There could be a shortage of clean water if South Africans do not work to conserve it, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Monday.
“If we continue with this trend of using water as if it is an infinite resource, we may find ourselves in some form of trouble,” she said at a New Age breakfast briefing.
“There have been many predictions and pronouncements in the past… that say South Africa will run out of [clean] water.”
She said this was a possibility if South Africans did not help to prevent it.
“We are, however, confident… because our water strategy and our plans for the future are all geared towards sustainability and security of supply,” Molewa said.
“We are not sitting back and we want to rely on you as South Africans to work hard. Everyone of us must contribute to ensure this statement that is always made is not a reality.”
She said her department was dealing successfully with the problem of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand area.
“The cynics have previously told us that Johannesburg will drown in a sea of mine water and that government is folding its arms while the future of the people of Gauteng hangs in the balance,” Molewa said.
She said the department had successfully stopped the “uncontrolled decant” of AMD in the western basin. READ MORE
There is a need today for an effective waste management since inaccurate waste disposal is a huge threat to the health of people and also to the environment. A lot of experts have been proven over the years that inappropriate waste disposal has a lot of detrimental effect to the lives of the people all over the world. These effects can cause diseases to spread because of rodents, insects, and other pests that can cause gastrointestinal problems.
These gastrointestinal problems are also caused by poor disposal of garbage that leads to the multiplication of mosquitoes and cockroaches. These pests can spread a lot of bacteria that can cause illness to people. Improper waste disposal can contaminate the resources around the world. It can greatly contaminate water, soil, and the air. If this thing happens, it can lead to traumatic natural disaster.
People have to know the real definition of waste. Waste is anything that is unusable and unwanted. Around the world there are billions of waste materials that are continuously being produced by man. That is why there is a great need for human to understand the types and how they can manage this waste properly:
• Municipal solid waste – This kind of waste is also called as “urban solid waste” though people are more conscious about this kind of waste every day, this is a fraction of small things that is called rubbish. This rubbish is the biodegradable kitchen waste such as left over foods. Also, other recyclable materials may also be classified as municipal solid waste like papers, cans, bottles, glass, metals and other types of plastic that is reusable. READ MORE
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A global recession has hit in recent years which has sent food prices spiralling upwards; this is due to companies raising their prices to cope with the decrease in profits they have experienced, they know their customers can’t live without food so as long as all of the other food companies do the same thing there is nothing we can do but pay more. Well that is where they are wrong, it may not be as easy, it may be more time consuming and you might be bad at it at first but growing your own food will end up being cheaper and give you much more control over what you put in your body. You know exactly how it has been grown, what fertilizers have been used and that no herbicides or pesticides have been used on it. I will describe some of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ when it comes to growing your own food within this article.
Before growing your own crops make sure you do some research and think about what fruits and vegetables you will be eating at which times of the year, make a timetable of when they need to be planted and make notes as to which conditions they are best suited i.e direct sunlight, shade, damp ground etc… Once you have completed your notes and come up with a plan of which vegetables and fruits you are going to plant move on to the actual stage of planting them. READ MORE
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