Water security research expenditure not reflecting scarcity reality
Water security research expenditure not reflecting scarcity reality

Researchers at the African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa conference and exhibition in Cape Town last week raised concerns over decreased expenditure on water security research amidst serious drought problems across Southern Africa. There are reportedly more than 2 billion people worldwide in countries with severe water constraints and the African continent is no exception.

By Alicestine October 18 minutes ago

Multilingual broadcast journalist-turned-real estate entrepreneur, Rokelle Sun.
#AfricaMonth: Encouraging female African business leaders from the other side of the world

US-based real estate entrepreneur Rokelle Sun's philanthropic mission is to encourage young girls to pursue careers and success in the underrepresented fields, particularly in Africa, where she spent part of her childhood. She explains this, as well as her love of new experiences like aerophotography, and some of the highs and lows of her earlier career as a multilingual broadcast journalist.

By Leigh Andrews 39 minutes ago

Attainment of Africa Agenda 2063 and SDG:2030 goals through nature-based solutions
Attainment of Africa Agenda 2063 and SDG:2030 goals through nature-based solutions

Going back to basics, when African citizens managed the landscapes through rotational grazing, for example, are the key foundations if the continent is to achieve the long-term aspirational goals set by the UN and AU. We Africans have utilised resources and survived interactively with nature since time immemorial until we were divided and, in many cases, set against each other as foreign nations and countries. The values attached by our ancestors to nature were slowly eroded with disempowerment and dispossession. We must continue reversing the impoverished legacy of Africa and we can!

By Bonani Madikizela 2 hours ago

Kenyan students look to Uber(ise) solar energy
Kenyan students look to Uber(ise) solar energy

A team of students from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya walked off as the inaugural winners of the African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa conference and exhibition's first Initiate! Impact Challenge. The students received R20,000 in prize money for an innovative concept to provide equitable energy access to remote villages based on, among others, "Uber(ising)" solar energy.

By Alicestine October 1 day ago

Trophy hunting in Africa: the case for viable, sustainable alternatives
Trophy hunting in Africa: the case for viable, sustainable alternatives

For decades, the public has been fed the myth that trophy hunting is absolutely necessary for sustainable conservation in Africa. Some sections of the academy, as well as the hunting lobby, continue to argue that banning trophy hunting will have a negative effect on wildlife biodiversity.

By Muchazondida Mkono 17 May 2019

Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly
Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly

We're all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too.

By Laurie Wright 16 May 2019

Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy
Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy

The demographic dividend, new production revolution, shifting wealth patterns, accelerated urban transition and climate change and the green economy are the megatrends that will influence this continent's future claims the latest analysis in the Africa's development dynamics - growth, jobs and inequalities report compiled by the African Union Commission in partnership with the OECD. By 2063, Africa will constitute 30% of the global population with 3 billion inhabitants, more than doubling the current population of 1.25 billion. More than that it will be that region of the world with the most youthful population. What we do now will determine whether this computes into a demographic dividend or a demographic burden.

By Dhesigen Naidoo 15 May 2019

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How marketing with CSR at its heart can change the world

Fitting in perfectly with the rise of purpose-led marketing across the globe is Jeanne du Plessis, corporate affairs and citizenship leader at Procter and Gamble (P&G) South Africa. Du Plessis explained during a recent Meltwater webinar on the role of corporate social responsibility or CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in marketing that she's a passionate believer that business can and should be a force for good in the world.

By Leigh Andrews 14 May 2019