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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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