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Blog: How to feed our nation

16 October 2017 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...

Open Streets, open minds this Transport Month

13 October 2017 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 2017 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...

Planting seeds for a water-secure future

04 October 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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...

Feeding hope among land reform communities

11 September 2017 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 2017 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...

The rarest spring show on earth

01 September 2017 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 2017 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...

Women claiming a voice in agriculture

10 August 2017 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...

Renewable energy working for women

08 August 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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...

Meet Kogelberg's wing man for small-scale fishers

07 August 2017 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...

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