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South Africa's carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enough
South Africa's carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enoughArticle

To hear President Ramaphosa's address to the Virtual Leaders' Summit on Climate Change, you'd think SA was going "above and beyond" when it comes to...

Robyn Hugo 1 day ago

Zimbabwe's horticultural sector blooms
Zimbabwe's horticultural sector bloomsArticle

There is an overall increase in area and production under horticultural crops this season, with the area under emerging crops such as blueberries increasing across the provinces...

Elita Chikwati 7 May 2021

Ingula Nature Reserve declared wetland of international importance
Ingula Nature Reserve declared wetland of international importanceArticle

Forestry, fisheries and the environment minister Barbara Creecy has welcomed the declaration of the Ingula Nature Reserve as a wetland of international importance...

5 May 2021

SMMEs call for viability as FRAP 2021 looms
SMMEs call for viability as FRAP 2021 loomsArticle

When it comes to the SMMEs in the fishing industry, the barrier to entry remains high...

4 May 2021

Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw deal
Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw dealArticle

The contributions that women in West Africa's fisheries make to the sector are widely un(der)paid, undervalued and largely invisible...

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood and Sayra van den Berg Bhagwandas 4 May 2021

Call for board nominations for SA Weather Service, SANParks, Sanbi
Call for board nominations for SA Weather Service, SANParks, SanbiArticle

Forestry, fisheries and the environment minister Barbara Creecy is calling for board nominations for the South African Weather Service (SAWS)...

3 May 2021

South Africa to clamp down on captive lion breeding, minister says
South Africa to clamp down on captive lion breeding, minister saysArticle

South Africa will clamp down on captive lion breeding after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism...

Nqobile Dludla 3 May 2021

EPR regulation: Doubling down on plastic bag producers
EPR regulation: Doubling down on plastic bag producersArticle

South Africa's amended plastic bag regulations and the new extended producer responsibility regulations raise concerns about double taxation in the plastic bag sector...

Garyn Rapson, Paula-Ann Novotny and Emma Bleeker 29 Apr 2021

Sanbi appoints Shonisani Munzhedzi as CEO
Sanbi appoints Shonisani Munzhedzi as CEOArticle

The board of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) has appointed Shonisani Munzhedzi as CEO of the organisation...

23 Apr 2021

AfriGIS - supporting sustainable development through geospatial solutions
AfriGIS - supporting sustainable development through geospatial solutionsArticle

AfriGIS was appointed by GIZ to deliver a solution in South Africa that is accessible to all levels of participation in the value chain of natural resource management; in this instance harvesting of marula fruit...

Issued by AfriGIS 23 Apr 2021

Green Paper on Marriages approved for public consultation
Green Paper on Marriages approved for public consultationArticle

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Green Paper on Marriages for public consultation...

22 Apr 2021

Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO report
Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO reportArticle

The Covid-19-related economic slowdown failed to put the brakes on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts according to a new report by the WMO...

22 Apr 2021

Nestlé becomes first FMCG company to join Polyco
Nestlé becomes first FMCG company to join PolycoArticle

Nestlé is the first food manufacturer and brand owner to join the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation, a not-for-profit industry body focused on reducing the amount of used polyolefin plastic packaging waste...

20 Apr 2021

Amended plastic bag regulations published for implementation
Amended plastic bag regulations published for implementationArticle

Amendments to South Africa's Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations have been published in the Government Gazette for implementation...

19 Apr 2021

#BehindtheBrandManager: Patrick Kutumane for Lucky Star
#BehindtheBrandManager: Patrick Kutumane for Lucky StarArticle

Patrick Kutumane unpacks Lucky Star's marketing strategies and brand campaigns, including the rationales behind them, brand sustainability initiatives and more...

Robin Fredericks 19 Apr 2021

2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chance
2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chanceArticle

Decreasing plastic waste and enhancing plastic recycling remains a focus area for South Africa, according to forestry, fisheries and environment minister Barbara Creecy...

19 Apr 2021

Environmental management plan published for adoption
Environmental management plan published for adoptionArticle

A plan to mitigate the environmental impact of LandCare projects has been published by the minister of forestry, fisheries and the environment...

