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I just want to commend your organisation for the service you are offering and to let you know that myself and other households on our street in Constantia Park are 100% behind the initiative.                                                                                                     I am a confirmed ‘ Greenie’ and your service is saving me a long drive every month to drop off my recycling. It is high time that South Africans develop a conscience regarding waste and the detrimental effects on the environment. Stephanie Kruger

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Unfortunately, the world's wetlands are disappearing. There’s no use of sugar-coating it.Several actions have been implemented over the past years to conserve and protect our natural wetlands. If you want to conserve and protect wetlands, well, you must work with what you have.Let’s face it, South Africa is a water scarce country, and therefore it is our duty to bring any innovation to this scarce resource to the citizens of the country. There have been various awareness strategies put in place to have South Africans, in particular, assist in the protection of wetlands as they are essential in the purification of water.New policies have been implemented and strings have been drawn tighter in order to conserve and preserve our wetlands. What is most interesting, most wetlands are privately owned, but the protection of the wetlands has become a public concern. The current focus the to improve the water quality as a habitat for wildlife.In 2002, Working for Wetlands, a nation-wide...
Published on 13 February 2017.
Wetlands is a place where the land is covered by water, usually in low-lying areas where the water stands still or lies low. The occurrence of water in the wetland is either permanently or seasonally. The water is either fresh, salty water or brackish. This biome occurs on every continent except for Antarctica.Wetlands’ values and functions, either social, cultural or economic, to people rely on a compound set of relationships between the wetland and other ecosystems in the watershed.This biome act like sponges by holding flood waters and keeping the rivers’ water levels normal, as well as benefiting the human population by water filtration to maintain a good water quality, protection from severe storm damages, flood and pest control, recreation and tourist activities. The water that flows through a wetland system. The plants found in the wetlands prevent the loss of water (water erosion). Wetlands are used to cultivate rice, which is an important nutrient to half of the world’s...
Published on 06 February 2017.
Over the past few weeks, newly elected President Donald Trump caused an uproar with the signing of three executive memos on Monday 23 January 2017.Focussing only the new developments in the coal industry, various independent researchers are questioning whether Trump really knows what he is doing and if he isn’t just making a huge calculation error.According to Trump, he declares that the new developments will increase workers’ wage by $30 billion over the next seven years, as there have been found a net gain in jobs from Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The billion-dollar question remains, what will happen after seven years?Researchers have found several contradictions in Trump’s plans for America. The biggest contradiction is his promise to recover the coal industry, well at the same time boosting its natural gas production. Energy experts commented on this by stating the significant influence in coal’s intense decline is, in fact, the cheap natural gas. Some analyses show that solar jobs...
Published on 31 January 2017.
Sweden’s revolutionary recycling system is the talk of the town when looking for new and innovative ways to implement zero waste strategies. Less than 1% of their domestic waste has been sent to landfill last year. How did they do that?While most countries are battling to keep waste from their landfill sites, the Scandinavian country has been forced to import waste from the UK, Italy, Norway, and Ireland to keep its Waste-to-Energy plants operative, although it tends to be only a temporary for the time being.Sweden government have implemented a close-knit national recycling policy that focusses on sustainability initiatives. This enables private companies to undertake the majority of the business of waste being imported and burned. The energy goes into a “national heating network”.“That’s a key reason that we have this district network, so we can make use of the heating from the waste plants. In the southern part of Europe, they don’t make use of the heating from the waste, it just...
Published on 16 January 2017.
Since the previous data research in 2013, the number of polluted areas have increased and added to South Africa’s database.During 2016’s data conduction, Johannesburg, who was rated as the most polluted urban region in 3 years ago, had to make place for a new addition: Hartebeespoort. It was no surprise that Hartebeespoort was crowned for having the worst air pollution in South Africa.According to the World Bank research in September last year, air pollution kills about 20 000 people in South Africa each year – almost as many as in traffic. The total deaths cost the economy nearly R300-million per annum.Tshwane and Johannesburg is taking the second and third place irrespectively, with Cape Town taking the 13th position on the ranking list.Research have found mining operations to be the biggest culprit for air quality problems.  
