South Africa Tag

How SA’s abalone ends up on China’s plates

Crystal Chow investigates how the race over the most sought-after delicacy in Asia embodies the developmental dilemma in post-apartheid South Africa [caption id="attachment_4366" align="aligncentre" width="1024"] A Hangberg fisherman surrounded by ...

Can land reform feed South Africa?

President Jacob Zuma is talking tough about radical land redistribution and the expropriation of farms. If reform is not well targeted it may threaten food security and benefit only the...

Coal mines leave a legacy of ruin

Oxpeckers publishes never-before-seen data exposing the lack of mine closures, despite R45-billion being held in financial provisions for rehabilitation in 2015. Investigation by Mark Olalde [caption id="attachment_4013" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] An artisanal...

Northern Cape gears up to tackle malaria

The Northern Cape is mostly a dry province, but preventing malaria is one of the measures it is taking to adapt to climate change, reports Rehana Dada [caption id="attachment_4036" align="aligncenter" width="500"]...

Mozambique’s poaching castles are crumbling

Estacio Valoi travelled to Mozambique’s poaching capital to catch up with some of the kingpins who built their mansions on the proceeds of killing Kruger’s rhinos [caption id="attachment_3980" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Nympine’s...

Mine closures: What’s happening in your back yard?

After an 18-month search, Mark Olalde accessed data on mine closure trust funds, financial provisions for rehabilitation and closure certificates. He makes this crucial information public for the first time [caption...

Indigenous breeds adapt best

  [caption id="attachment_3875" align="alignright" width="300"] Nguni cattle are one of the few breeds that can survive the harsh environments prevalent in communal areas, conditions that will only be exacerbated by climate...

‘Climate smart’ farming produces results

[caption id="attachment_3884" align="alignright" width="300"] A Swayimane small scale farmer with Umgeni Resilience Project officers[/caption] Small-scale farmers observe crop yield increases in a time of drought due to adaptation interventions Local farmers in the...

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...