15 Apr 2021

Operation Phakisa - accelerating the implementation of solutions critical to development
Operation Phakisa - accelerating the implementation of solutions critical to developmentArticle

With almost 4000kms of coastline, South Africa is uniquely placed to harness the potential of marine economy. As a focus from driving economic growth, the government's Operation Phakisa Programme looks to build focus sectors while securing valuable marine resources...

Jessie Taylor, Issued by Topco Media 12 Apr 2021

Developed countries urged to revisit climate change targets
Developed countries urged to revisit climate change targetsArticle

The 30th Basic Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change has urged developed countries to revisit their climate change mitigation targets while also urging them to provide support to developing countries...

12 Apr 2021

Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemic
Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemicArticle

Called #WhenHopeWhispers, the campaign aims to highlight the indomitable spirit and contributions of various stakeholders from the potato industry before culminating in an inaugural State of the Potato Industry Address on 5 May 2021...

6 Apr 2021

Environmental plan for construction of SKA published
Environmental plan for construction of SKA publishedArticle

The amendments include the acknowledgement of the declaration of portions of the SKA site as the Meerkat National Park; the increase in the size of the land core area...

6 Apr 2021

Name change for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Department
Name change for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment DepartmentArticle

The formation of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is complete now that all the relevant officials have been transferred to the newly amalgamated department.

31 Mar 2021

Have your say on draft climate change NDC
Have your say on draft climate change NDCArticle

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, has officially launched South Africa's updated draft Nationally Determined Contribution for public consultation...

30 Mar 2021

Farming fish in fresh water is more affordable and sustainable than in the ocean
Farming fish in fresh water is more affordable and sustainable than in the oceanArticle

Aquaculture is a growing source of healthy protein for millions of people around the world, but there are big differences between farming fish on land and at sea.

Ben Belton, Dave Little and Wenbo Zhang 30 Mar 2021

Public comment sought on ERP in the waste sector
Public comment sought on ERP in the waste sectorArticle

Draft amendments to the regulations and notices regarding Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the Waste Sector have been published for public consultation...

29 Mar 2021

The Pretoria High Court has stopped Uthaka Energy from starting to mine coal this week in the critical water source area of Mabola, Mpumalanga. Archive photo: supplied
Court stops Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

In yet another turn in what is already a six-year legal battle, Uthaka Energy, a coal-mining company, has been interdicted by the Pretoria High Court from mining in one of South Africa's critical water source areas...

John Yeld 26 Mar 2021

Minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy
Transitioning away from coalArticle

In an effort to move away from using coal to produce power, South Africa has embarked on a process of repurposing retiring coal power plants by adding solar photovoltaic (PV) and batteries...

25 Mar 2021

The Inyanda-Roodeplaat wind farm site in the Eastern Cape, taken from the cover of an Environmental Impact Report.
Controversial Watsons' wind farm approval overturned on reviewArticle

In an about-turn, DEFF has refused environmental authorisation for a controversial wind farm in the mountains near Uitenhage...

John Yeld 24 Mar 2021

Gillian Niven and Kirsty Kilner
Incentivising renewable energy development: moving one step closer, or two steps back?Article

Recent moves to incentivise renewable energy development in designated areas are welcome, but a new requirement has been introduced which may prove onerous and cause significant delays...

Kirsty Kilner & Gillian Niven 9 Mar 2021

SA agricultural employment down 8% year-on-year in Q4
SA agricultural employment down 8% year-on-year in Q4Article

Although South Africa's agricultural economy performed robustly in 2020, possibly grew by between 10-13%, according to Agbiz and Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy estimates, employment numbers remain disappointing...

Wandile Sihlobo 4 Mar 2021

Agriculture on positive growth trajectory, key to economic recovery
Agriculture on positive growth trajectory, key to economic recoveryArticle

In the National Budget Review for 2021, it was revealed that government's recovery plan focuses on raising the economy's long-term growth rate by supporting...

Unathi Mhlatyana 25 Feb 2021

Minister approaches court on small-scale fishing rights
Minister approaches court on small-scale fishing rightsArticle

The minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, will approach the High Court to review and set aside the process of awarding small-scale fishing...

22 Feb 2021

They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean
They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic OceanArticle

In a new study published in Nature Communications, my colleagues and I find a stark confirmation that microplastics are found throughout the Arctic Ocean...

Peter S. Ross 1 Feb 2021

Rhino poaching declines in 2020
Rhino poaching declines in 2020Article

South Africa saw a marked decline of 33% in rhino poaching during 2020...

