We're happy to launch an isiXhosa version of our popular basic guide to climate change. We believe it is the only document of its kind, so please copy and share it freely. Download here (430KB). Thanks go to Mpumi Mlalusi and the late Zukiswa Hani.
Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline: 0800 205 005
The Centre for Environmental Rights is calling on all partners, concerned citizens and supporters of environmental rights in South Africa to make use of National Government's special 24-hour toll-free hotline to report any concerts about violations of environmental laws.
The Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline provides a platform for members of the public to voice their concerns about environmental transgressions. Set up by the Department for Environmental Affairs since 2006, and ,managed by an independent operator, it extends the capability of environmental authorities to detect and tackle non-compliance.
Your call will be answered by trained operators who will issue you with a reference number for your complaint. Any activity that you suspect contravenes an environmental law or regulation can be reported, whether it is about waste dumping, wildlife poaching, water pollution and sanitation services, etc.
Your call ensures that these violations do not go unnoticed and enables Government to measure and act on behalf of everyone's right to an environment not harmful to health or wellbeing.
Your call matters - whether you choose to remain anonymous or not - call the national Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline 0800 205 005.
In an attempt to make EMG's work more visible, we comissioned writers, photographers, graphic artists and web-sepcialists to help us articulate something of the essense of what we do. The result is four Untold Stories which can be accessed with the click of a button! The four stories from four diverse communities include:
Makhaza: ‘This is my Kirstenbosch!’ visits a once litter-strewn wetland in a township outside Cape Town which has become the community’s own botanical pride.
Rebirth in the Ancient Bokkeveld heads into up onto the weather-scoured plateau in the Northern Cape to visit a retired wheat and sheep farm that’s having its work-weary slopes restored to health.
Kobus February & the Place of Thorns is an illustrated story of the fictional character which brings to life the reality of labourers working to grow South Africa’s food.
Frack that is a cut-budget blog in which EMG asks government how it will police pollution caused by a fracking spill.
Farm workers can now learn more about how they fit into the farming system, how the economy works, and the role of trade in the economy, through direct access to a free online training manual.
The manual was developed for the Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT) by the Cape Town-based civil society organisation, the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), as part of their ongoing work to offer training and skills development for small scale farmers and farm workers.
Read more here...
21 November 2013
WATCH A Wave Ahead here.
CAPE TOWN: The towering kelp forest in a central tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium is stirred into perpetual swaying motion by an artificial wave driven by a mechanical plunger in the far corner of the tank. Looking at this constant movement in the water, aquarium technical manager Mike de Maine thought: how do we capture that energy and make it do something useful for us?
And so, the aquarium’s technical team built a tilted box at water surface level, with a PVC chimney coming out the top of it. Each time the water sloshes up into the box, it forces air through the chimney at as much 100 km per hour, which drives a tiny wind turbine inside the pipe. As the wave recedes, the vacuum created inside the box sucks air back down the chimney, driving the turbine once more.
CAPE TOWN: The fishing communities of the Cape West Coast have been managing their marine resources for decades, and their knowledge of the sea needs to be seen as a valuable resource by authorities who are grappling with the challenges of co-managing the country’s fisheries.
Zuki Nomwa, with the Cape-based civil society organisation the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), has been working with traditional fishing communities for three years to encourage local scientific research, and push for fair access to the sea’s resources.
CAPE TOWN: The impacts of climate change are too region-specific to allow for generalised development projects to be run at pilot level and then ‘upscaled’ viably across a wider region.
Speaking at a water and climate change seminar hosted by the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) this week, EMG project manager Jessica Wilson said it was time to interrogate the idea that a project which works well in one place can be rolled out everywhere.
CAPE TOWN: An educated public is one that demands more of its politicians, is more discerning in who it votes for, and can push for service delivery that is sustainable in the long term, the Environmental Monitoring Group’s (EMG’s) water and climate change seminar heard this week.
This emerged after a community member from Makhaza, Khayelitsha, testified to how she had been empowered as an activist, simply by receiving education on the water cycle through various civil society-organised workshops. The result of this capacity building was a groundswell of activism within the community which has pushed the City of Cape Town to be more equitable in its water service delivery, community involvement in clearing up a nearby wetland, and food gardening.