild Coast protest

Shell will have to call a halt to its seismic survey along the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast after the high court in Makhanda, South Africa, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, interdicted it from proceeding. Shell has been order to stop its seismic survey by the high court in Makhanda. Photo credit: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD Judge Gerald Bloem on Tuesday morning interdicted ...

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Omicron: Severe cases remain low in South Africa – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The Omicron variant is reaching more countries in Africa, while weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the continent surged by 93 per cent, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa It noted that signs of hope as preliminary data indicates that hospitalisations across South Africa remain low. Ten different ...

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COVID-19 variant: US, Canada restrict travel from South Africa, seven others

Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries to try to contain a troubling new variant of the coronavirus, senior administration officials said on Friday, November 26, 2021, though they said it would be impossible to prevent it from entering the United States. US President Joe Biden Starting on Monday, the administration will ...

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South Africa: Energy transition must be guided by reason, not panic

Gwede Mantashe

Concerns about catastrophic climate change are leading to rash, and sometimes irrational calls for South Africa to put an abrupt end to the production and use of fossil fuels, regardless of the consequences Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Photo credit: Baba Jiyane Increasingly this year, African oil- and gas-producing nations are being told that protecting the planet ...

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14 years after, coal-powered plant fully online in South Africa

Fossil fuel pollution

South Africa’s main energy provider has announced the opening of one of the world’s largest coal-fueled power plants on Monday, August 2, 2021, 14 years after the ground was broken and after multiple delays and amid concerns about a coal-based project’s effect on the climate. Fossil fuel pollution from a coal power station The 4,764-megawatt Medupi Power Station went online ...

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Riots in South Africa could lead to environmental disaster

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

An activist on Friday, July 23, 2021 warned the South African government against environmental disaster in port city of Durban and other parts of the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa During recent large-scale mayhem and mob violence, numerous chemicals were spilled into nearby waters from a warehouse that set on fire, killing fish and other aquatic animals on ...

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Activists flay South Africa’s decline of support for global plastic ban treaty

Plastic pollution

A Mail & Guardian exposé on Monday, June 21, 2021, revealed that the South African government plans to reject a new proposed global treaty on plastics. According to a leaked document, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is afraid that the plastic ban will make it harder for the country to, among other things, capitalise on the plastic waste trade. Plastic ...

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Conservationists adopt nuclear science to protect the African rhino


A nuclear science-based initiative that has the potential to reduce Rhino poaching has emerged. The West African black rhino Launched on May 13, 2021, the “Rhisotope Project” was initiated by the University of Witwatersrand (WITs) and is being implemented under a global collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Colorado State University (USA), ROSATOM (Russian Federation) and ...

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South Africa warns of ‘vaccine apartheid’ if rich countries hog shots

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday, May 10, 2021 that if wealthy nations hogged COVID-19 jabs while millions in poor countries died waiting for them, it would amount to “vaccine apartheid”. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa South Africa and India have been pushing for a waiver on some intellectual property (IP) rights for vaccines and medicines at ...

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