Online marketplace Thola Africa shines a light on local artisans
Online marketplace Thola Africa shines a light on local artisans

New online marketplace Tholaafrica.com is making it easier to shop African artisanal wares, with its selection of bespoke fashion and d├ęcor crafted by local creatives and designers.

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Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?
Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?

Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be. Aside from a few oases there is little vegetation, and most of the world's largest desert is covered with rocks, sand and sand dunes. The Saharan sun is powerful enough to provide Earth with significant solar energy.

By Amin Al-Habaibeh 10 hours ago

Magdi Amin, investment partner, Omidyar Network
Protecting the identity of Africans in a common digital market

Africa's digital revolution is transforming our economy at a record pace. Africa is home to the 10 fastest growing cities in the world, and for nearly a decade, we've had the world's fastest rate of internet adoption - gaining 20% more users in the last year alone. This expanded access has given rise to a powerful digital economy - one that's expected to grow by more than $300bn by 2025. But all this change begs the question: How do we ensure that Africa's transformative technology fulfills its promise as a force for good?

By Magdi Amin 12 hours ago

Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands
Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands

Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok and outdoor clothing brand Patagonia are leading the way on transparency amongst the world's 200 largest fashion brands and retailers by disclosing a wide range of human rights policies, commitments and outcomes, as well as who their suppliers are.

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FoodForward SA celebrates 10 years with commitment to feeding 1 million people
FoodForward SA celebrates 10 years with commitment to feeding 1 million people

FoodForward SA connects a world of excess to a world of need. In partnership with major retailers, farmers and manufacturers, edible surplus food is recovered from the supply chain and redistributed to hundreds of beneficiary organisations nationwide, reaching over 250,000 people every day. Commemorating its 10-year anniversary this year, food redistribution organisation FoodForward SA has committed to feeding 1 million people daily within five years as part of its vision, 'A South Africa without hunger'.

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How Vodacom is adapting its CSI approach to changing conditions
How Vodacom is adapting its CSI approach to changing conditions

Rather than doggedly following an approach which may no longer be relevant, business has an obligation to adapt its corporate social investment (CSI) to changing needs and conditions. Speaking at the 2019 Trialogue Business in Society Conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 17 April, Takalani Netshitenzhe, chief officer corporate affairs, Vodacom Group, said that Vodacom has allocated R500m to education, gender empowerment and sanitation in schools over the next five years.

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Woolworths to open more 'plastic bag free' stores
Woolworths to open more 'plastic bag free' stores

Woolworths is planning to introduce three more 'plastic shopping bag free' stores in the country, after trialling the concept at the Steenberg branch in Cape Town. The additional plastic bag free stores will be in Maroun Square in Johannesburg, Moreleta Village in Pretoria and Delcairn Centre in Durban.

2 days ago

2019 AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme open for applications
2019 AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme open for applications

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is hosting its Growth Accelerator Programme in South Africa and is calling for applications from multi-sector female business owners. Applications are open until 13 May.

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Companies urged to partner with UN Global Compact Network for sustainable change
Companies urged to partner with UN Global Compact Network for sustainable change

The 2019 Trialogue Business in Society Conference took place last week, with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a key topic. The UN General Assembly set 17 SDGs in 2015 for the year 2030, covering issues such as health, education, gender equality, poverty and access to clean water.

3 days ago

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Robben Island to be designated a Marine Protected Area

In an effort toward the conservation of Robben Island's marine biodiversity, and advancing the sustainable tourism agenda, the island will soon be declared a Marine Protected Area (MPA) by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

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12 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint
12 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint

We've just celebrated Earth Day, an important global acknowledgement of the work that we need to be doing to protect our planet, and this year the work feels more important than ever.

By Tammy Fry 3 days ago

SA's Stroop triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival
SA's Stroop triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

South African film, Stroop - Journey Into the Rhino Horn War, has been awarded the sought-after 'Best of Festival' award as well as 'Best Independent or Feature Film' at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF).

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Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area
Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area

The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Just over a third of people don't have access to safely managed drinking water. This is why the Sustainable Development Goals set out to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

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