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For the first time since 2012, Apple would finally renew the design of its iMac. In 2021, Apple is preparing at least three new desktop Macs. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who also released information on future MacBook Pros and iPhone 12 successors in recent days, Apple will announce an iMac and two Mac Pros in 2021. The transition to Apple Silicon processors gives a new blows to the computers of the Californian giant.     iMac: finally an edge-to-edge screen This year, the iMac could change completely. Mark Gurman indicates that the borders of his screen would be much smaller, like Pro Display XDR, the ultra high-end screen launched by Apple with the Mac Pro in 2019. The back of the computer would also abandon the curvature in favor of a completely flat frame.  This new iMac would also be equipped with an Apple Silicon processor, probably a more powerful chip than the Apple M1 chip currently present in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The 2021 iMac is reportedly

SOUTH AFRICA: Pretoria cancels Thabametsi coal-fired power plant project

The High Court of Pretoria revokes the environmental approval of the Thabametsi coal-fired power plant (1,200 MW), which was to be built in Limpopo province in South Africa. The move came after a petition was filed by environmental organizations Earthlife Africa and groundWork, Friends of the Earth. According to the complainants, the implementation of this project would be a climatic and environmental disaster. 

 Pretoria cancels Thabametsi coal-fired power plant project

In South Africa, environmental organizations Earthlife Africa and groundWork, Friends of the Earth finally won the case. The High Court in the capital Pretoria overturns a previous court ruling, approving the construction of a 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant in the province of Limpopo.

The High Court in Pretoria has said that Earthlife Africa and groundWork's complaint shows that the implementation of the coal-fired power plant project would be a climatic and environmental disaster. The environmental impact assessment of the Thabametsi plant showed that it would be one of the most emitting plants in the world (136,100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide), 60% more than Medupi , another coal-fired power station located in the local municipality of Lephalale, still in Limpopo. “The constant dialogue with the people and community organizations living in the areas affected by charcoal has been essential in making a link between poor people's health, poverty and the destruction of their environment, livelihoods and industry. charcoal, ”says Thomas Mnguni, charcoal campaign manager for the GroundWork organization based in Mpumalanga province. 

Withdrawal of financial partners

The coal-fired power plant project developed by the Thabametsi company with the support of the South African state is not in its first litigation. In 2017, Earthlife Africa challenged the environmental approval of the Thabametsi plant in a court, represented by the Center for Environmental Rights. In early 2018, the South African Department of the Environment again confirmed the environmental clearance for the project, relying on the fact that the Integrated Electricity Resource Plan (IRP) 2010 provided for new coal-fired electricity production capacities and had already assessed the project's impacts on the environment.

But the fatal blow to the Thabametsi project was the withdrawal of all investors, including the private banks Standard Bank, FirstRand, Nedbank and Absa; as well as the Development Bank of South Africa, the Public Investment Commission and the South African Industrial Development Corporation. Investors Kepco (Korea Electric Power Corporation) of South Korea and Marubeni of Japan have also announced their withdrawal.

Contested coal power projects in South Africa

The cancellation of the Thabametsi coal-fired power plant project will also save the South African state up to 12.57 billion rand (over $ 825.3 million), which would have been released for the plant. ; as well as saving enormous amounts of water in an area where this resource is scarce.

Earthlife Africa and groundWork's fight does not end with the cancellation of the Thabametsi project. These NGOs are currently advocating for the cancellation of another project developed by the Khanyisa company. The coal-fired power plant project developed in Mpumalanga and supported by the Saudi company ACWA Power is expected, if implemented, to emit 75,900,000 carbon dioxide and wasted 720,000 m3 of water in South Africa, for 30 years.