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Source to tap, that's a wrap for Journey of Water

Tuesday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

This month our water heroes undertook WWF's 3-day #JourneyofWater that connects people to the real source of their water – nature.This year's squad was impressive with the likes of actress Hlubi Mboya, TV anchor Leanne Manas, hip-hop artist Sizwe Moeketsi aka Reason, Kutloano Nhlapo aka Da Kruk of YFM, Miss Earth SA ambassador Rose Mantsho and extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood tackling the...

After the storm: African Penguins on Dyer Island and Stony Point

15 June at 12:18 PM, via CapeNature

As soon as the weather patterns leading up to the storm of 7 and 8 June 2017 was identified, the CapeNature management teams of the two precious African Penguin colonies on Dyer Island and Stony Point, started with earnest preparations to minimise the loss of birds, as well as limit any possible damage to infrastructure. […]

Finding emissions solutions for a better future: An intern's journey

12 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF intern Anna Ras enjoys a novel internship as a Project Assistant exploring ways to develop and implement low emissions solutions in conjunction with local municipalities.This Chemical Engineer is seconded for her internship to Chemonics International in their South Africa Low Emissions Development Programme, she's at the forefront of this futuristic field. So what inspires someone to commit...

The science of passion: One intern's evolving nature

12 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

With a background in Ocean and Atmospheric Science, WWF Masters intern Bellinda Monyela works on climate change mitigation at The Green House. The 24-year-old has managed to turn a childhood curiosity into a flourishing and unique career path for herself and the planet. We asked Bellinda where this passion was first borne and her answer intrigued us: What led you to this career?My choice was...

Storms and fires on CapeNature reserves

08 June at 13:48 PM, via CapeNature

Please note that the recent fires and extreme weather conditions have had an impact on the following CapeNature reserves: No access due to fire: We ask that people refrain from trying to access these areas to allow firefighters and emergency services to proceed with necessary operations. Robberg Nature Reserve – Closed till further notice. Goukamma […]

Celebrate World Oceans Day 2017 with CapeNature

08 June at 11:58 AM, via CapeNature

Today, 8 June, we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.     This year’s theme, Our Oceans, Our Future, places a conservation focus on solutions to plastic pollution and […]

Journey of Water Day 3: Outdoor classroom and a final boat ride

07 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

The last place you expect to see an albatross is in northern KwaZulu-Natal.A photograph of a dead albatross chick, killed by plastic fed to it by its devoted parents – held up as an example of what happens if plastic pollution in our waterways is uncontrolled. The photograph was part of a show-and-tell at a recycling project in the Ncotshane township on the outskirts of the town of Pongola.As...

Journey of Water Day 2: Slurry, snakes and an adventure swim

07 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

The instruction from our walking guide, Tarryn Pieters, was simple but effective.”Stay on the path. There are snakes – mambas. Keep still if you see one and it will move off. But you should be OK, because we'll see it first,” she said.There are few opening pronouncements able to bring a group of 20 foot-weary walkers smartly into line. We'd arrived at this point after driving down a dirt road...

Journey of Water 2017 focuses on mining controversy

05 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Wakkerstroom – South Africa's precious water source areas need to be protected, restored and valued for the good of the country as a whole – and not thrown open to questionable mining ventures.This was the key message at the launch of WWF South Africa's third Journey of Water which kicked off with a 16km hike in the Mabola Protected Environment near Wakkerstroom on World Environment Day. The...

Journey of Water Day 1 – From Mabola to Pongola

05 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Our five vans, loaded with water heroes who had signed up for the Journey of Water, were weaving their way along the scenic back route. This was the first day of our #JourneyofWater in the grassland bordering Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. Our destination: the Mabola Protected Environment, the start point of a 16km hike to illustrate the payoff line “Water doesn't come from a tap”.Although bad,...

