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Failed Altech Node has cost Altron millions

Technology group Altron’s [JSE:AEL] failed Altech Node video business has cost the company millions, according to its half-year results. Last month, the Johannesburg listed Altron announced that it was closing its Altech Node business with subscribers set to be switched off at the end of October. The Altech Node – which …

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Gold Reef City could end load shedding

A lithium battery in your TV so you can watch your favourite show during load shedding; a tax on producing electricity via your rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV); and turning Gold Reef City into a pumped storage hydropower system. These are some of the outrageous ideas that could become a reality …

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Renewable energy access for all by 2050

Political will is needed to bring about a “just transition to a green and inclusive economy”, Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo said on Monday. He said at the SA International Renewable Energy Conference that a new report being released by Greenpeace on Tuesday would help policy makers plot the way …

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Gardening trends a killer for cacti

Illegal trade in cactus plants for gardening has contributed to bringing 31% of the world’s cactus species to the brink of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Monday in Gland, Switzerland. Harvesting of plants for food and medicine, as well as land development, are additional …

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Greenpeace warns ANC to drop nuclear plan

Greenpeace has a message for the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of its National General Council (NGC) meeting starting on Friday: drop nuclear energy, or face massive resistance. Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo said on Monday that the ANC should “take nuclear off the table”. “The ANC needs to know …

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Karlien and Derick’s divorce finalised

Afrikaans singer, Karlien van Jaarsveld, and her rugby player husband, Derick Hougaard, have divorced. The couple officially split in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday only 42 days after Karlien announced on social media that she would be splitting from the ex-Springbok rugby player. The law firm Adams & …

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Springboks’ Test record against the USA

The Springboks boast an unbeaten record against the USA heading into their Rugby World Cup clash in London on Wednesday. In 3 previous encounters dating back to 1981, the Springboks have emerged victorious on all 3 occasions. Of those 3 Tests, all 3 have been played outside of South Africa. …

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19 EU countries aim to block GM crop cultivation

More than two thirds of the European Union’s member states want to block the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops on their territory. Nineteen out of the EU’s 28 countries have filed the necessary paperwork under new rules that make it easier for governments to ban genetically modified organisms, EU …

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Wind farms to seek better, cheaper storage

Wind farm operators are under no illusion that their small power generation output will be inadequate to meet South Africa’s baseload issues. However, they believe that in time new storage measures and lower costs will change the game radically. Aurora Wind Power head of construction Christiaan Swanepoel told media on …

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Prolonged NUM strike a threat to Eskom coal supplies

Eskom does not expect the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) strike in the coal sector to have an immediate effect on its coal supplies, but prolonged industrial action will deplete the power utility’s stockpiles. Over 30 000 NUM members went on strike on Sunday after NUM and affected coal companies …

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No clarity on when Oscar could walk

It is unclear when Oscar Pistorius will be released from Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria should he be granted parole. Spokesperson for Correctional Services, Manelisi Wolela, said he could not shed light on the process as the department took instruction from the chairperson of the parole review board. Pistorius …

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Butch expects Bok vs Wales quarter final

Butch James watched the Wales v Fiji game closely on Thursday night, and he expects Warren Gatland’s men to be tough opposition for the Springboks should they meet in the quarter-finals of the tournament.  The Boks will be expected to top Pool B should they defeat Scotland on Saturday, and …

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New proposal to save rhinos

A new plan, that proposes a non-compulsory tourist donation to save rhinos from extinction, is under discussion. “I am sick to death of pro and anti-trade people fighting among each other at the expense of rhinos dying,” Braam Malherbe, the biodiversity director at non-profit organisation Accountability Now told News24. “For …

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Ad-blockers hurt multibillion-dollar industry

The rise in ad-blockers comes at a time when the Internet has become the fastest growing advertising medium. Ad-blocking software is threatening to hurt the multibillion-dollar global online and mobile advertising industry. Although ad-blocking software has been around for years, its use is growing. Some 200 million people used ad-blockers last …

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Trevor Noah compares Donald Trump to Jacob Zuma

Trevor Noah is still settling in to his seat at The Daily Show but has already fired shots at South African president, Jacob Zuma. On the episode that aired in the US on Thursday night Noah compared the American real estate tycoon and leading Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, to the …

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