New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system
New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system

A new WWF South Africa report, Agri-Food Systems: Facts and Futures, has called for a fundamental overhaul of our food system which, in its current form, it says, is a threat to the environment and human health...

21 hours ago

Technology is useful, but drones alone won't save Africa's elephants
Technology is useful, but drones alone won't save Africa's elephants

Technology has made a tremendous difference in the world, in areas as diverse as health and education, and pretty much everything in between...

By Ross Harvey 1 day ago

Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics
Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are a blessing and a curse. They have fuelled a revolution in commercial and consumer convenience and improved hygiene standards, but also have saturated the world's coastlines and clogged landfills...

By Anastasia Telesetsky 8 Feb 2019

Judge Albie Sachs to deliver keynote address at Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019
Judge Albie Sachs to deliver keynote address at Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019

Trialogue, a consultancy that focuses on corporate responsibility issues, has announced Judge Albie Sachs as the keynote speaker at its upcoming Business in Society Conference, taking place in Johannesburg on 16 and 17 April...

Issued by Trialogue 7 Feb 2019

Equal pay is not a demand - it's a right
Equal pay is not a demand - it's a right

Change for women in the workplace is happening, but more needs to be done...

By Marian Salzman 7 Feb 2019

Eskom met with strong opposition in its latest attempt to avoid pollution standards
Eskom met with strong opposition in its latest attempt to avoid pollution standards

Earlier this week, the Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign submitted strongly worded opposition to Eskom's latest round of applications for more time to comply with pollution standards...

7 Feb 2019

Female elephant spotted roaming Knysna forest
Female elephant spotted roaming Knysna forest

SANPark scientists have confirmed that a female elephant, the same subspecies as all the other elephant populations in South Africa, is roaming the Knysna forest...

7 Feb 2019

West Coast mining company fined a "pittance"
West Coast mining company fined a "pittance"

Australian-owned mining company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) has been fined R1.25 million for unlawful activities at its Tormin heavy minerals mine on the West Coast near Lutzville...

By John Yeld 6 Feb 2019

SONA 2019: Road closures
SONA 2019: Road closures

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 7 February 2019, several roads will be closed in and around the Cape Town CBD...

6 Feb 2019

Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addiction
Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addiction

Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable...

By Sabrina Chakori 6 Feb 2019

These SA-made eco-friendly firelighters are 100% natural
These SA-made eco-friendly firelighters are 100% natural

FireFly Biofuel is a non-toxic, eco-friendly firelighter that's made from recycled coffee, biodegradable vegetable wax, recycled wood and unrefined sugar...

6 Feb 2019

PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strapping
PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strapping

Wood-based product manufacturer PG Bison will now use only locally sourced and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) strapping...

6 Feb 2019

Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency
Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency

After more than three decades of talk about the potential of building green, we've still failed to change the way we design and construct buildings...

By Meg Holden and Rebecca Holt 6 Feb 2019

Philippi Village mural helping to build trust and hope in a fractured community
Philippi Village mural helping to build trust and hope in a fractured community

UCT's Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre has partnered with key stakeholders in the community of Philippi to turn the building of a wall into a first step towards building social cohesion and trust...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 5 Feb 2019

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing and YPO member.
Global CEOs to reskill, redefine and recycle in Cape Town with YPO

YPO is hosting the world's largest gathering of chief executives, its Global Leadership Conference and YPO Edge, right here in Cape Town on 6 and 7 March 2019, with the theme, 'Life of Re'. YPO member Julia Raphaely, also CEO of Associated Media Publishing, shares what to expect...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Feb 2019

Nestlé enhances supply chain transparency by sharing list of suppliers
Nestlé enhances supply chain transparency by sharing list of suppliers

Swiss transnational food and drink company Nestlé will accelerate its journey to reach full supply chain transparency by disclosing its list of suppliers alongside a variety of data of its 15 priority commodities...

5 Feb 2019

Facebook marks Safer Internet Day, partnering 20+ African NGOs
Facebook marks Safer Internet Day, partnering 20+ African NGOs

Facebook has announced that it is supporting Safer Internet Day, held annually on 5 February, with a campaign spanning 15-plus African countries...

