Moontlike Kragtekort in Nelson Mandela Metro

Indien kragverbruik nie dringend met ten minste 10% verminder nie, kan inwoners hulle gereed maak vir beurtkrag.

So waarsku Eskom, die nasionale kragvoorsiener, wat al vir die afgelope paar weke sukkel om aan die verwagte vraag te voorsien. Die kragvoorsiener- wat veral sukkel om die mas op te kom tussen 5nm en 9nm- voorspel n krag-tekort van 9 terrawatt uur. Dit is gelykstaande aan die operasionale bestuur van n 1000MW-kragstasie.

Volgens Roland Williams, munisipale direkteur van kommunikasie, is die Metro se elektrisiteit-aanvraag net onder 700MW. “Die Metro beskik nie eens oor n kragstasie of substasie wat naastenby 1000MW krag kan opwek nie.”

Eskom se uitvoerende hoof, Brian Dames, het gesê die kragstelsel sal vir die volgende 5 jaar onder geweldige druk verkeer. “Die instandhouding-agterstand het oor die jare onvolhoubaar geword. Spaarsamigheid wanneer dit by kragverbruik kom, het dus n noodsaaklikheid geword om ‘spasie’ te skep vir Eskom om sy  instandhoudingsskedule te implementer,” het Dames gesê.

Volgens Williams het Eskom die Metro verlede week gewaarsku dat daar n ernstige tekort aan krag is. “Ons moedig alle inwoners en besighede aan om krag so spaarsamig as moontlik te gebruik. Indien al ons verbruikers 10% van hule gewone verbruik bespaar, sal dit die taak vergemaklik om die kragstelsel in dié moeilike tyd te bestuur,” het Williams gesê.

PE EXPRESS – 08 Februarie 2012

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World Wetlands Day, 2 February

What is World Wetlands Day?

  • 2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials so that government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and groups of citizens can help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.
  • Ramsar Convention defines wetlands as “areas of marsh, fen , peat land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters” .
  • Such definition would include rivers, lakes, swamps, marshes, wet grasslands, estuaries, deltas, mangroves, coral reefs, human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoir, and salt pans among others.

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Have your say on Waste Management in Nelson Mandela Bay!

Press Release

January 9, 2012

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) is currently reviewing its Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP), which is a planning tool that will guide the Municipality’s waste management activities over the next five years and we would like you, as residents, to submit your contributions. The closing date for contributions is 17 February 2012.

Standing Committee Chairperson for Public Health, Cllr Patricia Ndlovu, said as part of the planning process, the NMBM is undertaking a Public Perception Survey to determine how residents perceive waste management in the city, what they feel the challenges are, and how they would like to see these issues addressed.

The Public Perception Survey is available online via a link on the NMBM homepage ( or you can pick up a hard copy from municipal clinics, customer care centres and libraries across Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality won the coveted Cleanest City Award twice and also received the second price on several occasions since the inauguration of the awards in 2002 as a result of its proactive approach to Waste Management.

The Public Perception Survey was started on 30 November 2011.

Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726/041 502 0000).

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The Package of Decisions made at COP 17 in Durban 2011:

The Package of decisions known as the Durban Platform, centered around adaption, green climate fund, technology and strategies to support developing countries.
Work will begin on this immediately under a new group called the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.
“I salute the countries who made this agreement. They have all laid aside some cherished objectives of their own to meet a common purpose – a long-term solution to climate change,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Figueres said this is highly significant because the Kyoto Protocol’s accounting rules, mechanisms and markets all remain in action as effective tools to leverage global climate action and as models to inform future agreements.
A significantly advanced framework for the reporting of emission reductions for both developed and developing countries was also agreed, taking into consideration the common but differentiated responsibilities.
Governments also agreed on the full implementation of The Package to support developing nations, agreed last year in Cancun, Mexico.
“This means that urgent support for the developing world, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt to climate change, will also be launched on time,” said Figueres.
The Package includes the Green Climate Fund, an Adaptation Committee designed to improve the coordination of adaptation actions on a global scale, and a Technology Mechanism, which are to become fully operational in 2012.
“While it is clear that these deadlines must be met, countries, citizens and businesses that have been behind the rising global wave of climate action can now push ahead confidently, knowing that Durban has lit up a broader highway to a low-emission, climate resilient future,” said Figueres.

