Richard Davies

Non-nuclear Koeberg: 105m tonnes coal needed

If the power station at Koeberg in the Western Cape were coal-fired and not nuclear, it would have needed to burn more than 105-million tonnes of the black stuff over the past two decades to equal the power it has produced from just 621 tonnes of uranium, says Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Free water for poor only, says govt committee

A parliamentary committee has recommended South Africa's free basic water (FBW) policy be ''re-determined'' to exclude those who can afford to pay for their water supply. The FBW policy currently provides, free of charge, 6 000 litres of water per household per month to more than two-thirds of South Africa's population.

Cycad poachers strip South Africa’s rare plants

Rare and endangered cycad plants, often referred to as living fossils, are being stolen in South Africa at an alarming rate, with at least two species from Limpopo province having disappeared completely. According to the National Botanical Institute, the country's botanical gardens are also being targeted by cycad poachers.

Low-flying helicopters face the chop

Noisy, low-flying helicopters, the bane of weekend walkers seeking a little peace and tranquillity within the borders of the Table Mountain National Park, may soon be a thing of the past. Draft legislation currently before Parliament aims to limit the height at which an aircraft can fly over the park, or any other protected area in South Africa, ''to a level of 2 500 feet above the highest point''.

German beetle thieves plead guilty

Four German nationals pleaded guilty to illegally collecting rare stag beetles in the Western Cape when they appeared in the Paarl Regional Court on Monday. The beetles, of the Colophon genus, are reportedly worth thousands of rands on international markets.

SA shipwrecks rise from the deep

From centuries-old shipwrecks to ancient Stone Age middens and fish traps, South Africa's coastline is a treasure-trove of historical gems and archaeological riches. Little information is available on the exact location and condition of these sites -- but now the country's first long-term underwater heritage survey has been launched.

Most Transkei anglers ignorant about regulations

Many fishermen angling from the shore along the Transkei coast are paying lip service to regulations governing the number and size of the fish they may catch, and most are ignorant about closed seasons for certain species.Richard Davies

African parks in peril, say experts

The world is short of about ,5-billion a year to effectively maintain its existing system of national parks, according to a study released by a team of international experts at the World Parks Congress in Durban. Among those hardest hit by the shortfall are some African parks, where the situation is described as ''perilous''.

John Ross hot on the heels of toothfish pirates

The 19-day chase of a Uraguayan trawler with a suspected hold full of poached Patagonian toothfish is expected to reach a climax within hours.

SA steams after the Patagonian pirates

The South African polar vessel SA Agulhas was on Wednesday steaming south at full speed from Marion Island to intercept the fleeing Uruguayan trawler Viarsa 1.
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  • Moosa blames province for Pondoland park delay

    The delay in establishing the Pondoland National Park in the Eastern Cape is due to opposition from the government in that province, Environment Minister Valli Moosa said on Thursday.

    Govt plants to build more large dams

    Government says it will build more large dams in areas of South Africa where it believes they are needed, although it has pledged to do so in a technically, environmentally and socially responsible way.

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