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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


February 24, 2024 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Activists and reserves fume over proposed wind farm near Makhanda

A windpower facility set to be built near Makhanda in the Eastern Cape has raised the ire of game reserves and a civil society group, who are concerned about the impact that the huge turbines would have on biodiversity and character of the region. Half of the operational public procurement wind projects in South Africa are located in the Eastern Cape. The renewable energy generation capacity has been welcomed, but complaints about the impact of the turbines on wildlife and . . . Complete story »


October 20, 2023 • South Africa, Print storyE-mail story

Cape Vultures are on ‘collision course’ with wind farms

On 23 November last year, one of VulPro’s rehabilitated Cape vultures was struck by a wind farm turbine in the Eastern Cape. It was the first time a tracked vulture had been hit. “This particular bird was being monitored with a tracking device and we noted his movements had stopped and then landed up in urban Cape Town,” explained Kerri Wolter, the founder of VulPro, a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the preservation of vultures. “Zooming into the map, one . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2023 • South Africa, Print storyE-mail story

South African wind turbine projects worry private wildlife reserves

Already beset by poacher attacks, private reserves in the Eastern Cape Province are now facing another problem: The rise of wind farm projects covering some 100 square kilometers and their potentially damaging impact on ecotourism. One morning in March, Chris Hutton received the call he had been dreading. His men reported a breach in the reserve’s fence. Poachers, to be sure. 45 minutes later, the team discovered three rhinos collapsed on the ground, a mother and her two calves. Dead. . . . Complete story »


May 31, 2021 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

What would wind farm mean for Addo Elephant National Park?

A wind farm project on the edge of the Addo Elephant National Park could cripple the park’s aerial anti-poacher spotter regime and undercut eco-tourism as an economic powerhouse in the Eastern Cape. This is according to scientists and conservationists after the Bayview Wind Farm proposal was approved by the department of forestry, fisheries and the environment. But concerned parties are appealing against the decision, warning that the low-frequency drone from the wind farm could cause stress in the park’s flagship . . . Complete story »


May 19, 2021 • South Africa, Print storyE-mail story

‘Droning noise from E Cape wind farms – bad news for Addo elephants’

“It’s certain that the noise from the turbines will be heard by the elephants of Addo,” says acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy. Visitors to the Eastern Cape will notice wind farms sprouting up all over, particularly around Qheberha (Port Elizabeth). These wind farm turbines emit low-frequency noise, inaudible to humans, but potentially damaging for the elephants of the Addo Elephant Park. Pippa Hudson interviewed acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy about his study into the impact of wind turbine noise on elephants and . . . Complete story »


March 27, 2021 • South Africa, Print storyE-mail story

Environment department says no to controversial Watson family wind farm

A proposed wind farm planned by the family of the late Bosasa chief executive Gavin Watson in an ecologically sensitive wilderness area in the Eastern Cape has been shot down by the department of environment, forestry and fisheries because it poses a “high risk” to threatened birds of prey. The 187MW wind farm was proposed to be located in the Groot Winterhoekberg, which forms part of an expansion strategy for national protected areas, between portions of the Groendal nature reserve . . . Complete story »


March 7, 2021 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Feathers fly over proposed wind farm’s impacts on great white pelicans

BirdLife South Africa has urged the developer of a proposed wind energy facility on the West Coast to consider alternative locations to prevent vulnerable great white pelicans from colliding with its wind turbines. In February 2012, Moyeng Energy received environmental authorisation for its proposed 35-turbine Rheboksfontein facility, which is to be built 3km west of Darling and about 15km east of Dassen Island, the only breeding site for the heavy, slope-soaring birds in the region. The company has now proposed . . . Complete story »


September 8, 2020 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Creecy upholds appeal against giant West Coast wind farm

Environment minister Barbara Creecy has upheld one out of 16 appeals against the construction of the Boulders wind farm on the West Coast. Aurora Wind Power lodged the appeal citing the wake effect the new farm located upwind of it would create on its West Coast One farm. An impact assessment must now be conducted of the Boulders’ wake effect on the smaller West Coast One farm. It is back to the drawing board for a giant new wind farm . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2020 • South Africa, Print storyE-mail story

Over 800 birds killed after colliding with turbines during four year period-study

Over 800 birds were killed after colliding with turbines at 20 wind energy facilities (WEFs) in South Africa between 2014 and 2018, a new study has revealed. The toll includes species of conservation concern such as endangered Cape Vultures and Black Harriers, both endemic to southern Africa. The paper, On a collision course? The large diversity of birds killed by wind turbines in South Africa was published in Ostrich, the journal of African Ornithology, last week by the Fitzpatrick Institute . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2020 • South Africa, Print storyE-mail story

Hundreds of birds killed by wind turbines

More than 800 birds were killed after colliding with turbines at 20 wind energy facilities (WEFs) in South Africa between 2014 and 2018, a new study has revealed. The toll includes species of conservation concern such as endangered Cape vultures and black harriers, both endemic to southern Africa. The paper, “On a collision course? The large diversity of birds killed by wind turbines in South Africa”, was published in Ostrich, the journal of African Ornithology, last week by the Fitzpatrick . . . Complete story »


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