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What architects must learn from South African student protests

2015 has been a year of protest and struggle at South Africa's universities. The environment remains highly charged...

By Amira Osman 27 Nov 2015 06:00

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CAIA launches 2015 Responsible Care performance report

The Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) launched its 2015 Responsible Care performance report on 19 November in Johannesburg...

27 Nov 2015 06:36

NGOs can benefit from advanced electronic signatures
NGOs can benefit from advanced electronic signatures

Advanced electronic signatures can offer numerous benefits for NGOs, including the ability to save money while improving efficiency...

By Avi Rose 27 Nov 2015 11:49

R1.385m allocation to rhino conservation by MyPlanet Rhino Fund
R1.385m allocation to rhino conservation by MyPlanet Rhino Fund

The MyPlanet Rhino Fund recently allocated R1.385m in funding towards rhino conservation causes across the country that vary from rhino protection and monitoring to saving and raising rhino orphans...

27 Nov 2015 11:30

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Global carbon pricing off menu at Paris climate talks

Climate experts say the need to agree on a global carbon price to cut pollution and aid clean technologies is a no-brainer, and yet the topic will have no place at the upcoming Paris climate talks...

27 Nov 2015 06:00

Unsustainable Development Goals: Are 222 indicators too many?
Unsustainable Development Goals: Are 222 indicators too many?

Are the Sustainable Development Goals in danger of collapsing under the weight of their own lofty ambitions?

By Philippa Garson 27 Nov 2015 06:00

Hope Soap campaign
Scrubbing the Ubuntu Loeries to a sparkle with Hope Soap

Here's how Y&R brought home a gold Ubuntu Loerie this year for the Hope Soap initiative...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Nov 2015 12:00

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2015 set to be hottest year on record: UN

The year 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest on record, the UN's weather agency said on Wednesday, 25 November, days before a UN summit opens in Paris to craft a climate rescue pact...

26 Nov 2015 11:59

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Ascension Properties goes green with first PV installation

Ascension Properties' first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Cape Town is currently under way, underpinning a move in the property sector to show eco-awareness and reap the financial rewards of green energy over the long-term...

26 Nov 2015 06:00

Mastercard Foundation and partners launch i2i data facility

The MasterCard Foundation, FinMark Trust and Cenfri have partnered to launch and support a data facility designed to help people living in poverty to get access to secure, affordable and convenient financial services...

26 Nov 2015 06:00

SANParks prepares for drought
SANParks prepares for drought

As dry conditions persist, South African National Parks (SANParks) adopted principles to develop drought preparedness plans for affected parks...

25 Nov 2015 13:26

Consumers urged to support green car initiative
Consumers urged to support green car initiative

South African consumers have the power to substantially reduce their carbon footprints by making choices such as buying 'green' rather than 'brown' vehicles...

25 Nov 2015 11:26

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Opening the doors to finance for SMEs

On a continent where traditional jobs are scarce, building a strong base of entrepreneurs and small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) seems like the logical solution. But lack of access to finance remains a primary reason why these enterprises don't succeed...

By Nicci Botha 25 Nov 2015 11:02

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Livity Africa and Rockefeller Foundation collaborate to train youths

Livity Africa has announced a collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation for the development of a programme designed to train and up-skill 48,000 South African youths in digital skills...

25 Nov 2015 07:53

Receiving the 2015 Energy Efficiency Forum Award in the Large Building Retrofit category for Bayside Mall in Tableview, Cape Town, were; from left: Duane Petersen of Jefarres and Green (Pty) Ltd; Growthpoint Properties’ Steve Fourie, Pierre van Ryneveld and Aadilah Ryklief; with Cllr Johan van der Merwe, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning.
Bayside Mall wins energy efficient award

Growthpoint Properties' Bayside Mall in Tableview, Cape Town, scooped the award for the Large Building Retrofit Category at the 2015 Energy Efficiency Forum Awards...

25 Nov 2015 07:43

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Nedbank and Green Fund partner to supply affordable green housing

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (NCIB) and the Green Fund - which is managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) - concluded an agreement to jointly fund the development of approximately 400 affordable green housing units in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces...

25 Nov 2015 07:11

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Big data analytics can reduce energy consumption

Harnessing the power of big data analytics to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and help organisations to meet carbon emission reduction targets....

By Syed Mansoor Ahmad 24 Nov 2015 12:31

It's a Princess Kind of Day with Barbie and Blue Horizon
It's a Princess Kind of Day with Barbie and Blue Horizon

The new Barbie clothing range has been launched in selected Edgars stores nationwide, coinciding with a new local CSI initiative driven by Blue Horizon Licensing in the hopes of providing greater opportunities to better the lives of women in need...

24 Nov 2015 12:00

Sea Harvest Boat
Sea Harvest committed to fishing sustainably

According to Felix Ratheb, it is well documented that the ocean's fish stocks are under severe pressure from overfishing...

24 Nov 2015 10:18

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Pro-Plas Africa Conference to focus on impact of plastic on planet

The theme for next year's Pro-Plas Africa Conference is 'The Triple Bottom Line and the Plastics Industry', and will see local and international speakers unpack the issue of how people, planet and profit are affected by the current and future plastics environment.

23 Nov 2015 13:10

Growthpoint's Ridgeview building achieves five-star Green Star rating
Growthpoint's Ridgeview building achieves five-star Green Star rating

Growthpoint Properties' new R157m green office development in Ridgeside, Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal has become Durban's first five-star Green Star SA rated building...

23 Nov 2015 11:59

© Rancz Andrei –
Female representation on corporate boards growing slowly

According to the latest BWA Women in Leadership Census, in South Africa the percentage of women on the boards of JSE-listed companies trebled from 7.1% in 2004 to 21.9% in 2015...

23 Nov 2015 09:02

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Biodegradable plastics are littering the oceans

According to a recently released report by the UN, the adoption of products labelled 'biodegradable' will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment...

23 Nov 2015 08:02

© Riccardo Meloni –
South Africa is failing to rise to its water challenges

A country like South Africa, where rainfall is variable and unpredictable, has to plan for the worst. Specifically, it has to plan to manage the impacts of drought. For cities, present practice is to store enough water to supply the needs of each region during the worst conditions likely to occur in 50 years...

By Mike Muller 20 Nov 2015 06:00

GBCSA awards five-star rating to Chevron's headquarters
GBCSA awards five-star rating to Chevron's headquarters

Chevron Century Boulevard in Cape Town has been awarded a Five-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for excellence in green building design, construction and management...

20 Nov 2015 06:00

Exhibition showcases Dutch-South African partnerships
Exhibition showcases Dutch-South African partnerships

Martijn van Dam visited the Garden of the Future, marking the largest Dutch trade...

19 Nov 2015 13:04

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Kenya to destroy vast ivory stockpile from thousands of elephants

Kenya's wildlife authority on Monday, 16 November, vowed to destroy the east African country's vast ivory stockpile from several thousand elephants, nine times more than the largest pile torched so far...

19 Nov 2015 09:57

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El Niño threatens southern Africa with yet another drought

Southern Africa is in for a bumpy, dry ride. There is a 50% chance of a drought occurring this summer that could have an impact on the whole region which still bears the effect of last year's drought...

By Mathieu Rouault 19 Nov 2015 07:40

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E-waste sector a catalyst for socio-economic development

At the recent national consultative conference on electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) management, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa reaffirmed government's commitment to working with the waste sector in meeting its challenges.

19 Nov 2015 06:00

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