Highlights

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...

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...

‘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...

Oxpeckers wins CNN Multichoice African Journalist Award

'Swashbuckling tale' of poaching links from Namibia to China won Oxpeckers a prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Award. The competition is the most respected award for journalists...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...