Solar irrigation system saves ex-miner time, money and energy

Two years ago Daniel Ngosa lost his lucrative mining job on the Copperbelt and bought a small farm in the outskirts of Mufurila town. The 51-year-old, who worked as a metallurgist for 27 years before he was laid off at a height of plummeting metal prices and a mining tax…

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Solar power saves irrigation costs

Each rotation of the centre pivots driven by solar power on this farm means money back in these farmers’ pockets. After nearly four years of using the system, they’re still singing its praises. For father and son team, Joppie (53) and Dewald (25) Opperman of the farm Hazeldene near Cradock…

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Farmer generates his own power with hydroelectric mill

A water wheel on a guest farm in George’s Valley near Tzaneen in Limpopo province, South Africa, generates hydroelectric power without having any impact on the environment and all the while covering the costs it took to build. Many farmers know Rob Wesseloo as the former CEO of the Clover…

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Environmentalists warn massive power tariff hike will aggravate Zambia’s deforestation

Environmental stakeholders are warning that the massive power tariff hike by Zambia’s power utility company will aggravate deforestation. ZESCO’s power tariff increase of 50% came into effect yesterday. The remaining 25% will kick in on September 1. “Trees will come down at a faster rate as more people are forced…

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