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19 January 2017
                       
 
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19 Jan 2017
 
 
WC: WC fires update: Allegations of criminal activity
STATEMENT
A major fire in the Stilbaai area has caused serious damage to power lines and farms in the area. Farmers are urged NOT to light back burns without the consent of the incident command centre....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dirty Bankers – How HSBC is Financing Forest Destruction for Palm Oil
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HSBC, headquartered in the UK, is currently one of the largest providers of financial services to the palm oil industry. HSBC has detailed policies on forestry and agricultural commodities...
 
 
17 Jan 2017
 
WC: Anton Bredell on WC fires update
STATEMENT
There are at least 19 fires currently being fought across the Western Cape, mainly in the Cape Peninsula, West Coast and Cape Winelands districts. The major incident at the moment is a fire in the...
 
 
 
 
"Eskom wrong about renewable energy costs"
OPINION
Eskom claims that renewable energy is causing a “net loss to the economy”, but if we look into the future and beyond vested interests, it is easy to see that renewable energy is now the cheapest...
 
 
The African towns falling into decline and poverty after mining companies use resources then exit
THE COVERSATION
The town of Fria in Guinea was built around bauxite mining in 1957. It used to have good facilities: water, electricity, schools, housing and hospitals. But since the last company mining there...
 
 
16 Jan 2017
 
Ramaphosa, TeamSA in Davos for the World Economic Forum 2017
ECONOMICS
The Presidency said on Monday that South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has arrived in Davos, Switzerland to lead a high-level government, business and labour delegation to the 2017...
 
 
KZN: KwaZulu-Natal Province on death of driver, Bongani Maduna
STATEMENT
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is experiencing yet again the tragic loss of a valuable civil servant who distinguished himself amongst many through his humbleness and exceptional...
 
 
SA: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa departs for Davos ahead of 2017 World Economic Forum
STATEMENT
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today, Sunday 15 January depart for Davos, Switzerland where he will lead, on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, a high-level government,...
 
 
13 Jan 2017
 
GCIS: Deputy President Ramaphosa to lead the South African delegation to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland
STATEMENT
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on 17-20 January 2017. The World Economic Forum's Annual...
 
 
 
 
Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production
RECOMMENDATION
This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy...
 
 
 
 
The Environmental Risks of Neonicotinoid Pesticides – A review of the evidence post-2013
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Neonicotinoid pesticides were first introduced in the mid-1990s and since then their use has grown rapidly so that they have become the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, with the...
 
 
11 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Outa broadens scope to investigate water administration issues
WATER
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday said it would set its sights on South Africa’s ongoing water issues, through the introduction of an additional portfolio aimed at...
 
 
 
 
South Africa has work to do to make government more accountable
THE CONVERSATION
The South African government completed its term as lead-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in December 2016. The partnership is an international initiative formed by eight countries in...
 
 
How bucking climate change accord would hinder fight against HIV/AIDS
THE CONVERSATION
The potential withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement has broad implications for society and the environment. While much attention has concentrated upon melting glaciers,...
 
 
 
                       
 
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