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Emira's Centurion rainwater harvesting pilot programme generating notable results

According to the Emira Property Fund, its rainwater harvesting at One Highveld, a retail warehouse property just off the N1 highway and John Vorster Drive in Centurion, is delivering a 73% reduction/saving in municipal water use

6 hours ago

Philanthropists join forces to fund Africa's cash-strapped health sector

Billionaires Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote come together to fund healthcare projects

By Pavithra Rao 8 hours ago

Fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific: Immense opportunities, critical challenges

Roughly $140bn worth of fish is traded globally per annum, with millions of people relying on jobs in fishing and fish-farming, not to mention the seafood industry

By Viwanou Gnassounou 5 hours ago

#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

We chat to the founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp, one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

2017-2019 Next Einstein Forum fellows announced

Sixteen scientists solving Africa's and the world's challenges have been announced as part of the Next Einstein Forum's (NEF) second fellows class

1 day ago

ECA calls for urgent action in tackling climate change

There's a greater urgency for climate action in light of the severity, frequency and rate of climate-related disruptions across the world, says ECA executive secretary

1 day ago

Why the path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans is within reach

There is huge diversity within and across the 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenges these countries face in achieving health outcomes that are at par with low and middle income countries in other regions of the world are numerous and diverse

By Alex Ezeh, Nelson Sewankambo and Peter Piot 1 day ago

Apple's grand plan in Ireland held up by a forest

US tech giant Apple's plan to build a new €850m ($1.0bn) data centre in Ireland is being held up by conservationists seeking to preserve the forest where it is to be built

1 day ago

Developers need to think out of the box and see themselves as ‘city builders' - Erky Wood

Erky Wood presented the third Roelof S. Uytenbogaardt UDISA Memorial Lecture at the Wits Planetarium on 12 September

15 Sep 2017

Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife

15 Sep 2017

Is it ethical to take a luxury holiday in a ‘developing' country?

Tourism is notoriously problematic for some developing destinations as it diverts often scarce water and energy resources from the host community

By Paul Hanna 15 Sep 2017

Partnering for progress

Over the past few months we have spent many hours with top social development investors and not-for-profit organisations

By Keri-Leigh Paschal and Hlengiwe Zulu 15 Sep 2017

How does a prime tourist attraction comply with water restrictions?

Hotels and accommodation facilities have already put water saving measures in place, but it's still a challenge for popular tourist attractions like Cape Point

15 Sep 2017

China's 'sponge cities' aim to re-use 70% of rainwater - here's how

Asian cities are struggling to accommodate rapid urban migration, and development is encroaching on flood-prone areas

By Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley 15 Sep 2017

Intec staff filling the food gap in the community

Intec College staff dedicated their time to serve food to the homeless through their food drive initiative titled ‘Fill the Gap' at the Milnerton Lighthouse and the Grand Parade in Cape Town City respectively

By Nana Zuke, Issued by INTEC College 15 Sep 2017

Heidi van Eeden wins at Regional LafargeHolcim Awards

South African architect Heidi van Eeden was announced the winner in the Next Generation category of the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards held recently in Nairobi, Kenya

14 Sep 2017

FEDHASA calls on members to become innovative in saving water

With level five water restrictions officially in effect in the city of Cape Town, the Federal Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) Cape region has joined calls to become innovative when considering water usage cutbacks

14 Sep 2017

Jaguar Land Rover launches surfboard from upcycled plastic foam

As part of its Waste to Wave project, Jaguar Land Rover has created a surfboard using recycled plastic derived from early clay design models

14 Sep 2017

Damelin raises awareness on literacy

As part of a community engagement programme, Damelin Menlyn donated books to a non-profit organisation, Care Net-Development in Boekenhout

By Nana Zuke, Issued by Damelin 14 Sep 2017

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International

#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate

After a successful programme in 2016, #cocreate2Accelerate returns in 2017 for another round of building relationships between high-potential young companies from the Netherlands and South Africa. This year, #cocreate2Accelerate will include a long programme based on a rigorous process aimed at matching companies from both countries within specific vertical sectors to actively collaborate in the solving of identified challenges. The short programme will accompany this process and is aimed at introducing Dutch companies to the Cape Town startup ecosystem.

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says US research

NEW YORK, US - Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to US research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming. Some 133 billion tonnes of carbon have been removed from the top two metres of the earth's soil over the last two centuries by agriculture at a rate that is increasing, said the study in PNAS, a journal published by the National Academy of Sciences.

By Ellen Wulfhorst 25 Aug 2017

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