Northern Farm, situated on the declared Diepsloot Nature Reserve in Gauteng, is a working farm, adjunct to the water treatment works, and a popular recreational site just outside the city of Johannesburg. And it is under threat of being dismantled.
A chronicle of events lists the sad demise of open space and a litany of senseless decisions which sadly, impact on the poor, stifle skills transfer, bring to an end a valuable agricultural research programme and make living in Joburg a little less rewarding.
Fast is not always good. Species are becoming extinct at the fastest rate known in geological history, and most of these extinctions are tied to human activity. This year is the UN Year of Biodiversity and it seems as if in the blink of an eye, we are already half-way through it.
South Africa's first Green Economy Summit ended with delegates calling for the development of green growth policies and regulations which support the development of clean technologies.
As part of the declaration, the 650 delegates - including international guests - resolved to put the brakes on carbon emissions and other forms of pollution that have proved to be a hurdle to green economy development. The summit, held in Sandton, ended on Thursday.
If we had a crisis we would be talking about an outbreak of diseases, but we don't want to get there and we won't get there", is Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica's response to the Blue Drop Report. This report indicated that only 7% of water treatment works in South Africa are compliant with criteria determined for E.coli bacteria, nitrates and phosphates.
"When everybody is sick; that would be a crisis," said Sonjica .
The Blue Scorpions have determined that water samples at Grootvlei Mine in Springs show the sulphate levels from the mine outlet exceeded the recommended operational limits. The report by the Blue Scorpions indicates that contaminated water is being pumped out of the mine shaft into a purification plant and being discharged into the Blesbokspruit untreated.
The Minister of Water Affairs has responded in draft to questions submitted by Gareth Morgan of the Democratic Alliance on the burning issue of Acid Mine Drainage on the West Rand.
The AMD on the West Rand is not a theoretical debate. The matter should be of grave concern to people residing in Gauteng, and is a quantitative example of government's response to the citizens' right to an environment that is now harmful.
Recently unveiled at the ongoing 2013 Seoul Motor Show, the E4U is a one-seater that can move easily in any direction. It travels on a rotating front sphere and two rear training-wheel-like supports. Propulsion is
In spite of technology and all the gadgets we now have available to be paperless, paper is still a part of every office. In the future we may be able to re-use the printed page by un-printing it.
The technology relies on nano-second bursts of laser energy to remove the toner from the page. And that can be done up to five times.