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Preparations underway for COP18

The last Conference of Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Durban, South Africa in December 2011 and came out with the Durban Platform of Enhanced Action (DPEA). The next round of talks...

Smart grids – intelligent electricity networks

Smart grids. Smart metering. If you are the kind of person who is regularly to be found around conferences where utilities and especially power supplies issues are discussed, you will be familiar with these words. In fact, you may even be one of...

Water scarcity is a harsh reality!

South Africa can address its ever-increasing ecological footprint by looking at its commodities holistically, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF SA) said on Tuesday. “We need a more integrated view of our landscapes,” Deon Nel, head of...

Namibian municipality and Drakenstein sign MoU

The City of Windhoek (CoW) and the Drakenstein Municipality in South Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the area of economic development, trade, tourism, culture, sports and urban planning and land management. Windhoek mayor...

Motlanthe gets behind the e-toll wheel

Nazir Alli might be out of the picture, but Sanral’s plans to roll out e-tolling endure. This week the government task team headed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will begin trying to work out what to do about the court interdict barring the...

State-owned construction firm mooted

The Department of Human Settlements (DOHS) is considering establishing a state-owned construction company. This is according to a statement made by the Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale on Wednesday. Sexwale outlined that when houses are...