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South Africa

South African communities vs Shell: high court victories show that cultural beliefs and practices count in climate cases

Oyster gatherers on a Wild Coast beach at low tide. The sea is integral to these communities’ lives and culture. PaulGregg     By Louise Du Toit, University of Southampton; Brewsters Caiphas Soyapi, North-West University, and Louis Kotzé, North-West University     When the Shell petroleum company announced in 2021 that it wanted to explore for fossil fuels off South Africa’s pristine Wild Coast, Indigenous communities in the area immediately fought […]

todayMay 20, 2024 9


Great white sharks off South Africa’s coast are protected by law, but not in practice. Why this needs to change

    By Enrico Gennari, Rhodes University; Neil Hammerschlag, University of Oregon, and Sara Andreotti, Stellenbosch University     In less than eight years, white sharks in South Africa have all but disappeared from their historical hotspots in False Bay and Gansbaai, on the Western Cape coast. These areas were once known as the “white shark capital of the world” and were home to a flourishing ecotourism industry. One possible […]

todayMay 6, 2024 24


Report links H&M and Zara to major environmental damage in biodiverse Cerrado

A report by U.K. investigative NGO Earthsight links supply chains of fashion giants H&M and Zara to large-scale illegal deforestation, land-grabbing, violence and corruption in Brazil. The country’s Cerrado region, home to a third of Brazil’s species, has already lost half of its vegetation to large-scale agriculture and is under increasing pressure from a booming cotton industry. The two major producers linked to illicit activities, SLC Agrícola and Grupo Horita, […]

todayApril 23, 2024 8

Business / Economics

Capricorn Corner earns ‘Green Building Certification’

The Capricorn Corner building, Capricorn Group's state-of-the-art office facilities in Klein Windhoek, earned EDGE Advanced green building certification, the green building certification from the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. The certification, presented by EDGE certification partner - Green Business Building Certification Inc. marks the first internationally recognised operational building to be EDGE-certified in Namibia. This achievement also preludes this year's World Earth Day, […]

todayApril 22, 2024 26


South Africa’s conservation model: why expanding the use of biodiversity to generate money is a good idea

    By Hayley Clements, Stellenbosch University; Alta De Vos, Stellenbosch University, and Matthew Child, University of Pretoria   South Africa’s government is calling for public comments on an updated version of its existing biodiversity economy plan. The National Biodiversity Economy Strategy aims to conserve biodiversity while also contributing to job creation and economic growth. It proposes to do this by promoting sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. The strategy […]

todayApril 8, 2024 10


O&L leisure commences upgrades and renovations at Midgard

    Namibia is experiencing a transformative shift towards becoming a premier destination, and O&L Leisure is at the forefront of this evolution. With a steadfast commitment to authenticity, care, and passion, O&L Leisure proudly announces the commencement of upgrades and renovations to 25 rooms at Midgard, a cherished retreat nestled in the heart of Namibia's captivating landscapes. As Namibia transitions into a premium destination, O&L Leisure is aligning its […]

todayMarch 27, 2024 6

Business / Economics

Costly mistakes to avoid as a Namibian farmer

    By Hanks Saisai, Technical Advisor: Crops & Poultry, Agribank   Many livelihoods in Namibia rely directly or indirectly on agriculture and the products that reward the hardworking men and women who farm as a way of life. It is important to note that the journey of a farmer requires hard work, determination, dedication, and a sense of innovation. One must always be aware of common mistakes that are […]

todayMarch 26, 2024 23


Critics fear catastrophic energy crisis as AI is outsourced to Latin America

    By Gerry McGovern, Sue Branford    “We walk for the water we need. If we don’t walk, who will give it to us?” asks Juan, a middle-aged man born in the Indigenous rural community of Maconí, Mexico. “It’s a four-hour journey each day to fetch water … Since last year, there hasn’t been rain, and this year it’s the same.” The bean crop has withered and there’s no corn […]

todayMarch 22, 2024 20


Cocoa beans are in short supply: what this means for farmers, businesses and chocolate lovers

    By Michael E Odijie, UCL   A shortage of cocoa beans has led to a near shutdown of processing plants in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the two countries responsible for 60% of global production. With chocolate makers around the world reliant on west Africa for cocoa, there is significant concern about the impact on the prices of chocolate and the livelihood of farmers. Cocoa researcher Michael Odijie explains […]

todayMarch 20, 2024 7