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‘Cape of Storms’ – climate researchers explain Cape Town’s recent extreme weather

      By Sabina Abba Omar, University of Cape Town and Stefaan Conradie, University of Cape Town     A severe storm hit South Africa’s Western Cape province between 6 and 9 April 2024, with extreme winds gusting at up to 135km/h. The storm left a trail of destruction across Cape Town and surrounding areas – at least 1,500 people were left homeless after the high winds fanned fires […]

todayJune 3, 2024 11


Malawi faces a food crisis: why plans to avert hunger aren’t realistic and what can be done

        By Joachim De Weerdt, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Jan Duchoslav, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)     Malawi is heading towards a severe food crisis later this year. Drought brought on by the El Niño weather pattern has affected the harvest of maize, the staple food grown by nine out of 10 farming households in the country. The government declared a state […]

todayJune 3, 2024 8


Agra and Agra Staff Initiative Fund (ASIF) Heartfelt Contribution to the Droogte Hulp Namibia Fund

          In the heart of our beloved country, we all feel the weight of the drought that grips our land. Every conversation seems to circle back to the desperate need for rain. Each day, we hear the stories of our treasured clients—our farmers—caught in the grip of this relentless natural disaster. They face an unyielding reality: animals perishing, school fees unpaid, and the constant struggle to […]

todayMay 28, 2024 7


Horn of Africa droughts: how a network of groundwater bores could help – study

        By Bradley Hiller, University of Cambridge     The Horn of Africa recently suffered its worst drought in almost half a century, and its sixth failed rainfall season in a row. Fifty million people were directly affected and 100 million more were indirectly affected. About 20 million people risked acute food insecurity and potential famine, 4.4 million required humanitarian aid, and refugees fleeing drought and floods […]

todayMay 27, 2024 11


Sweet sorghum is a hardy, nutritious, biofuel crop that offers solutions in drought-hit southern Africa

Sweet sorghum ripening in Rwanda. Ari Beser/Getty Images       By Hamond Motsi, Stellenbosch University     The southern African region is battling with drought at present. This is the result of El Niño, a natural climate cycle characterised by changes in Pacific Ocean temperatures. It has effects on global weather patterns, particularly rainfall and temperature. The drought has hit the region’s agricultural productivity hard. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have […]

todayMay 23, 2024 8


History for sale: what does South Africa’s struggle heritage mean after 30 years of democracy?

      By Duane Jethro, University of Cape Town   One of my favourite statues is the one of Nelson Mandela at the Sandton City shopping centre in Johannesburg. Larger than life, its oversized bronze shoes shimmer in the evening light, polished by the hands of many passersby who crowd around to take pictures with it. At the entrance of a square in the mall, it’s a jovial image […]

todayApril 24, 2024 7


Africa’s megacities threatened by heat, floods and disease – urgent action is needed to start greening and adapt to climate change

    By Meelan Thondoo, University of Cambridge   Cities cover just 3% of the planet. But they emit 78% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, absorb 80% of final global energy (what consumers use) and consume 60% of clean drinking water. African megacities like Lagos, Nigeria (with 21 million residents) and Cairo, Egypt (with 10 million residents) are experiencing significant temperature increases due to the urban heat island effect […]

todayApril 24, 2024 7


Insurance payouts expected for some Southern African drought hit countries

A drought driven by the El Nino weather pattern is likely to trigger insurance payouts to four southern African countries that took out cover with an agency of the African Union. Bloomberg reports that Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique will receive payments at the end of the harvesting season, according to current projections, African Risk Capacity said in a statement but the payments are unlikely to meet regional needs.

todayApril 22, 2024 12


Consultative meeting on public finance’s draft Bill underway at Otjiwarongo

    A one-day consultative meeting on the Public Finance Management’s Draft Bill, which is aimed at repealing the Finance State Act of 1991, officially commenced Thursday morning at Otjiwarongo. The meeting is being attended by chief executive officers from the local authority councils of Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions, as well as the directors in finance division and departments at the two regional councils. Some traditional authority leaders from the […]

todayApril 18, 2024 18