Details of key decisions that emerged from COP17 include:
Green Climate Fund
– Countries have already started to pledge to contribute to start-up costs of the fund, meaning it can be made ready in 2012, and at the same time can help developing countries get ready to access the fund, boosting their efforts to establish their own clean energy futures and adapt to existing climate change.
– A focussed work programme on long-term finance was agreed, which will contribute to the scaling up of climate change finance going forward and will analyse options for the mobilisation of resources from a variety of sources.
– The Adaptation Committee, composed of 16 members, will report to the COP (Conference of the Parties) on its efforts to improve the coordination of adaptation (measuring) actions at a global scale.
– The adaptive capacities above all of the poorest and most vulnerable countries are to be strengthened. National Adaptation Plans will allow developing countries to assess and reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
The most vulnerable are to receive better protection against loss and damage caused by extreme weather events related to climate change.
–   will become fully operational in 2012. The full terms of reference for the operational arm of the Mechanism – the Climate Technology Centre and Network – are agreed, along with a clear procedure to select the host. The UNFCCC secretariat will issue a call for proposals for hosts on 16 January 2012.
Support of developing country action
– Governments agreed a registry to record developing country mitigation (reducing) actions that seek financial support and to match these with support. The registry will be a flexible, dynamic, web-based platform.
Other key decisions
– A forum and work programme on unintended consequences of climate change actions and policies were established.
– Under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, governments adopted procedures to allow carbon-capture and storage projects. These guidelines will be reviewed every five years to ensure environmental integrity.
Governments agreed to develop a new market-based mechanism to assist developed countries in meeting part of their targets or commitments under the Convention. Details of this will be taken forward in 2012.

The COP18/CMP8, will take place on 26 November to 7 December 2012 in Qatar, in close cooperation with the Republic of Korea.

– BuaNews

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What is a Carbon Footprint?

What is a Carbon Footprint?

Carbon refer to Carbon Dioxide, a colourless odourless gas, formed by the burning of carbon/fossil fuels, or breathed out by animals/humans from the lungs

Footprint – Impression of a human or an animal foot on a surface. (Oxford Dictionary)


Carbon Footprint is the total set of greenhouse gas emissions/release/production/discharge, cause by an organisation, event, production or person through burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transport etc.

In other words: The measurement of the total amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4) emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources sinks and storage within the spatial and temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest, is called The Carbon Footprint.


Carbon Footprint originates from the ecological footprint discussion. It’s a subset of the ecological footprint and of the comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment. The Ecological Footprint is a measurement of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems.

How is it Measured?

The Carbon Footprint is measured in units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Two Parts: Primary Footprint and Secondary Footprint. Primary Footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from burning Fossil Fuels, including domestic energy consumption and transportation. We have direct control of these.

Secondary Footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the whole lifecycle of products we use, from manufacturing to the eventual breakdown. In other words: the more se buy, the more emissions is caused on our behalf.

What influence the growth of Carbon Footprint?

Population, economic output, energy and carbon intensity of the economy; these factors are the main targets to decrease carbon footprint.


How can we ease or lessen the growing carbon footprint? By developing alternative projects, such as solar/wind energy or reforestation. Decrease the amount of energy needed for production or to decrease the dependence on carbon emitting fuels. This represents only a few ways of reducing Carbon Footprint and is also called Carbon Offsetting.

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Subsidies vir sonkraggeisers droop op!

Die installering van laedruk-sonkraggeisers in die Baai is voorlopig gestaak omdat Eskom se subsidies daarvoor opgedroog het.

Die sondraggeisers is n Eskom-projek en word deur hom gefinansier. Sowat 30 586 geisers is al by regeringshuise hier aangebring. George Ferreira, van die maatskappy wat die geisers installeer, het gesê hulle het al 120 000 huishoudings voorsien.

Ferreira het op n onlangse komiteevergadering oor infrastruktuur, ingenieurswese en energie gesê die projek is gestaak weens geldnood en hy weet nie wannneer dit hervat sal word nie.

