Supermoon 2016

Supermoon 2016

Ever looked up at the night sky to see a full moon so close you could almost touch it? Well done, you’ve spotted a supermoon. The impressive sight happens when a full moon is closest to Earth. It orbits our planet in an oval shape so sometimes it comes closer to us than at other times. To us Earth-lings, the moon appears 30 per […]

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Department to hand over draft water master plan in October

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has until the second week of October to submit a draft National Waterand Sanitation Master Plan to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation. The development of the master plan is aimed at ensuring effective oversight over the department and ensuring implementation of water policy, while allowing for decisive decision-making when it comes to the scarce commodity. While the committee […]

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Demand for Land Bank drought-relief loans surging

The bank stated on Tuesday that it had received applications for loans amounting to just under R200-million to date. “While these applications have not been approved yet, the demand gives a glimpse into the bleak future [of the local agricultural sector],” said Land Bank executive manager for commercial development Sydney Soundy on Wednesday.   Speaking […]

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Drought costs agriculture sector R16bn

The worst drought in decades has cost South Africa’s agricultural industry some R16-billion to date; however, despite many provinces being hard-hit by the prolonged drought conditions, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana did not believe the crisis was deep enough to declare a national emergency. Government would continue its drought relief measures with some […]

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Drought to impact WC agriculture production by 10%

The ongoing drought conditions in the Western Cape will reduce animal, crop and horticultural production by as much as 10%, which will have a significant impact on the price of consumer goods, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde warns. At a Minister and Members of Executive Council meeting, held in Pretoria last week, Winde […]

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South Africa’s climate change goals could lead to business uncertainty – PwC Back

South Africa’s goal to close the gap between business-as-usual carbon intensity from 4.7% a year to 1.5% a year is ambitious and is starting from a very high base – the highest of the Group of 20 countries, a PwC report has shown. PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index outlined that the country’s Intended Nationally Desired […]

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