SA energy the dirtiest in the G20, report says
SA energy the dirtiest in the G20, report says

The University of Cape Town's annual Brown to Green Report found that South Africa has the highest emission intensity in the G20 power sector, with emissions per capita being roughly double the group's average.

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Farmers urged not to abstract water from Caledon River
Farmers urged not to abstract water from Caledon River

Farmers residing near or next to Caledon River have been requested not to abstract water from the river for seven days. This follows the release of water from Hlotse Adit to augment Maseru, Peka, Maputsoe and Hlotse towns, by the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission.

14 Nov 2018

Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law
Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can't obtain permits. This undermines efforts to boost farming production and meet economic growth goals.

By Barbara van Koppen 14 Nov 2018

Plastic floats on and near the surface of the ocean.
The world's plastic problem is bigger than the ocean

As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This object is designed to solve an enormous environmental problem. But in so doing, it brings attention to a number of others.

By Christopher J. Preston 14 Nov 2018

Janine Espin, MD of Economic Development Solutions
What happens to the community when a mine closes?

When mines scale down or close down, the impact on the surrounding community is significant. The burning question is: can the blow be softened?

By Janine Espin 13 Nov 2018

How can corporates support social enterprises in South Africa?
How can corporates support social enterprises in South Africa?

By Rachael Millson, African Partnerships Director, Social Enterprise Academy South Africa. (Social Enterprise Academy South Africa is the knowledge partner for the Social Enterprise topic on the Trialogue Knowledge Hub.) In this article, she looks at how corporates can support the rapidly growing social enterprise sector in South Africa.

Issued by Trialogue 13 Nov 2018

Why we need to work with local communities in tackling the illegal wildlife economy
Why we need to work with local communities in tackling the illegal wildlife economy

While millions of rands have been disbursed to fight illegal wildlife trade, rhino poaching continues. According to new research by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Global Risk Governance Programme, local communities can be used as change agents in tackling the illegal wildlife economy.

13 Nov 2018

Gavin Rajah launches NPO to upskill vulnerable women
Gavin Rajah launches NPO to upskill vulnerable women

The White Light Movement is a new non-profit organisation aimed at providing empowerment to women who have been victims of gender-based violence and abuse. The initiative is the brainchild of South African fashion and homeware designer Gavin Rajah, and is inspired by his work with Unicef where he witnessed the devastation caused to families by gender-based violence and child abuse.

12 Nov 2018

Strengthening indigenous food systems vital to achieving zero-hunger
Strengthening indigenous food systems vital to achieving zero-hunger

Indigenous food systems and indigenous traditional knowledge, according to FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva, may have some of the answers we are looking for in achieving a zero-hunger world.

12 Nov 2018

Kevin Richardson of the Kevin Richardson Foundation. Image supplied.
#LandforLions campaign breaks local crowdfunding record

A new bar was set for rewards crowdfunding in South Africa when the Kevin Richardson Foundation raised more than R2.7m on local rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Thundafund.com. This broke the record for the most money raised for a single campaign on a South African rewards platform.

12 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters
#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

The definition of media freedom is closely linked to that of freedom of expression as per the Constitution, for individuals to impart information and ideas without fear or favour. Luckily, it's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times.

By Leigh Andrews 12 Nov 2018

Reppie thermal plant. Photo: Cambridge Industries
Africa's bumpy road to sustainable energy

Sub-Saharan Africa produces approximately 62-million tonnes of waste per year, including plastic waste, according to the World Bank. With Africa's rapid urbanisation and economic growth, environmentalists expect that figure to double by 2025.

By Eleni Mourdoukoutas 12 Nov 2018

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Water experts explore solutions to sector challenges

Water and sanitation industry players have been urged to tap into new local technologies and solutions that will address the service delivery challenges that plague the sector.

12 Nov 2018