Is zero hunger by 2030 achievable given the huge challenges we face?
Is zero hunger by 2030 achievable given the huge challenges we face?

South Africans recently celebrated their 25th Freedom Day. In many respects we have come a long way as a nation. And yet, we are behind in so much development and the slow progress means that we are ultimately failing our citizens in numerous areas - poor education; lack of broader access to clean water and sanitation; the lack of jobs; slow economic development; poor governance at our state-owned enterprises and the dire state of food security to name a few.

By Andy Du Plessis 15 hours ago

#AfricaMonth: Mapping out crucial data at a disaster scene
#AfricaMonth: Mapping out crucial data at a disaster scene

Humanitarian emergencies often strike without warning, destroying lives and livelihoods within a matter of seconds. In the immediate aftermath, the challenge for those responding is to know where to start.

By Evan-Lee Courie 18 hours ago

Trophy hunting in Africa: the case for viable, sustainable alternatives
Trophy hunting in Africa: the case for viable, sustainable alternatives

For decades, the public has been fed the myth that trophy hunting is absolutely necessary for sustainable conservation in Africa. Some sections of the academy, as well as the hunting lobby, continue to argue that banning trophy hunting will have a negative effect on wildlife biodiversity.

By Muchazondida Mkono 3 days ago

Gift of the Givers pulls out of Makhanda
Gift of the Givers pulls out of Makhanda

Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers unexpectedly announced on Wednesday, 15 May, its immediate withdrawal from Makana Municipality, where Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) is located.

By Lucas Nowicki 3 days ago

#AUW2019: Customer mistrust hampers power utility digitalisation
#AUW2019: Customer mistrust hampers power utility digitalisation

Using technology to improve customer service and ultimately drive revenue may not necessarily be clear cut for utilities like Eskom.

16 May 2019

Arts & Culture Trust launches 25th anniversary fundraising campaign
Arts & Culture Trust launches 25th anniversary fundraising campaign

To mark the 25 years since it was established, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has launched the 25 Million Reasons to Give campaign. The fundraising campaign aims to encourage investors to help it raise R25m for the arts.

16 May 2019

Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly
Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly

We're all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too.

By Laurie Wright 16 May 2019

Animal welfare and conservation organisation ifaw unveils rebrand
Animal welfare and conservation organisation ifaw unveils rebrand

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (ifaw), a global animal welfare and conservation non-profit organisation, recently unveiled its rebrand, including a new logo and website.

15 May 2019

Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy
Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy

The demographic dividend, new production revolution, shifting wealth patterns, accelerated urban transition and climate change and the green economy are the megatrends that will influence this continent's future claims the latest analysis in the Africa's development dynamics - growth, jobs and inequalities report compiled by the African Union Commission in partnership with the OECD. By 2063, Africa will constitute 30% of the global population with 3 billion inhabitants, more than doubling the current population of 1.25 billion. More than that it will be that region of the world with the most youthful population. What we do now will determine whether this computes into a demographic dividend or a demographic burden.

By Dhesigen Naidoo 15 May 2019

MySchool '21 years of Giving Back' winners announced
MySchool '21 years of Giving Back' winners announced

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme launched its '21 years of Giving Back' campaign last year as part of its 21st anniversary celebrations, giving R2.1m to 21 causes nominated by cardholders. This has enabled 21 charities and schools across the country to each win a cash donation of R100,000 to boost their good work in their communities.

15 May 2019

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How marketing with CSR at its heart can change the world

Fitting in perfectly with the rise of purpose-led marketing across the globe is Jeanne du Plessis, corporate affairs and citizenship leader at Procter and Gamble (P&G) South Africa. Du Plessis explained during a recent Meltwater webinar on the role of corporate social responsibility or CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in marketing that she's a passionate believer that business can and should be a force for good in the world.

By Leigh Andrews 14 May 2019

Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are
Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are

"Ugly" or "wonky" veg were blamed for up to 40% of wasted fruit and vegetables in 2013, as produce was discarded for failing to meet retailer appearance standards.

By Miriam C. Dobson and Jill L. Edmondson 14 May 2019

Girls4Tech programme aims to reach one million girls by 2025
Girls4Tech programme aims to reach one million girls by 2025

First launched in South Africa in 2017, Mastercard's inquiry-based STEM programme Girls4Tech has so far reached more than 400,000 girls (ages 8-12) in 25 countries. The programme aims to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers through a fun, engaging curriculum built around global science and mathematics' standards.

14 May 2019