Barbara Creecy faces first major court action as SA’s new minister of environmental affairs

. Just days after World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June 2019, South Africa’s new Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, faces a huge wake-up call as environmental justice groups  launch a major legal action demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. On Friday 7 June 2019, groundWork […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]

Update on issuing of Chamber of Mines Certificates

The Minerals Council South Africa will continue with the registration of learners to sit the examinations for the Chamber of Mines Certificates. A few years ago, the Minerals Council South Africa (then Chamber of Mines), along with various stakeholders, took a decision to phase out the conducting of examinations in the Chamber of Mines Certificates. […]

Workshop discusses National Spatial Development Framework

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”. Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a […]

Addressing a national climate change adaptation strategy

Recent severe weather events, which resulted in the loss of life and the destruction of property in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, have raised concerns about climatic changes in the region. The Department of Environmental Affairs published its draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy document recently which outlines the Department’s goals, vision, objectives and […]

Digital farming’s inroads into South African agriculture

Farmers, investors and entrepreneurs in agriculture are not new to digital technology, but the recent NAMPO Harvest Day trade show held this week in Bothaville, Free State, indicates how advanced and popular these solutions have become. The term “precision farming” describes the important role that geospatial technologies such as GNSS and satellite imagery play in […]

SA ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies, minister tells conference

South Africa is ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies to improve security of supply and increase access to electricity to all its citizens.  In his keynote address at the opening of the 2019 Africa Utility Week and Powergen Africa 2019 in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said the conference offered a […]

Release of ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

In April, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence presented their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation. According to the guidelines, trustworthy artificial intelligence should be: Lawful – respecting […]