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Clanwilliam Flower Show cancelled due to drought

14 August at 11:09 AM, via CapeNature

This year’s Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show – an annual event that takes place in the village’s beautiful, historical Flower Church – has been cancelled due to the extreme drought in the area. This decision was made this week after thorough deliberation with all the parties involved. The Flower Show would have taken place from 25 […]

Women claiming a voice in agriculture

10 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

I will never forget how shocked my friends were when I boldly announced my intention to study Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University.And how their shock echoed back at me in twinges of apprehension as I arrived, on that very first day in 1995, at JS Marais Building at Stellenbosch University, to be greeted by a not terribly welcoming tannie who told me: “Young lady you are at the...

A private sector perspective: Good for business, good for the climate

08 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

With energy and climate change as one of the pillars of Woolworths's Good Business Journey, the company has committed to increasing energy efficiency in their operations and reducing their overall carbon emissions in line with the global climate change imperative. In this regard Woolworths has set aggressive targets, namely a 50% reduction of their carbon footprint by 2020 and further, and to...

Rethinking the role of coal

08 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

South Africa's high dependence on coal is a result of a natural endowment and has been critical to the development of its industrial capability and economic diversification. Historically, coal was a cheap energy source and cheap energy was critical to the mining sector and other energy-intensive industries such as steel making, smelting and the development of the railways. Coal is also...

Renewable energy working for women

08 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

'My day-to-day job is becoming more like running the plant,' electrician Vania Heyns says, laughing.She is one of the electricians at the Kakamas Hydro Electric Power (KHEP) plant on the outskirts of this remote Northern Cape town, and her boss, Johan Benade, agrees that she pretty much runs the show. Vania's knowledge of the community means that she's ideally placed to also coordinate the...

A just transition to a renewable energy future in SA

08 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

There are three key drivers for a global energy transition away from fossil fuels. The first is the imperative for all governments and non-state actors to take urgent action to address climate change. The second is the need for energy security. The third, and most exciting development, is that the renewable energy sector has made massive advances in the past few years in terms of technology...

Door-to-door approach to water management

08 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

The Ceres Valley is often referred to as the fruit basket of South Africa – and it's here that a community approach to water stewardship initiated by WWF South Africa is taking shape. Meet the Witzenberg Water Savers…For years, Catherine Ambraal, a resident of Prince Alfred Hamlet, has been struggling with a leaky bathroom pipe that's been affecting the foundation of her home and posed a...

Finding the energy the meet our climate commitments

08 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

If South Africa is serious about meeting its climate commitments, it should:leave its coal in the ground.maximise the percentage of renewable energy in the country's electricity mix to bring about an energy future that is both least-cost and most impactful from a climate mitigation perspective.maximise the complementarity of the country's solar and wind resources and avoid investment in...

Meet Kogelberg's wing man for small-scale fishers

07 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Small-scale fishers in the Kogelberg face tough times, but a young man from Kleinmond has joined hands with the World Wide Fund South Africa (WWF-SA) to help his community to prepare themselves for the future.Twenty-year-old Marcelin Barry was raised in Kleinmond and has become quite popular along the Kogelberg coast. For two reasons – his impressive rugby skills as a wing for the Kleinmond...

My life: Going with the flow

03 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Habits are funny things and can be a mission to change. If you've ever tried giving up an addiction, you'll know just how hard it can be. With some habits, though, seeing the bigger picture can be great motivator for change.I used to be a chronic waster of water – not such a cool thing to do in the middle of drought. That is until I learnt just how much water I was literally flushing down the...

Happy Earth Overshoot Day…

02 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-Ras Except it is not a day to celebrate. Today, 2 August, is the day that we – the human race – have officially exceeded nature's limit for this year. This line-in-the-sand in the calendar year is when we have used up the resource ''budget'' – nature's annual supply of water, soil and clean air – using more natural resources than the environment can regenerate. It means humanity...

The ecological equivalent of junk status

02 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-RasJunk status is real. It is not just a catchy phrase to be thrown around dinner tables, or dismissed on a whim.By definition it is the downgrading of a country's investment status based on creditworthiness of the national economy. It is the likelihood of the government being able to repay foreign debt and the risk level for foreign investors. South Africa's recent downgrade to...

What that food label REALLY means

02 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

When you scan that scratchy, blotted “best before”, “sell by” and “use by” label on that carton of milk, your eyes are immediately drawn to “best before” and then we stop thinking. But it's so much more complicated than that. WWF's latest report Food Loss and Waste: Facts and Futures sketches the state of food loss and waste in South Africa while highlighting the actions that would reduce this...

The truth about our food waste problem

02 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF has just published a brilliant new report that showcases the level of food waste globally – including, importantly, South Africa.The Food Loss and Waste: Facts and Futures report maps out the hazards of wasted healthy, nutritious food in a country so starved and dry.The report at a glance:In South Africa, a third of all food is never consumed and ends up at rubbish dumps.This waste is in...

Opinion: Funk it! I'm walking for water

01 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Nomsa Mazwai aka Nomisupasta When did we start taking life for granted? And how long will it take us to realise that without water there will be no life at all? Is it this era we live in of excessive consumption, and our desire for instant gratification, that has made us believe we are immune from needing to think long-term to protect water? I'm not sure when it happened, but this...

ProVerb: The man behind the legend

01 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

He's a public persona, hip-hop artist and famous TV presenter but did you know that Tebogo Thekisho aka ProVerb he's a self-confessed introvert?In his off time, you'll find him either at home or in nature with his kids.We thought you'd like to meet the “real” man – as he explains, “Tebogo is who I am and ProVerb is what I do.”On being a father:Selaelo Mannya (SM): How has becoming a father...

OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) Recycling: Overview and Business Benefits

31 July at 18:33 PM, via Environment.co.za

The post OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) Recycling: Overview and Business Benefits appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Corrugated cardboard is an essential part of packaging and transportation in any industry, since it’s sturdy, cost-effective and easy to handle. It’s also one of the most valuable materials for the recycling industry, since it’s rich in wood pulp fiber and...

World Ranger Day 2017

31 July at 09:35 AM, via CapeNature

It’s World Ranger Day on Monday, 31st July 2017! This day commemorates all the park and field rangers injured or killed around the world while protecting our natural heritage. It is also a celebration of their work and an acknowledgment of their ongoing service. To mark World Ranger Day 2017, we spent some time chatting […]

My Money: Turn change into financial freedom

31 July at 02:00 AM, via WWF

The South African economy isn't in great shape, and it's a little bit scary. We all to know that have enough so that we can live our dreams. A big barrier to achieving our goals is money.So what keeps us from this? Our brains and its resistance to change.Maybe because “change” is the wrong word; it's about transforming spending habits into saving habits.If there's one thing you take from this...

My Style: Change your fashion, change your world

31 July at 02:00 AM, via WWF

I have a soft spot for jeans. I mean, who doesn't?In fact, one thing we all have in common with jeans is the one pair we've worn till they literally fell apart. The pair that goes with everything, the pair that makes us feel body-confident, the pair with all our wild nights-out memories and the one we broke the bank to get.Besides being incredibly versatile, jeans are super comfortable. But...

“Stone” Nkokweni – An Inspiring Story of a Bamboo Charcoal Connoisseur

30 July at 14:18 PM, via Environment.co.za

The post “Stone” Nkokweni – An Inspiring Story of a Bamboo Charcoal Connoisseur appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Patrick “Stone” Nkokweni started working for EcoPlanet Bamboo in July 2014 as a gardener for the areas surrounding the newly initiated Core Carbon factory. It was quickly noticed by management that Stone was sharp, willing to learn new skills and eager to play a...

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