Published on 11 January 2017.
Having the title as a full time working wife, my Saturday mornings are fully booked. But this Saturday doing laundry got a whole new meaning. With the implementation of level 3 water restrictions, and worrying how I am going to water my front garden (I only have pot plants and succulents in my back yard) during the summer months, I came up with a brilliant idea.Firstly, I must give you a rough idea on the layout of my home. My washing machine is in the furthest corner of my kitchen, which shares the open plan with my lounge area. The only way I could possibly be able to get this operation to work, is to wangle my washing machine in the middle of my entrance, closet to the door. Being a rookie on this wasn’t easy, but at least I knew a whole bunch of towels and duct tape would become handy. I dragged my hose pipe through my front door and connected it with the outlet pipe of the washing machine, taped it tightly together, placed a bucket underneath, spread the whole...
Published on 08 November 2016.
Let's face it. With all the outrageously dumb stories that plague our political platforms and radio airwaves these days, the concept of a 'smart city' in South Africa has never sounded more appealing...and perhaps more impossible. But the truth is, on the comparative spectrum of human history, South Africa is not that far off from its reality.  The rise of the cityUrbanisation is on an unprecedented rise, with about 60 percent of the global population (and 90 percent of the African population) expected to live in cities by 2030. What once took 150 years for the urbanisation rate in European countries to go from 10 percent to 50 percent has now taken one-third of that time in many Asian countries. An estimated 5-billion citizens are due to occupy every nook and cranny of the late 21st-century's burgeoning-to-busting city spaces. The obvious questions that cringe like a white elephant in the corner remain, who's going to flip this bill and however will the planet cope? ...
Published on 08 July 2016.
There is a painful paradox at play in our backyard. An estimated 13-million people go to bed hungry every night in South Africa. And yet, just outside their reach, approximately 10.2 million tonnes of harvested, produced and processed, and imported food rot in the ground every year. This reality falls tragically short of the freedom that Mandela so tirelessly fought for, a freedom that "is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs..."  Even the average middle-upper class South African suburbanite would liken grocery shopping to a game of Tetris these days - choosing and replacing items on the shelf until the selected few satisfy the tight squeeze and fall within the confines of the budget. How much more do the poor suffer in the wake of this economy's insatiable appetite? It is unthinkable to consider that, adding to the financial vice currently gripping our cash flow by the throat, we are paying for wasted food.  In 2013 the total cost of food waste in South...
Published on 29 June 2016.
In my Gramma's home a half-finished plate of food sat on the table like a swear word on the lips - unnecessary, offensive and entirely inappropriate. The idea that such a vital resource would be banished to the dustbin was unthinkable, when "there are starving children in Ethiopia." With an estimated one-third of the edible portion of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, it seems time to heed the proverbial grandmother nagging at our global table manners. Globally 15-25% of all food is lost or wasted somewhere within the production-to-processing chain, amounting to an approximate 1.3 billion tonnes of wastage per year.  This percentage is exceedingly higher in industrialised North America and Oceana, where food loss and waste is a whopping 42% of the food available. In South Africa it is estimated that, out of 31 million tonnes of food produced annually, 10 million tonnes fall between the cracks. All in all, Ouma se kos is being sadly squandered around the...
Published on 09 June 2016.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Rainwater Harvesting Market 2016-2020" report to their offering.The global rainwater harvesting market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the period 2016-2020.Some of the benefits of rainwater harvesting include:Quality of rainwater is relatively better than groundwater.It can reduce storm drainage load and flooding.These systems are flexible, can be constructed quickly, and are not labor intensive.The rainwater harvesting system is used to recharge groundwater artificially. This method is primarily followed to improve and develop groundwater resources. The primary methods for groundwater recharge are recharge pits, recharge trenches, tube wells, and recharge wells.According to the report, inadequate water management and improper re-use of water are cited to be the reasons for the water scarcity. Rainwater harvesting is an affordable solution to overcome such water stress. Also, it could be a vital alternative...
Published on 20 May 2016.

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