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What the 'Fearless Girl' statue and Harvey Weinstein have in common

In March of this year, State Street Global Advisors unveiled the “Fearless Girl,” a statue of a little girl installed to face Wall Street's famous “Charging Bull” statue. Her defiance was aimed at financial culture's historical exclusion of women in the financial industry, especially in leadership positions.

By Sarah Banet-Weiser 1 day ago

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The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Research focusing on traditional crops that are often ignored and known as "orphan crops" shows they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and are mostly consumed by rural African people. Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on these crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance.

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 2 days ago

Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa
Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa

As part of Airbnb's vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities, the online marketplace has announced a $1m investment over the next three years to promote community-led tourism projects in Africa.

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Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?
Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?

The energy industry breathed a huge sigh of relief recently when energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced that power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy from bid windows 3.5 and 4 will be signed by the end of October 2017.

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 2 days ago

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#MeToo trends in SA as women share stories of sexual harassment

Over the weekend, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to tweet the hashtag #MeToo if they had ever been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused — and by Tuesday morning it was trending in the top spot in South Africa.

By Julia Breakey 2 days ago

#EntrepreneurMonth: Hero in a half shell, SolarTurtle
#EntrepreneurMonth: Hero in a half shell, SolarTurtle

Invented by social entrepreneur James van der Walt, the SolarTurtle recently scooped a win at the Inventors Garage at the 2017 SABC Education SA Innovation Summit, walking away with R10k.

By Sindy Peters 3 days ago

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#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

The South African government believes that the key to food security lies in investing in smallholder agriculture and have committed to pumping R5.5bn of the national budget to support 435,000 subsistence and smallholder farmers over the next three years (National Budget Reviews 2017). The government has also committed itself to expand the 200,000 smallholder producers who sell their produce to 500,000 smallholders by 2020.

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 3 days ago

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Greenpeace slams new nuclear plant plans

Greenpeace Africa has responded with outrage to Eskom's announcement that it would be building and operating a nuclear power plant at Duynefontein, Western Cape, after getting the green all clear from the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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West Coast mine water dispute goes to court
West Coast mine water dispute goes to court

An environmental organisation is taking the government and Kropz to court in a bid to stop the phosphate mine using water from the ancient Elandsfontein aquifer on the West Coast.

By Melanie Gosling 3 days ago

Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Niño
Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Niño

A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it.

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Springster, BBM Messenger launch Girl Talk in SA, Nigeria
Springster, BBM Messenger launch Girl Talk in SA, Nigeria

Springster, NGO Girl Effect's global mobile-first platform for vulnerable young women, has partnered with Creative Media Works (operating as BBM Messenger) to launch Girl Talk - a content offering that aims to ‘create a new normal' for young women.

13 Oct 2017

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Vineyard Hotel awarded for sustainable practices at Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards

Cape Town's Vineyard Hotel was announced the winner of the international Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards in the Urban Category at the opening ceremony of the 78th Skål World Congress in Hyderabad, India. Three independent experts in sustainability judged entrants from 28 countries according to a series of criteria including nature preservation, carbon offsetting, climate change mitigation, human rights protection, local employment, etc.

13 Oct 2017

Nuclear deal could impact on SA's debt
Nuclear deal could impact on SA's debt

South Africa's debt could increase considerably because of the nuclear deal, even before it happens, due to potential investor disputes around intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) for nuclear.

12 Oct 2017