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25 Jul
TO 26 Aug

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South Africa’s shame

Cheslin Kolbe

Helgo Schomer

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Electric Cars: Will SA switch on?

The Tesla Model 3 is set to hit South Africa next year – but are our roads and drivers ready? And in a global market where at least one car company boss doesn’t want you to buy his electric vehicle, is there really a future for electric cars? Mark van Dijk finds out.

July 27, 2016

Poaching upsurge pushes pangolin extinction

Despite the arrests and long-term sentences passed on several Zimbabwean pangolin capturers, dealers and traffickers over the past year, conservationists believe the increased seizure of live pangolins, pangolin scales, skins and other products indicate an upsurge in poaching of the world’s most widely trafficked animal. According to quarterly crime incidence statistics for the period January to April 2016 released […]

July 20, 2016

Free Wi-Fi on city busses

By Rebekah Funk

Free Wi-Fi has become a factor when it comes to deciding on a restaurant or café – but now the City of Cape Town hopes it will help commuters decide to leave their cars at home and take a MyCiTi bus instead. Ten buses have been outfitted with free wireless Internet infrastructure by Vast Networks […]

July 18, 2016

Big Issue video wins an award!

A video made by The Big Issue and Gravity, a local behavioural change agency, has won an international award. Centered around the idea of creating a “smart bib” for vendors, it aimed at combatting the low spirits vendors experience when they struggle for attention from motorists. These vendors, or micro-entrepreneurs, are doing all they can […]

July 13, 2016

The Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup has begun! Since 2001, the Homeless World Cup and its partners have spread their wings to create a global organization that is comprised of 70 countries, and counting. This distinctive social program’s co-founder and president has said, “My message to people always is: Do small things. If we all do something […]

July 11, 2016

Mandela Day

“It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.” On July 18th we celebrate the birth of Nelson Mandela. Mandela Day is a day to celebrate and honour the incredible strides of Mandela, and a great way to do so is to give 67 minutes of your time to […]

July 11, 2016
Sisonke Msimang, board member of the International Women's Health Coalition and the Graça Machel Trust

Literary award shines light on gender issues

By Rebekah Funk

‘There is no question that misogyny and the hatred of ‘queer’ people are some of our biggest problems’ A new African literary award and anthology celebrates the work of photographers and writers addressing gender issues, human rights and sexuality. Writer and activist Sisonke Msimang, (pictured above), on the boards of the International Women’s Health Coalition and the […]

July 7, 2016

Q&A: So you know you can dance

By Leroy Glam

There are movements, and then there are movements. Most of us don’t stretch ourselves beyond walking, or maybe running, down the street. But for South African dancer Johannes Radebe and his fellow performers in the breathtaking ballroom show, Burn the Floor: Fire in the Ballroom, putting one foot in front of the other could never […]

June 3, 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