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Big Issue Breakfast with Vusi Pikoli

Vusi Pikoli, head of the Western Cape’s Police Ombudsman’s office, former head of the NPA and author of My Second Initiation will be joining us at Table Bay Hotel

May 15, 2016

Will SA legalise rhino horn trade?

Andreas Wilson-Späth for News24

This week, investigative journalist and author Julian Rademeyer revealed that the decision to submit a rhino horn trade proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) had been “hidden away” in the National Treasury budget for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

March 24, 2016

The obscenity of a plastic ocean

By Rebekah Funk

Without drastic action there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, allege environmental activists who are trying to raise funds for “SeaVax” – a clever solar-powered ship that hopes to rid the seas of up to 22-million kilograms of plastic per year. A January 2016 report published by the Swiss non-profit, […]

March 15, 2016

Struggling Eastern Cape school told to take in more pupils

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik for groundUp

Bubele High School near Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape, built by parents in 1994, was already battling last year. Then the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) closed another school in the area, leaving Bubele to accommodate additional students. Teachers say toilets are leaking, ceilings and door latches are broken, and the only water available […]

March 15, 2016

Stalking a virus among the shadows

By Laura Lopez Gonzalez

More than three million South Africans are on antiretrovirals (ARVs) today but even the world’s largest HIV treatment programme has been unable to reach those who live in society’s forgotten corners where HIV thrives among darkness and death. Now, a rare mix of political will and science may be able to drive the virus out […]

March 15, 2016

Markets of Death, Part Two: Blood Permits – how cheating officials undermine wildlife regulations

By Don Pinnock

Poachers aren’t the only problem when it comes to wildlife trafficking. Also complicit are the very institutions and rules designed to protect animals, and the people that are meant to enforce them In 1973 the United Nations drafted an agreement – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) […]

March 14, 2016
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SA Eco Film Festival

They’re films with a conscience – South Africa’s third-ever SA Eco Film Festival will be hosted in Cape Town from 31 March to 3 April at the Labia Theatre. Showcasing award-winning films by South African and international talent, the festival aims to highlight a host of environmental and social issues.

March 7, 2016

Hospitals, specialists ‘overgrazing’ medical aid members

Laura Lopez Gonzalez for Healt-E News

Private hospital and specialists’ fees need to be regulated to contain costs for medical scheme members, according to the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). These fees take the “lion’s share” of members’ contributions, BHF Executive Director Dr Humphrey Zokufa told the Competition Commission’s market inquiry into private healthcare yesterday. “We are overgrazing the 8.8 million lives […]

March 5, 2016

Schools suffer while Eastern Cape fails to spend education budget

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik for GroundUp

Dalagubha Junior Secondary School near Libode has no piped water and the ceilings are broken. The high school nearby has broken windows, no ceilings in classrooms, and for part of the year classes are held under trees. Yet the Eastern Cape Department of Education is not spending its infrastructure budget.

March 5, 2016

Earth Hour: take action against climate change

Earth Hour, when people across the world are asked to turn off their lights for an hour, falls on March 19 this year between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. A truly global movement that has inspired millions of people in over 170 countries, it started in Australia in 2007. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which organises Earth […]

March 2, 2016

“Haybo Wena” song kicks off TB Awareness Month

With TB Awareness Month kicking off on Tuesday March 1 next week, the Haybo Wena! (Hey You!) Use Your Elbow, song aims to help prevent the spread of TB germs. The catchy chorus message is “to use your elbow when you cough”.

February 26, 2016