Cape Town to host major water conferences
Cape Town to host major water conferences

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau has won the bid for Cape Town to host its third major water conference, the International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water, which takes place from 20 to 23 November 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre.

2 days ago

How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick
How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick

Day Zero, when the four million people living in Cape Town run out of water, is becoming a real possibility. The city has informed residents that water supplies will be turned off on the day and only retained for high risk areas and essential services. Citizens will have to queue for water at key points of distribution.

By Bob Mash, Hassan Mahomed and Shrikant Peters 2 days ago

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Khulisa Social Solutions partners Thuli Madonsela Foundation in social justice campaign

Walk in My Shoes is a collaborative social justice campaign run by its partners the Khulisa Social Solutions, the Thuli Madonsela Foundation and PJ Powers, and is set to launch on 20 February, coinciding with the World Day of Social Justice.

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SodaStream joins petition calling for Coca-Cola to reveal Cape water sources

Drinks company SodaStream South Africa has joined the call to action urging Coca-Cola to develop a plan to ensure Cape Town residents have access to water. This follows a petition released earlier this week by Avaaz, a global web movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making.

3 days ago

Why CSI should be an extension of company culture
Why CSI should be an extension of company culture

Companies are realising that corporate social investment (CSI) should no longer be viewed in isolation as a stand-alone portfolio, but rather an integral part of a sustainable business plan.

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#DayZero moved to 4 June, record low water usage achieved
#DayZero moved to 4 June, record low water usage achieved

City of Cape Town executive deputy mayor Ian Neilson today, 13 February, announced that Day Zero - when household taps in the city are to be turned off due to the ongoing water crisis - has been moved out to 4 June 2018.

13 Feb 2018

How retail is responding to the Cape Town water crisis
How retail is responding to the Cape Town water crisis

Consumers are not the only ones who have to tighten taps in Cape Town. As South Africa's Mother City approaches the dreaded Day Zero, retailers and shopping centres have to rethink their strategies to keep business running efficiently throughout the drought.

13 Feb 2018

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw
For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Before man-made climate change kicked in - and well before "Day Zero" in Cape Town, where taps may run dry in early May - the global water crisis was upon us. Freshwater resources were already badly stressed before heat-trapping carbon emissions from fossil fuels began to warm Earth's surface and affect rainfall.

13 Feb 2018

Water experts discuss crisis in Cape Town and water management in SA
Water experts discuss crisis in Cape Town and water management in SA

The water crisis in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa was recently placed under the magnifying glass when water experts requested a drastic change in water management in South Africa during a media conference.

By Elmarie Helberg 13 Feb 2018

WESSA launches LEAF programme for schools
WESSA launches LEAF programme for schools

WESSA has launched a new environmental education programme for schools called LEAF (Learning About Forests). The international programme encourages learners and communities to take ownership of creating healthy surroundings by engaging with their local forests and planting indigenous trees. Learners on the programme also plant food and fruit forests (vegetable gardens and fruit trees) as outdoor classrooms, to support existing structures in schools and communities.

12 Feb 2018

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A step towards cleaner oceans: Tracking fishing gear to its original owner

In a big step towards cleaner seas and safer navigation, countries agreed on a set of draft Voluntary Guidelines on Marking Fishing Gear. When abandoned, lost or discarded at sea, fishing gear, made predominantly of plastic, forms a significant component of marine debris. Approximately eight million tonnes of plastic litter end up in our oceans every year, 10% of which is estimated to come from the fisheries sector.

12 Feb 2018

Rhino poaching in South Africa has dipped but corruption hinders progress
Rhino poaching in South Africa has dipped but corruption hinders progress

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa in 2017 was lower than 2016's, according to South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. Last year, 1028 rhinos were killed compared to 1054 in 2016, a decrease of 26 animals (2.5%).

By Keith Somerville 12 Feb 2018

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#FairnessFirst: Why Trudeau will bounce back from #Peoplekind

In the wake of his #Peoplekind comment, a joke that "didn't play well out of context", The Evening Standard has provided a lookback on Trudeau's push for gender equality.

By Leigh Andrews 12 Feb 2018