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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
Johan Klingenberg is an optimist. He also used to be your everyday cattle and sheep farmer in the lush valleys of Mpumalanga. Recently, however, with the support of Nedbank, Johan has become a local hero and a champion in the fight against water thirsty alien invasive trees in Enkangala.
One of the greatest challenges is to provide sanitation to growing cities in the developing world. For this reason, leading scientists, practitioners and innovators presented cutting-edge sanitation solutions aimed at closing gaps in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals at the International Faecal Sludge Management Conference.
Procon, a local environmental engineering specialist, is assisting the Moatize Coal-Mining Project in Tete, Mozambique, to recycle 80% of its water.
Nanotechnology could play a bigger role in water treatment in the developing world, where large-scale distribution centres do not exist yet.
WATER360 talks to Professor Hannes van Wyk from the Department of Botany and Zoology and the SU Water Institute at the Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Science about developing biomarkers to detect endocrine-disrupting elements in water.
I-Cat Environmental Solutions recently completed a GAP analysis on the legal compliance with environmental regulations at one of its large industrial clients. The report highlighted several shortcomings.
Nedbank has invested R9-million in WWF South Africa’s Water Balance Programme. The Umgeni node in the Durban/Pietermaritzburg region of KwaZulu-Natal is a remarkable example of what the project can achieve.
South Africa’s acid-mine drainage (AMD) problem is the result of many years of mining and the resultant impact on the environment. On the Witwatersrand and surrounds the problem is as old as the commercial mining of gold itself – the discovery and early mining of which occurred over 120 years ago. It would be interesting (but perhaps academic) to know when mining companies (and the government) became aware of the problem. One would think that as soon as the prolific dolomitic and other water inflows into mines were encountered on the Witwatersrand (the name itself implies an abundance of run-off water) and the chemistry of the reef was known, the realisation must have dawned that there was going to be a problem.