Reports

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In a time of hunger, SA is losing its real gold

Traditional food crops that have adapted to climate change and poor soils hold the key to food security, but is enough being done to conserve them? Michelle Nel joined agriculturalist...

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How to make wine without water

South Africa is one of the world's leading wine producers, 95% of it in the Western Cape. Yolandi Groenewald investigates the delicate tightrope wine farmers have to negotiate in adapting...

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Seabed prospecting undermines blue economy

Ambitious government plans to grow the oceans economy are threatened by prospecting licences that would open the marine economic zone to phosphate strip mining. Mark Olalde investigates...

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‘The great emptiness is upon us’

Fifteen months after Zimbabwe's two infamous lion killings earned the Lower Dete Valley its reputation as the graveyard of Hwange National Park’s big cats, Oscar Nkala visited the area to...

Mabola is one of five important water sources in Mpumalanga that were declared protected environments. Photos: Mark Olalde
Green light for coal mine in strategic water zone

A controversial underground coal mine in a protected water catchment in Mpumalanga has moved closer to breaking ground after it was granted environmental authorisation and a water use licence. Mark...

While it is legal for white rhinos to be hunted in South Africa under strict permit conditions, the hunt on the eve of CITES deliberations and its links to an ethically challenged outfit angered wildlife groups at the talks. Photo: Jacques Marais
Business as usual for rhinos

The hunting of a rhino by a Vietnamese client with the ‘Musina Mafia’ set the tone for the treatment of the endangered species at CITES CoP17, writes Yolandi Groenewald...

Ivory trinkets on sale at the Okahandja craft market. Namibia refused to take part in the recent Great Elephant Census of African populations. Photo: Shi Yi
Namibia diaries: the good, the bad, the ugly

Depending on your views about legal trade in wildlife products, the past week was either a good week or a very good week for Namibian conservation, writes John Grobler...

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Ivory’s double-edged sword at CITES

What do the CITES decisions mean for Southern Africa's elephants – and in particular, the world-famous Kruger National Park, where CITES has documented a 23% rise in elephant poaching? Yolandi...

Pangolins have become lucrative commodities and are now the most trafficked mammal on earth
South Africa’s scaly trade in pangolins

An undercover investigation exposes South Africa’s growing role in illicit transnational pangolin smuggling. Will the ban on trade by CITES make any difference? Special report by Hazel Friedman & Alexis...