Perspectives

New funds will combat environmental degradation.

 

The Third Assembly of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), held in Cape Town at the end of August this year, was opened with statements by the Minister of Environment, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Premier of Western Cape Province, Ebrahim Rasool, the CEO/Chairperson of the GEF, Monique Barbut, and the Executive Deputy-President of South Africa, Her Excellency Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:57

Some African development indicators improve

According to the annual World Bank publication, African Development Indicators (ADI) 2006, issued on 30 October 2006, many African countries have lifted significant percentages of their citizens above the poverty line and could be on course to meet the income poverty Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving poverty by 2010.

 

Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:56

GEF challenged by Trevor Manuel

During the recent Global Environment Facility (GEF) meeting in Cape Town, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel called for the organisation to develop a ‘vulnerability index’ that would facilitate the flow of development finance to those countries vulnerable to climate change and other factors.
Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:55

South African companies and the environment

A review has now been issued of the survey South African Companies in the 21st Century: Opportunities for Global Leadership which was conducted as part of a series by the Trade & Investment Programme of the World Fund for Nature (WWF).


 

Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:52

Toxic waste? Dump it on Africa

On 19 August 2006, a Korean-built, Dutch-chartered, Greek-managed and Panama-registered tanker, the Probo Koala, docked at Abidjan and discharged 500 tonnes of toxic materials on the Ivory Coast seaport.
A 155-page report issued by the World Bank Group regarding its survey Doing Business 2007: How to Reform, which compared regulations in 175 economies throughout the world, had some interesting things to say about Africa.

Google recently announced a new strategic initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources that will be cheaper than electricity produced from coal.

 

The SABA voices their views
Thursday, 16 April 2009 11:03

Energy scenarios for a sustainable future

Brian Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), presented the World Energy Council (WEC) study, ‘Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050’, during the 20th World Energy Congress in Rome.