1 Feb 2021

South African climate finance report tracks R62.2bn in annual climate finance
South African climate finance report tracks R62.2bn in annual climate financeArticle

A recent South African Climate Finance Landscape report published by GreenCape and The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship has tracked R62.2bn in annual climate finance invested in SA for 2017 and 2018...

Issued by GreenCape 29 Jan 2021

WorldFish, LVFO strengthen research ties boosting aquatic food availability in East Africa
WorldFish, LVFO strengthen research ties boosting aquatic food availability in East AfricaArticle

The new agreement marks a step towards competitive, gender-equitable, and sustainable commercial aquaculture and fisheries management in the Lake Victoria Basin, bordered by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda...

13 Jan 2021

Public-private partnership grows Kenya's agriculture fortunes in a tough year
Public-private partnership grows Kenya's agriculture fortunes in a tough yearArticle

Kenya's agriculture has beaten the odds of a difficult 2020 to end on a high, having registered one of the best growth trajectories across key segments in a long time...

Nelson Maina 28 Dec 2020

Reimagining the ocean economy with Ocean Innovation Africa
Reimagining the ocean economy with Ocean Innovation AfricaArticle

Entrepreneurs, executives, investors, scientists and government representatives from around the world recently gathered online for Ocean Innovation Africa...

21 Dec 2020

We can shape the climate future we want
We can shape the climate future we wantArticle

South Africa's laws and history of public participation give us the tools we need to fight for an equitable and green country...

Amy Giliam 10 Dec 2020

Coffer dam mining operations in 2017. Image from the report Amendment of Environmental Management Programmes for Mining Rights 554MRC, 10025MR, 512MRC and 513MRC - Volume 2: Mining Right 554MRC, November 2017 by SLR Consulting in association with Placer Resource Management.
Diamond divers warn of damage to seabed from West Coast mining damsArticle

Sediment from coffer dams built by diamond mining companies on the West Coast is smothering the seabed and damaging the inshore reef systems, perhaps permanently, diamond divers have warned...

John Yeld 9 Dec 2020

How new recycling laws impact manufacturers, importers, brand owners, consumers
How new recycling laws impact manufacturers, importers, brand owners, consumersArticle

The "extended producer responsibility" provisions of the Waste Act No. 59 of 2008 have been kicked into gear by the recent publication of regulations and notices...

Janine Will 8 Dec 2020

Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?
Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?Article

In my career as a marine biologist, I've been fortunate enough to visit some of the most remote islands in the world. These beautiful places continue to remind me why I have this job in the first place...

Henrik Österblom 7 Dec 2020

PPC Ltd, Coca-Cola and Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries weigh in on sustainability in SA
PPC Ltd, Coca-Cola and Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries weigh in on sustainability in SAArticle

On Day 1 of this year's anticipated Africa Tech Week Virtual Summit, PPC Ltd hosted a pivotal panel discussion regarding impact efforts of resource generation and ideas surrounding 'the circular economy'...

Issued by Topco Media 4 Dec 2020

Photo: Martin Adams
Gas-to-power gains momentum on SA energy sceneArticle

Up to now, gas-fired generation projects has been under the radar in filling the country's electricity shortfall...

2 Dec 2020

R1.3m ploughed into environmentally friendly youth projects
R1.3m ploughed into environmentally friendly youth projectsArticle

Thirteen youth-led projects are set to benefit from the Driving Force for Change initiative, intended for projects that tackle issues of climate change, waste management and biodiversity loss...

27 Nov 2020

Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversity
Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversityArticle

Cabinet has approved the updated National Protected Areas Expansion Strategy and the revised National Biodiversity Framework in an effort to assist in addressing threats to biodiversity...

25 Nov 2020

Kickstarting the post-Covid-19 economic recovery, the big focus of the 2020 Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue
Kickstarting the post-Covid-19 economic recovery, the big focus of the 2020 Southern Africa Europe CEO DialogueArticle

The Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue goes online, this year, and will be hosted from Johannesburg in digital format on 26 and 27 November 2020...

Issued by Optimize Agency 24 Nov 2020

Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021
Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021Article

The 2020 Plastics Colloquium Feedback session was hosted virtually recently by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), the Consumer Goods Council of SA, Plastics|SA and the informal sector associations...

20 Nov 2020

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