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Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town
Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town

Pick n Pay is piloting a new 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone that allows customers to purchase a wide range of products without any packaging...

1 day ago

Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway
Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Our power plants may be dirty now. But unlike combustion vehicles, electric cars give us the chance to finally free ourselves from high-carbon travel...

By Ranald Boydell 2 days ago

Collaboration key in closing the digital skills gap in Africa
Collaboration key in closing the digital skills gap in Africa

In the face of an immensely challenging digital skills gap on the continent, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, head of brand and reputation at Google Africa, remains optimistic...

By Sindy Peters 3 days ago

Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act signed into law
Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act signed into law

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act which constitutes the nation's unprecedented statutory recognition of the Khoi-San communities, leaders and structures...

29 Nov 2019

Tikki Hywood Foundation, African Parks partner for pangolins
Tikki Hywood Foundation, African Parks partner for pangolins

The Tikki Hywood Foundation and African Parks partnered to combine their expertise and resources to boost the protection of pangolins in Africa, the most heavily trafficked mammal on the planet...

29 Nov 2019

#GlobalGenderSummit: 'Financial sector has a responsibility to women of Africa' - AfDB president
#GlobalGenderSummit: 'Financial sector has a responsibility to women of Africa' - AfDB president

At the recent inaugural session of the Global Gender Summit, hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the organisation's president, Akinwumi Adesina, called for greater access to finance for African women...

29 Nov 2019

Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects
Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects

There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in Sub-Saharan Africa...

By Robert Musundire 29 Nov 2019

Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development
Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development

The Government of Italy, with support from the FAO, recently held an event highlighting Mediterranean and other traditional healthy diets as fundamental to...

28 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Gender inequality continues to cost Africa billions of dollars each year
#AfricaCom: Gender inequality continues to cost Africa billions of dollars each year

$95bn - this is the average annual loss in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2010 due to pervasive gender inequality in the continent's economic activities...

By Sindy Peters 27 Nov 2019

20 awarded in regional L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Young Talent Awards
20 awarded in regional L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Young Talent Awards

Twenty women researchers from 15 countries in the Sub-Saharan African region were recently awarded in the 2019 Young Talent Awards as part of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science programme...

25 Nov 2019

Empowering Africa's youth to leapfrog towards a better future
Empowering Africa's youth to leapfrog towards a better future

The fourth industrial revolution is underway and it is shaping up some of the most significant opportunities and challenges of our lifetime...

By Takreem El Tohamy 22 Nov 2019

Tree-Nation tackles climate change in 4 African countries through reforestation
Tree-Nation tackles climate change in 4 African countries through reforestation

Tree-Nation, a global reforestation platform, is tackling climate change in four African countries, with tree plantation projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Burkina Faso...

22 Nov 2019

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't
To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't

Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change...

By Claudia Vickers 20 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Tech skills needed to create future jobs on the 'side-hustle' continent
#AfricaCom: Tech skills needed to create future jobs on the 'side-hustle' continent

Up to 18 million jobs need to be created annually just to absorb the new entrants each year. This is unprecedented globally and doesn't even include the unemployed and underemployed...

By Leigh Andrews 18 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa
#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa

The next technological evolution is advancing at an exponential rate and by leaving out some on this journey, we allow the current societal divides and inequalities to deepen...

By Sindy Peters 15 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: "Every consumer today behaves like a millennial, your business needs to catch up!"
#AfricaCom: "Every consumer today behaves like a millennial, your business needs to catch up!"

Dion Jerling, co-founder of Connect Earth was chair of the third and final day of AfricaCom 2019's keynote sessions. He said there had been closer to 17,000 attendees than predicted 15,000 and convened a panel discussion on getting user experience (UX) right...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Nov 2019

African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) members sign Cape Town Declaration for governments to address housing finance shortage.
5-point plan set for governments to address African housing finance shortage

Following the conclusion of its 35th annual conference earlier this month, the 35 active members of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) together agreed on a Cape Town Declaration on Housing Finance...

15 Nov 2019

SheInvest to mobilise €1bn for female economic empowerment in Africa
SheInvest to mobilise €1bn for female economic empowerment in Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has launched SheInvest, a new initiative that aims to mobilise €1bn of investment to benefit millions of women across Africa with better access to finance...

14 Nov 2019

Durban conference set to focus on Africa's green economy
Durban conference set to focus on Africa's green economy

South Africa is to host the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Durban...

14 Nov 2019

Image credit: Nike.
World Media Group survey identifies activism as key campaign benefit

A new content-led marketing-focused survey found that there is an increased interest in brand activism...

7 Nov 2019

Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa
Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people...

4 Nov 2019

10-year global study notes African surge in giving
10-year global study notes African surge in giving

Despite a downward trend in donations in some of the world's wealthiest places, large swathes of the African continent are defying the trend...

29 Oct 2019

How research networks can help BRICS countries combat invasive species
How research networks can help BRICS countries combat invasive species

BRICS countries should establish more networks of researchers dedicated to invasion science if they wish to curb the spread of invasive species...

28 Oct 2019

Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplaced
Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplaced

It has been a hot, dry October in much of the interior of South Africa. And the rains have started later than usual...

By Mike Muller 28 Oct 2019

Reshaping the forces - Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Reshaping the forces - Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

South Africa's Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula remembers the day she walked into a conference of defence ministers, confident and ready for deliberations, and realised that her counterparts, mostly men, thought she was just an aide to a defence minister...

By Kingsley Ighobor 23 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet
#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet

Vacant rooftops across all major cities around the world are a dime a dozen. Their concrete surfaces aren't just a waste of space in a highly urbanised world, but also contribute to the heat island effect that afflicts these built-up areas. So why not farm on them?

By Sindy Peters 23 Oct 2019

Murendeni Mafumo speaking at the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019. Image supplied.
#SingularityUSouthAfrica2019: The future of water collection, purification and distribution

What is the future of cities? And what is the future of water collection, purification and distribution?...

21 Oct 2019

2019 Feathers Awards winners announced
2019 Feathers Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Feathers Awards were recently announced in Johannesburg. The awards recognise South African personalities and institutions, activists, performing artists, sportspeople and media organisations that fly the LGBTIQ+ flag high...

18 Oct 2019

Pushing for a green economy and clean energy in Africa
Pushing for a green economy and clean energy in Africa

Africa is grappling with myriad environmental and climate challenges, from drought to loss of biodiversity, cyclones and plastics pollution...

By Zipporah Musau 18 Oct 2019

Klipheuwel Wind Farm
Wind power is far more than just energy

Energy security remains a challenge in the continent, with the average electrification rate in Africa at only about 43%. Wind power therefore could be a game changer...

17 Oct 2019

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