G20 set to agree on marine plastic pollution deal

16 June 2019, 10:08 AM
The Group of 20 major economies were set to agree a deal on reducing marine plastic waste at a meeting in Japan Sunday where they also discussed energy security following the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
Plastic and other waste is seen floating on the Marine Lake at New Brighton beach near Liverpool.
Day Zero can still be avoided: JP Smith 27 January 2018, 3:18 PM

The City of Cape Town has warned that it will not be easy to manage anticipated long queues at about 200 water collection points around the city when taps run dry on the 12th of April.

The vessel is responsible for housing the EAF-Nansen programme that supports African countries to manage their fisheries industries in a sustainable way.
Hi-tech ship in Durban to support fisheries industries 27 January 2018, 10:40 AM

The Port of Durban has welcomed the world's most technologically advanced marine research vessel, The Doctor Fridtjof Nansen.

Wet weekend for Gauteng 27 January 2018, 10:06 AM

Gauteng residents can expect showers and thundershowers in the province this weekend.

Philippines prepares for three-month-long volcano emergency 27 January 2018, 8:16 AM

The Philippines is bracing for a possible three-month-long emergency in areas around an erupting volcano, which has already displaced more than 81 000 and led to overcrowded temporary shelters, the disaster agency said on Friday. Mount Mayon in central Albay province remained at alert level 4, a notch below the highest level, as it continued […]

Worms in water spark protest shutting down primary school 26 January 2018, 4:32 PM

Water is an essential driving force of life and a basic human right but not all South Africans have access to the clear liquid gold. In Durban Deep on the Westrand of Johannesburg, parents have become so frustrated at the lack of clean water for their children that they have resorted to vandalism. On Thursday, protesters […]

NMB Metro considers introducing water tariffs 26 January 2018, 3:37 PM

The Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Metro might be forced to increase the water tariffs to control the high volume of water usage if the water situation deteriorates. Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, along with municipality officials and various religious leaders, visited one of the Churchill supply dams outside Humansdorp to pray for rain. “The Metro’s dams […]

Rhino poaching decreases: Minister 26 January 2018, 8:34 AM

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says government's strategy to combat rhino poaching has contributed to the decrease in the illegal trade.

100 years after ‘Spanish flu’, new global pandemics are feared 26 January 2018, 7:30 AM

Ebola, zika, SARS: a century after the "Spanish flu" killed 50 million people, humanity now risks a new wave of deadly diseases, and in today's globalised world another such pandemic may be unavoidable, experts warned at the Davos summit this week.

Rhino horn poaching declines in SA 25 January 2018, 5:47 PM

Environmental Affairs minister Edna Molewa reports on progress made last year with regard to successful conviction of rhino poachers and smugglers.

‘Mahlangu should’ve taken heed when families marched to her offices’ 25 January 2018, 3:34 PM

Life Esidimeni hearings arbitrator Justice Dikgang Moseneke says former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu should have at least listened to family members of the victims of the Esidimeni tragedy when they protested against the transfer of their relatives to NGOs.

Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study 25 January 2018, 6:28 AM

Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday. “If someone smokes one cigarette instead of 20 per day, intuitively we’d think that the risk drops to 1/20, or five percent,” said lead author Allan […]

US funds anti-poaching activities in KZN 24 January 2018, 9:20 PM

A Tactical Joint Operation Centre, also known as the Nerve Centre, has been launched at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

N. Cape water project expected to bring relief 24 January 2018, 4:36 PM

A bulk water supply project in Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape is expected to be completed within the next five months.

Let’s use less water to avoid Day Zero: Maimane 24 January 2018, 11:53 AM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says he is not satisfied with the manner in which the City of Cape Town municipality has dealt with the water crisis, particularly the communication aspect.

Drought stricken W Cape pushes to keep schools open 24 January 2018, 10:46 AM

The Western Cape government has moved into overdrive to ensure that schools remain open amid the biggest water crisis in the country.

WWF calls for water-sharing laws in Cape Town 24 January 2018, 10:37 AM

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Wednesday called for Cape Town to introduce emergency by-laws for groundwater sharing when the city becomes the first in the world to run dry after water restrictions become insufficient amid a three-year drought.

Maimane to brief media on Day Zero action plan 24 January 2018, 6:49 AM

DA leader Mmusi Maimane is on Wednesday expected to brief the media in Cape Town on the party's programme of action to prevent Day Zero, the day when taps will run dry.

Twitter COO Noto jumps ship to head online lender SoFi 23 January 2018, 8:54 PM

Twitter Inc’s Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto has resigned to join online lender Social Finance Inc (SoFi) as its chief executive officer. His departure comes at a time when the social media company is in the middle of a turnaround plan, sending the shares of the owner of microblogging site down as much as 3.9 […]

Tsunami warnings as powerful quake hits off Alaska 23 January 2018, 5:02 PM

A powerful earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck off the coast of Alaska early Tuesday, prompting tsunami warnings or watches as far away as California.

Heavy snow-fall disrupts traffic in Davos 23 January 2018, 11:53 AM

As the World Economic Forum kicks off in the Swiss ski-resort of Davos, the town is experiencing the heaviest snow-fall in 20 years.

WATCH: Communications Minister’s briefing on digital migration 23 January 2018, 11:33 AM

Minister of Communications, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, briefs Parliament's Portfolio Committee on the implementation of Broadcasting Digital Migration (BCM) policy; the appointment of senior executives at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC); the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on its compliance monitoring framework and licence conditions by broadcasters.

Zille cautions Capetonians as Day Zero looms 23 January 2018, 7:44 AM

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says says Day Zero is unavoidable and urged Western Cape consumers to save water.

Life Esidimeni move a collective decision: Mahlangu 22 January 2018, 7:31 PM

Former Gauteng MEC Qedani Mahlangu says the decision to terminate their contract with Life Esidimeni was not her's alone but that of a collective.

Laboratory tests confirm 21 cases of Listeriosis in North West 22 January 2018, 5:53 PM

Laboratory tests have confirmed 21 cases of Listeriosis in the North West.

Decrease in new malaria cases in N. West 22 January 2018, 2:41 PM

The Mpumalanga Health Department says there is a slight decrease in malaria cases compared to last month. More than seven-thousand-300 cases of Malaria have been reported in the province since April 2016. About 1200 were recorded last month alone. “Due to the outbreak of this financial year that started last year April to now , […]

Drought-hit W Cape prepares for Day Zero 22 January 2018, 6:47 AM

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will on Monday meet with the national Disaster Management, police, the army and the State Security Agency to discuss preparations for Day Zero and its aftermath.

Maths app launched in the Eastern Cape 21 January 2018, 4:30 PM

An Eastern Cape graduate has developed a maths app that aims to simplify the subject.

Free State residents urged to save water 21 January 2018, 3:14 PM

The Free State Department of Water and Sanitation has appealed to residents to use water sparingly as dam levels in the province continue to decline due to the recent heatwave.

Five suspected rhino poachers arrested 21 January 2018, 11:23 AM

Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested outside Phalaborwa in Limpopo.

Drought affects Nkomazi farms 21 January 2018, 7:56 AM

Farmers at Nkomazi in the Mpumalanga Lowveld are worried about the harsh weather conditions around the country, with drought and summer heat affecting many areas.