by Rachel Fritt, Mongabay.com Satellite data indicate the rubber plantation, operated by China-owned Sud Cameroun Hévéa (Sudcam), is now less than one kilometer away from intact primary forest habitat. Development is ongoing amidst concerns about threats to endangered species within and outside the park, as well as alleged violations...
Sheryl L Hendriks, University of Pretoria Africa has made great progress in the fight against malnutrition. Between 2000 and 2016 Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Togo, Cameroon and Angola reduced undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality by up to 56%. As a result of these countries’ efforts, the proportion of...
By Barbara Maregele The SAHRC will ask president Cyril Ramaphosa about a promise he made on farm evictions, commissioner Chris Nissen told a meeting in Wellington last month. Photo: Barbara Maregele The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to ask President Cyril Ramaphosa to keep a promise made in 2014 to...
The Berg River Dam on 7 March 2018 about 48% full. Author supplied Kevin Winter, University of Cape Town Postponing Day Zero in Cape Town for 2018 comes as no surprise. There was no sense to it once the day had been pushed into the winter rainfall period. It also didn’t make...
By Joseph Chirume Residents of Colchester queue while Danny Opsahl of the Colchester Recycling Swop Shop hands out packages. Photo: Joseph Chirume In Colchester, primary school learners are recycling plastic bottles and tins in exchange for school stationery, clothing and food. Thamara Gqogqani, a grade seven learner, said she is always on...
Gerhard Toews, University of Oxford and Pierre-Louis Vézina, King's College London Natural resources are often thought of as a curse in developing countries, slowing economic growth rather than driving it. But new results from our research show that discoveries themselves – before extraction happens – have their own economic consequences. Our...
Abdhalah Ziraba, African Population and Health Research Center Flooding has affected households across Nairobi – even in the city’s high-end diplomatic enclaves. Its effects range. In addition to the deaths and serious injuries, vexing traffic jams have been intensified due to swamped roadways and stalled cars and schools have also...
By Zak Derler, Climate Home News The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has formally recognised climate change as a destabilising factor in Somalia. In a resolution adopted on Tuesday as part of a renewed mandate for assistance and peacekeeping in the country, the council noted “the adverse effects of climate change, ecological changes and natural disasters among other...
Former South African President Jacob Zuma at the 5th anniversary celebrations of the country’s National Development Plan. GCIS Willem Fourie, University of Pretoria Creating coherent national policies is a challenge for most countries. And now the adoption of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs) has presented governments with...
By Zoë Postman Hanif Vally from the Foundation for Human Rights making an oral submission at the South African Human Rights Commission inquiry into rural land use and ownership patterns on Wednesday. Photo: Zoë Postman Most farm evictions are illegal yet no one has ever been convicted of an illegal eviction...

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