South Africa benefits from renewables

South Africa benefits from renewables

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has won international awards for its efficiency and impact. Over its four rounds, the cost of renewable power generation has fallen, and power and hope have been brought to forgotten communities.
SA initiative to grow renewables industry

Irish group lands South Africa wind farm

Two wind farms, with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts and representing an investment of R5.9-billion, will be built by the Irish company, Mainstream Renewable Power. The wind farms are in the Nama Khoi municipality in Northern Cape and in the Cape Winelands district.
SA site eyes world heritage status

Oceans Day puts the focus on South Africa’s fish stocks

The ocean as a resource was highlighted at World Oceans Day celebrations, with WWF South Africa's Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative highlighting its #SASSIStories campaign, and various speakers pointing to the dangers of overfishing, pollution and other issues.
South Africa pours millions into sanitation

South Africa pours millions into sanitation

South Africa aims to have eradicated the bucket system in formal areas by December. Water is critical to this. Disposing human waste through flushing toilets that use drinking-quality water is also unsustainable, and the country is looking at new technology to save water.

South Africa plans for mass urban migration

Almost 80% of the country's people will live in its cities and towns by 2050. A framework is being drawn up to contain this growth, to build "liveable, safe, efficient cities that are socially integrated, economically inclusive places where residents participate actively in urban life".
SA renewables drive draws investors

South Africa on track for more solar power

With a total installed capacity of 82.5MW, the Pulida solar power plant near Kimberley will be able to generate more than 150 gigawatt hours per year once fully operational - or about the annual energy consumption of nearly 50 000 households. It is Enel's second plant in South Africa.
Robben Island to turn to solar power

Robben Island to turn to solar power

The World Heritage site will be retrofitted for solar power in the pilot phase of the Department of Tourism's Tourism Incentive Programme. In time, solar power will be installed in the country's botanical gardens, South African National Parks and world heritage sites.
Fracking: 'water

Team to look at potential impact of Karoo shale gas

If shale gas is found in South Africa, it will contribute to energy security, says the science and technology minister in launching an environmental assessment of shale gas development. The study will improve the understanding of the risks and opportunities inherent in the resource.
Revised trade deficit 'positive news'

National development is South Africa’s priority

Much progress has been made in implementing the initiatives of the National Development Plan, says the minister in the presidency. He lists investments in the ports and in aquaculture, as well as programmes in health care delivery and Operation Phakisa labs in mining and education.
Relocating rhino to create new breeding populations

Relocating rhino to create new breeding populations

Nineteen black rhino have been released at an undisclosed location in South Africa under WWF South Africa's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project to create a new breeding population of the critically endangered animals.

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