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10 ways that Woolies is walking the water talk

12 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Retailer Woolworths was one of the first companies to put up its hand up when WWF South Africa launched its #WatershedWednesday campaign. Here are 10 innovations the retailer has made to cut back on water use.1. Real-time meteringWoolworths has installed real-time water metering at 77% of its stores across South Africa and in Africa – and is thus able to monitor 95% of its total water...

Khetha – supporting communities' right to choose

11 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

CAPE TOWN (11th December 2017). The illegal trade of wildlife products – including rhino horn and elephant ivory – is the world's fourth largest transnational crime. These crimes represent not just a threat to Africa's endangered animals, but also affect the safety and well-being of communities who live near these protected areas.  WWF South Africa and the United States Agency for...

The whopping truth of that burger

08 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

We never think about how much water a meat-based diet takes. It won't break the bank to buy that burger meal but when you consider the illustration below, you'll realise you're paying the earth for a bite.That yummy burger we chow on the go uses roughly 1 500 litres of water to make – that's from farm to table.

BLOG: Next-level water restrictions call for next-level action

07 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-RasA colleague picked up a breaking news story this week that might have flown under the radar for most. For me, and hopefully at least half of Cape Town, it was a scary reminder that the worst of our water nightmares are yet to come.It was another increase in Cape Town's water restrictions to level 6, coming into effect from 1 January 2018, as stated in the Western Cape...

#WaterwiseXmas: The 'new normal' way to celebrate the festive season

06 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

It's the festive season and the time of travel, food, fun and family.But with the severe drought in the Western Cape and added water stress in other parts of the country forcing us to think differently about how we celebrate this festive season, we can't #YOLO through the summer holidays. This is why we're hosting a #WaterwiseXmas Twitter chat.Together with our water-conscious co-host Traveller...

Counting the drops with WWF's Braamie army

06 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

I had watched the 6-star green building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, being built from afar and when I was given the chance to work in it, I leapt at the opportunity.I've never looked back.It's meant that I can make a considerable impact on cutting water wastage without having to give it a second thought.In the process, I uncovered an interesting pattern: When business operations are framed...

Let's get #Down2Earth: Food edition

04 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Let's admit it – food will never go out of fashion!Food defines our health goals and well-being, characterises celebration and culture and, simply, brings us together. But how often do you think about the journey of your sushi before it reaches your plate?Everything comes from somewhere.There are risks and benefits associated with every decision we make. We usually base choices on what's...

Pandas slow the flow for #WatershedWednesday

29 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF South Africa is driving a day of drastic water disruption known as #WatershedWednesday on 29 November. This day is to call on everyone in shared spaces and corporate offices to experience a simulation of life with limited water.Leading the charge in the workplace, WWF embarked on a “dry run” on Wednesday, 15 November and is doing it again on 29 November in solidarity with corporate South...

Drought is a “watershed moment” for business

29 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town (29 November 2017). The severe drought in the Western Cape is expected to be a taste of things to come. Businesses and individuals should prepare themselves for the “new normal”, with long-term climate predictions indicating that this region will become increasingly drier in the coming years.This was the message from Christine Colvin, Senior Manager of WWF South Africa's Freshwater...

Water Hyacinth Crisis on Hartebeespoort Harties Dam

22 November 2017 at 15:23 PM, via

The post Water Hyacinth Crisis on Hartebeespoort Harties Dam appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Water hyacinth is the most invasive and rapidly proliferating aquatic weed in the world. It is currently covering more than 30% of the surface of the Hartbeespoort (Harties) Dam in South Africa’s North West Province. The Department of Water and Sanitation have for the last…

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It's time for more toilet talk (or cubicle conversations) in the workplace

21 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

With the reality of the drought in the Western Cape digging ever deeper, Klaudia Schachtschneider contemplates how to apply the “let it mellow” rule in public spaces.Having been raised in Namibia, I always fancied myself as a bit of a hard-core conservationist. I was sure I knew all about camping, minimal water use and roughing it.So when the Cape Town water restrictions slowly notched from...

Could offshore wind power be about to take off in Africa?

15 November 2017 at 15:19 PM, via

The post Could offshore wind power be about to take off in Africa? appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Despite a real boom in the development of global offshore wind power in recent years, several of the world’s leading economies are proving sluggish when it comes to catching up with the early pace-setters. Admittedly, both China and America have invested heavily in land-based...

Plastic bags ban won’t fix Africa’s serious waste problem

15 November 2017 at 14:59 PM, via

The post Plastic bags ban won’t fix Africa’s serious waste problem appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Africa, it’s fair to say, has long struggled with serious garbage issues. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) found in 2011 that its citizens generated around 108 million tonnes of waste between them, 90% of which went directly to landfill or open dumps.

Join #WatershedWednesday to save water in the office

13 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Amid ever-tightening water restrictions across the Western Cape, water awareness in domestic homes is higher than it's ever been but the truth is that many of us continue to waste water out of home. This has to change. Water consumption in Cape Town is too high. The aim is for less than 500 million litres per day. The current use is around 585 million litres per day – which is still 85 million...

Explore champion wine farms with WWF's new app

06 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Our Conservation Champion wine farmers, a group of committed landowners, are lauded for their commitment to sustainable land and water use practices in providing green wine.The Champion Wine Farm Guide is a GPS-enabled digital collection of our 38 champion wine farms offering information on a variety of activities as well as a glance into their conservation journeys. It also provides special...

Test your knowledge with our black rhino quiz

02 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

This week you've had a front row seat to WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project's 11th #rhinorelease. Take our quiz to test how much you know about this iconic species!

YFM supporters inspired to ride share in the #WWFcarpooljam

31 October 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

In collaboration with YFM, we challenged the Gauteng youth radio station's supporters to enter the #WWFcarpooljam competition.The competition, which kicked off on 15 October, in the middle of Transport Month, was designed to inspire motorists to think differently about how they get from A to B and consider more environmentally friendly modes of transport.Entering the competition was easy: tweet...

Meet the WWF-SASSI Trailblazers of 2017

24 October 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Seven South African chefs have been named Trailblazers in the 2017 WWF-SASSI Trailblazer Awards held at Harbour House in the V&A Waterfront on Monday 23 October 2017.They are:

Philip Alcock (SeaBreeze Fish & Shell, Cape Town)Robert Giljam (Societi Bistro, Cape Town)Julie Carter (Ocean Jewels, Cape Town)Giles Edwards (La Tete, Cape Town)Massimo Orione (Massimo's, Cape Town)John McArdle (The Big...

New landmark for black rhino project

19 October 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town, South Africa (20 October 2017). WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) has successfully moved its 11th population of this critically endangered species to a new location where it is hoped the animals will breed quickly and bolster their numbers.In this most recent move, 14 rhinos captured in parks in KwaZulu-Natal were released onto a new reserve at an undisclosed location...

Picture blog: Coming full circle – From capture to release

19 October 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Being charged by two frustrated black rhinos while WWF CEO Dr Morné du Plessis yells at me to hold on, a drowsy rhino dragging a dozen grown men through the bush before finally being calmed, another two embroiled in a kerfuffle before chasing off a white rhino (twice its size!) that happened upon the site – the first few hours of my day.In contrast to their capture, today is a blazer with...

Blog: From the frontline of black rhino conservation

18 October 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Melissa du PreezAs I write this, I'm overlooking the hilly landscape of one of WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) sites in KwaZulu-Natal on a Sunday afternoon. A blistering cold front has swept the province and my colleagues and I have been waiting four hours for the heads-up that rangers have found the final of three black rhinos to be captured and relocated in the hope that...

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