One country cannot stop the Paris climate agreement

02 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town (2 June, 2017) – President Donald Trump announced last night that he would begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the historic Paris Agreement, the world's first global plan to address climate change.The historic agreement, approved in December 2015, commits nearly 200 countries to pursue all efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C to stave off some of...

SA stars go to ground for Journey of Water

02 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

A team of water heroes are carving their way through a 3-day Journey of Water. This adventure will take them – and you – along the path of our water, from source to tap. Guess who will be traversing the daunting 16km hike on day 1? None other than actress Hlubi Mboya, TV anchor Leanne Manas, hip-hop artist Sizwe Moeketsi aka Reason, Kutloano Nhlapo aka Da Kruk of YFM, and extreme swimmer Ryan...

Companies inspire staff to take a #JourneyofWater

02 June at 02:00 AM, via WWF

We're mere days away from the 3-day epic #JourneyofWater from 5-7 June.This year we did things a little differently. We opened six spots for the winners of our corporate challenge that formed part of the campaign.It called on companies to challenge staff to share their personal journeys of water stewardship.Barloworld, Mondi, Nedbank, Sanlam, Tongaat Hulett and Woolworths rose to the...

Moving rhinos the stress-free way

25 May at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Looking back over 14 years of moving black rhinos to create new populations as part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, it's interesting to see how the capture and release techniques have improved.For example, in the early years of the project, when the crate doors were opened at release, the animals would charge out, sometimes attack vehicles in the vicinity, and then disappear into...

A guide to bouldering at Rocklands

23 May at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Just the thought of climbing massive rocks without harness or ropes is enough to scare many, but some seasoned climbers recently visited the area and documented just how amazing the experience of bouldering in the Cederberg can be.  As part of EpicTV’s bouldering series, a group of climbers from America, the United Kingdom and Canada […]

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

22 May at 10:52 AM, via CapeNature

On 22 May each year we celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity. Not only is this a reason to revel in nature, but it is also a reminder of what we as citizens should be doing to help conserve the biodiversity in the Western Cape. In its simplest terms, biodiversity means variety of life. That […]

World Biodiversity Day: A reason to celebrate our natural wonders

22 May at 02:00 AM, via WWF

South Africa's varied landscapes and exquisite coastlines are home to many unique creatures. They can also provide the perfect reprieve from our urban surroundings – be it for a hike, cycle or swim, or that extended holiday. When we visit these special wild spaces in nature, we realise the need to protect them. May 22 marks International Day for Biological Diversity – or World Biodiversity Day...

New wheels for rhino project

19 May at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Working with black rhinos means driving long distances, often over rough terrain, which is why we are grateful to the Ford Wildlife Foundation for the donation of a new bakkie.The Ford Wildlife Foundation recently handed over a new Ford Ranger bakkie to WWF's Dr Jacques Flamand for use in our Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.The project aims to increase numbers of the critically endangered...

Celebrity group to tackle third Journey of Water with WWF-SA

15 May at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town (11 May 2017). WWF South Africa is gearing up for its third Journey of Water which will see a group of influential  South Africans traverse a water catchment area in Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal over a three-day period to highlight the many challenges facing water security in this country.Along the way, they will hike, paddle and boat through some of South Africa's most...

12 500 signatures sent to Eskom

12 May at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF South Africa has delivered the Earth Hour petition calling on Eskom to lift the brakes on renewable energy to the power utility's acting CEO, Matshela Koko. The pressure is on the energy utility to act.As part of this year's Earth Hour campaign, over 12 000 South Africans heeded WWF-SA's call to hold Eskom to account by demanding a renewable energy future and meeting our CoP21 commitments...

It's time to take the journey of our water

11 May at 02:00 AM, via WWF

In light of the  drought, and the realisation that water stress is the new normal, we've been forced to reconsider the way we use water. It has even inspired a renewed and deeper appreciation for this natural resource that we simply can't live without.What better way to acknowledge the value of water than gaining an apprecaition of where this resource comes from  by following WWF South Africa's...

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