5 Feb 2019

Two poaching attempts foiled in KZN
Two poaching attempts foiled in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala has commended law authorities for the arrest of suspected poachers in two poaching attempts...

4 Feb 2019

#FairnessFirst: Diversity behind the scenes makes for better reporting
#FairnessFirst: Diversity behind the scenes makes for better reporting

One of the basic tenets of journalism is to tell the true story. But everyone's version of the story is shaded by personal background - and what if your background doesn't match that of the subject? It shouldn't make a difference, but it does. Here's why UK publishers are now hiring diversity executives...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Feb 2019

UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater
UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater

A new study compares the effectiveness and costs of many different technologies designed to remove arsenic from groundwater - a health threat to at least 140 million people in 50 countries...

1 Feb 2019

Plastic in the oceans is not the fault of the global south
Plastic in the oceans is not the fault of the global south

Our oceans are littered with plastics. Indeed, we are regularly exposed to images and stories of whales and sea turtles choking to death on plastic trash. Ocean plastic is clearly a problem but what is the solution?

By Alisa Greenwood-Nguyen and Robin J. Roth 1 Feb 2019

Nomzamo Mbatha. Image source:
SA actress and activist appointed UNHCR goodwill ambassador

South African actress and human rights activist Nomzamo Mbatha has been appointed the UNHCR's newest goodwill ambassador...

31 Jan 2019

Two nabbed with 10 rhino horn pieces
Two nabbed with 10 rhino horn pieces

Two suspects were arrested at OR Tambo International Airport with 10 pieces of rhino horn worth an estimated R2m...

31 Jan 2019

Brambles makes progress towards 2020 Sustainability Goals
Brambles makes progress towards 2020 Sustainability Goals

Brambles show ongoing improvements in making customers' supply chains more efficient, safer and sustainable...

30 Jan 2019

2018 International Coastal Clean-up results reveals SA's top pollutants
2018 International Coastal Clean-up results reveals SA's top pollutants

The results of the 2018 International Coastal Clean-up showed that broken down plastic pieces, foam pieces, cigarette butts, and bottle caps continue to be some of the biggest pollutants...

30 Jan 2019

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched
Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched

Speaking at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome this week, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said a major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed...

29 Jan 2019

People living in run-down, inner city apartments, like these in Cairo, are at risk of heat-stress health problems. Shutterstock
How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people

There is mounting evidence of the impact of climate change on human habitat and health, on plant and animal life, on water resources and shorelines...

By Lenore Manderson 28 Jan 2019

#FairnessFirst: Will the shift towards a cashless society finally decrease inequality?
#FairnessFirst: Will the shift towards a cashless society finally decrease inequality?

We're closer to functioning as a global cashless society than ever before, yet an Oxfam report warns that equality between the haves and have-nots is higher than ever before. Read on for the impact on females and the unbanked in particular...

By Leigh Andrews 28 Jan 2019

How we can "bank" water underground for use later on
How we can "bank" water underground for use later on

Since groundwater was developed as a science 150 years ago by Henry Darcy, several ideas using engineering and technology have cropped up on how best to manage it...

By Gaathier Mahed 28 Jan 2019

Curios and handicrafts not the way to equality in Africa
Curios and handicrafts not the way to equality in Africa

In an interview earlier this year, Jessica Horn, director of programmes at the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) voiced concern about the type of work African women are involved in...

By Devan Moonsamy 28 Jan 2019

KFC commits to 100% recoverable or reusable plastic packaging by 2025
KFC commits to 100% recoverable or reusable plastic packaging by 2025

KFC, one of the world's largest quick service restaurant chains, has publicly committed to ensuring that all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging across its global system will be recoverable or reusable by 2025...

25 Jan 2019

UN, WEF and partners to tackle e-waste
UN, WEF and partners to tackle e-waste

Supported by the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), seven UN entities have come together to call for an overhaul of the current electronics system...

25 Jan 2019

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