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Blog: How to feed our nation

Yesterday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

My earliest memory of hunger is not my own but my mother's. I have my own often complicated relationship with food but I am, undeniably, a sweet summer child, born to plenty and warmth. My mother was not. My mother's family lived in dusty little town called Klipgat, in the now North West Province. It was there, as a little girl, that she experienced the hungriest time of her life. She told me...

Hidden Gem in the Klein Karoo – Anysberg Nature Reserve

Friday at 08:57 AM, via CapeNature

This summer we invite you to explore, conserve and experience Anysberg Nature Reserve. Located in the heart of the Klein Karoo, off the beaten track near Ladismith, this picturesque nature reserve is renowned for its wide variety of outdoor activities and adventures. Kick back in the shade outside your cottage, with a book and a […]

Open Streets, open minds this Transport Month

Friday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

How will you #WalkTheTalk during Transport Month? This is what we asked our supporters at the beginning of October, as we launched the month at the Open Streets Day in Cape Town.On a perfectly warm and festive Sunday, participants at Open Streets ditched their cars and travelled into the city on everything from bicycles, unicycles, skateboards to buses, taxis, trains and even – yes – their...

Blog: “Why join the navy, when you can be a pirate!”

06 October at 02:00 AM, via WWF

When I heard Steve Jobs utter these words, it felt like he had been voyeuristically watching my life. I grew up in a typical small Indian town in Pretoria in the 80's and 90's. Our town lay in a valley surrounded by veld.  In this veld was a menagerie of animals, from wild hare and rabbits, to monitor lizards (often called “likkewaan”), snakes and a myriad of birds and bugs.  I would spend...

Conserve. Explore. Experience… this summer

05 October at 15:20 PM, via CapeNature

CapeNature invites you to #PutDownYourMarker this summer at any of our 25 pristine nature reserves! A world of adventure awaits so get ready to go hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, 4×4 trails, horse riding, swimming, and so much more. Whether you love to rough it or prefer to stay in comfort, CapeNature reserves offer the […]

Planting seeds for a water-secure future

04 October at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Recent figures show that the total estimate of national water lost to alien invasive plants equals 1.4 trillion litres – the equivalent to the holding capacity of three Theewaterskloof dams – which makes a community-based catchment clearance and replanting project in the Riviersonderend area all the more relevant.It's a simple matter of out with the bad and in with the good for Juliana November...

We're moving on up

29 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

It's true, we all live busy lives. And whether it's for work or for play, we're constantly on the go and in South Africa, we're addicted to cars; transport with the highest carbon footprint. Here are some environment and rand friendly ways to get going instead this Transport Month.Those feet were meant for walking…Explore the joy of walking a little bit everyday – it's healthy, energising and...

Walk the talk with WWF at Open Streets

27 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

It's confirmed: WWF South Africa will be participating in the next Open Streets event in Cape Town on Sunday, 1 October. One of those panda people is Eitan Prince, who has attended a few Open Streets events in his time. For him, Open Streets is more than an event; it's an experience that inspires everyone to think differently.Disclosure: I live in a city. I own a car. It's also my main mode of...

Blog: 6 reasons why wild rhinos (and the people looking after them) matter

21 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

As we celebrate World Rhino Day, Andrea Weiss contemplates why wild rhinos matter.1. They are awesome yet vulnerableMy most memorable encounter with a rhino was on the Wolhuter Wilderness Trail in the Kruger National Park. During the trail, we saw something like 26 white rhinos on foot – quite remarkable considering the pressure they are under. But the one sighting that sticks in my mind was...

WWF pays tribute to rhino heroes for World Rhino Day

20 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town (22 September 2017). This World Rhino Day, WWF would like to pay tribute to all the men and women working at all levels of our society to save our rhinos.These rhino heroes range from rhino monitors acting at community level to safeguard rhinos on the ground to committed conservationists working to increase rhino populations through projects such as WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion...

Stewardship agreements secure natural bounty

15 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Private landowners have joined hands with WWF South Africa and CapeNature to help conserve the sensitive Succulent Karoo vegetation of the Little Karoo and Breede River Valley through a range of stewardship agreements.The first phase of a three-year WWF South Africa/CapeNature pilot project, which was completed in June this year, has brought an additional 45 615 hectares of land into...

CapeNature’s World Heritage Sites – A Photo Tour

12 September at 16:04 PM, via CapeNature

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has been a reserve since 1986. Grootvadersbosch has 11 modern family cabins (built […]

Feeding hope among land reform communities

11 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

A project in northern KwaZulu-Natal has helped communal farmers move from subsistence to commercial cattle farming, writes Melissa du Preez.”This cattle farming project has made the community hungry to succeed and has been an eye-opener to the value in protecting and maximising the potential of our land.”iNkosi Mabaso beams with pride at the Mgundeni community's successes in land reform and...

Blog: These #SignsOfSpring will inspire you

07 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

The colourful season is here, and we asked our followers on social media to share their signs of spring – the littles things that inspire us as cold turns to warm, as flowers begin to bud, as the trees regrow their leaves, and we all start to shed the layers that kept us insulated in winter.Feast your eyes on these visual delights, and share your own #SignsOfSpring here.These peach blossoms...

CapeNature announces Access Week 2017 – My Nature, My Heritage

04 September at 16:52 PM, via CapeNature

September is Heritage Month in South Africa and the theme for this year is ‘Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage’. To celebrate, CapeNature is once again providing free access to all of our reserves to day visitors for one week in September. So between the 18th and the 25th September, why not head off […]

The rarest spring show on earth

01 September at 02:00 AM, via WWF

For a few short weeks in the year, one of the rarest types of vegetation in the world bursts into flower.Imagine for a moment that nine months of each year of your existence is spent lying low, quietly waiting, inconspicuous and unremarkable within your surroundings.Then, for a few short weeks in spring, when the time is right, you emerge most spectacularly with radiating glory, donning the...

How to stay fresh in a time of water restrictions

25 August at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-Ras Do most South Africans realise that we are all living in a water scarce country? Or is this one of those inconvenient truths that we choose to overlook in our daily lives, leaning more to comfort – and longer showers? As a Cape Town resident, it is not news that we have serious water restrictions. Some may forget, or forgo the warnings, but they are firmly in place for the...

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...

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...

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...

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