Volgens Mnr. Ferreira spaar huiseienaars  maandeliks sowat R30 aan krag met laedruk- sonkrag-geisers. Hulle het egter heelwat probleme ondervind tydens die installering. “Talle huiseienaars wat by hul huise laat aanbou het se dakke voldoen nie aan die standaarde nie en ons kon nie installasies doen nie. Ons het ook enkele lekke ondervind omdat vullertenks wat plaaslik vervaardig en SABS-goedgekeur is, foutief was. Ons moes 6000 van die vullertenks vervang. Sommige foutiewe krane is vervang. Van die geysers wat verkeerd geïnstalleer is, het van huiseienaars se dakke afgewaai.” Dié probleme het veroorsaak dat die maatskappy nie soveel wins gemaak het as wat hy aanvanklik bereken het nie.

Helga van Staaden – PE Express, 21 September 2011

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Go Green in 4 Weeks

Week 3

Day 15: Go paperless.

With email and online invoicing, there aren’t many reasons why you shouldn’t be using less paper. Use the internet as much as possible and eliminate the need for paper waste.

Day 16: Handel with care.

Taking care of what you have is an essential part of being green. The longer you are able to use existing items, the less waste you’ll create by buying new things.

Day 17: Plant a plant.

Having house or office plants are not just aesthetically pleasing, they also help keep the air you breathe clean and fresh.

Day 18: Collect your cans.

During the first week of your green plan, you started recycling paper. Now you are ready to move up the recycling grid to cans. Contact Collect-a-Can to find your nearest collection point. Before you recycle them, make sure they are clean and dry.

Day 19: Repurpose your rubbish.

Before you throw out or give away the great items you have lying around in your home, think of creative ways to re-use your treasures. You may find that your old ladder could make an interesting shelf.

Day 20: Buy local.

Purchasing locally grown fruits and vegetables reduces the amount of processing, packaging and transportation needed to get the foodfrom the farm to your table.

Day 21: Take it in or let it out.

Find someone in your neighbourhood that can alter your clothes for you when necessary. This will save you time and money that you would have spent purchasing a new wardrobe every time the numbers on the scale change.

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Go Green in 4 Weeks!


Four weeks doesn’t sound like a long time, but by making small changes every day for a month you will be able to tackle the task of Going Green with ease.


Day 1: Start with you paper.

While there are many household items you can recycle, start with a commonly used material. Recycling paper is easy because it does not require anything much else but sorting. Simply contact Mondy Paper Pick-up and find out more about their paper pickup scheme.

Day 2: Bring your own bag.

Elimination the need for plastic shopping bags is a great way to reduce waste and will save you money. There is no need to buy one of those reusable bags that the shops have for sale, as you probably have a suitable bag at home already.

Day 3: Turn of the tap.

Make sure that all your taps completely close every time you use them. Leaking taps waste litres and litres of water unnecessarily. Change your habits and don’t let taps run in the bathroom, while you are brushing your teeth, shaving or in the kitchen, when preparing food.

Day 4: Eliminate paper/plastic cups from your life.

Have your favourite coffee mug or reusable water bottle on hand at all times. Use these instead of paper/plastic cups and reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Day 5: Walk

Fin at least one neighbourhood destination you can travel to on foot. This will help you save petrol and the environment by walking there instead of firing up you ‘petrol guzzler’.

Day 6: Switch it off.

When you leave for work in the morning or a night on the town, save money and energy by turning off your non-essential lights. Also turn off lights when leaving a room, placing reminders on your light switches can help you remember until you get into the habit of doing so.

Day 7: Dine in.

If you frequently eat out or get take aways try to cut back at least one or two meals out of the week. Preparing your own food reduces food container waste immensely.


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Water Costs in Nelson Mandela Metro

Residential consumers should be aware of the fact that water charges are calculated based on daily average consumption. The July and August reading dates for your meter appear on you July statement; alternatively a copy of your statement is obtainable at your nearest Customer Care Centre.

Residents are currently paying R8.27 daily for the first  500 litres use. For 300 litres more, you pay R16.73. If you use 800 litres more, you pay R33.45. Next moth the tariffs are as follows:  For the first 800 litres used daily, you pay R6.60. For the next 800 litres you pay R8.27 and for the next 1000 litres you pay R9.82. For more than this you pay R16.73 per 1000 litres.

For more info, contact the Customer Care Helpline on 041 – 506 5555 or email

– Port Elizabeth Express, 3 Aug’11

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