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#FairnessFirst: #CannesLions2019 roars for gender equality

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is officially underway, with awards being announced nightly from 17 to 21 June 2019. But keep your eyes peeled until the end, as The Glass Lion for Change, announced in the final ceremony of the week, is one of the most hotly contested awards - here's why we're hoping to see Caster Semenya and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka shine...

By Leigh Andrews 13 hours ago

New social commerce app launched focusing on saving the oceans

The JET8 Foundation, in partnership with the Lewis Pugh Foundation, has launched a social commerce mobile application, called OceansCam, that focuses on saving the oceans...

3 days ago

Seychelles floating solar energy project moves into next phase

Africa's first utility-scale, private-sector funded floating solar project is continuing in the Seychelles on to its next implementation phase...

13 Jun 2019

Circular economy: Driving sustainable economic development

The UN has estimated that the global population will near 11.3 billion by 2060, with Africa expected to experience just as much exponential growth (2.5 billion by 2050), which will represent about 26% of the world's total population.

By Kate Stubbs 13 Jun 2019

SU to represent Africa in Global Alliance of Universities on Climate

Based on its research performance and capacity, Stellenbosch University (SU) has recently been invited to represent Africa in the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) which held its inaugural executive meeting in Beijing, China, late last month...

13 Jun 2019

Botswana High Court landmark ruling a major win for LGBT rights in Africa

On 11 June 2019, the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of the case of LM vs the Attorney General of Botswana that challenged the constitutionality of the Botswana Penal Code, which criminalised same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults...

12 Jun 2019

Cut the greenwash. Get the facts straight about paper and recycling

"If everyone said no to a receipt just for one month, we would save 45 trees." This is a classic example of greenwashing: making unsubstantiated or misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice...

By Samantha Choles 10 Jun 2019

Some softer solutions to Nairobi's traffic pollution problem

Rapid urbanisation in Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, has meant there's been huge growth in the number of vehicles on roads. Today, Nairobi is one of the world's most congested cities...

By Fiona Rajé 10 Jun 2019

Radisson Blu forms three-way partnership to enhance sustainable forest management in Zambia

In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June 2019, Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka held an event to announce a new partnership between Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka, SOS Children's Village and Plant a Million Zambia...

7 Jun 2019

Solar power makes strides in innovation

The transformation of the world's energy markets continues to gain momentum. Renewable energy projects, which have seen a rapid decline in cost over the last decade, are increasingly powering the world's large economies...

6 Jun 2019

#WorldEnvironmentDay: Emirates upcycles SA billboards into school bags

To mark World Environment Day, Emirates gave its old advertising billboards in South Africa a new lease on life, transforming the PVC Flex material into hundreds of reusable bags...

4 Jun 2019

#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

How technology could help rural South Africa turn sunshine into income

The way energy is produced and distributed is changing rapidly as the industry moves away from carbon-based energy production...

By Thomas Wolfgang Thurner 3 Jun 2019

The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change

This National Child Protection Week (CPW), Google South Africa and Media Monitoring Africa hosted a roundtable putting a spotlight on the importance of online safety for children...

By Jessica Tennant 31 May 2019

Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor

Climate change needs urgent action by all countries, and by all means...

By Harald Winkler and Andrew Marquard 31 May 2019

High-level panel at UN-Habitat Assembly focuses on creating innovative, inclusive cities

A high-level panel featuring President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Prime Minister Josai Vorege Bainimarama of Fiji, and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed of Yemen recently shared ideas on innovation in cities in front of a packed audience at the first UN-Habitat Assembly...

31 May 2019

Researchers call for flow of water research, education towards developing world

According to newly released research from the United Nations University, post-secondary education and research aimed at tackling the global water crisis is concentrated in wealthy countries rather than the poorer, developing places where it is most needed...

31 May 2019

Solar power could stabilise Nigeria's electricity grid and save it money

Lengthy power cuts are pretty much a daily experience in Nigeria. The country's epileptic power supply has been identified by businesses as the second biggest obstacle to doing business in the country, after a lack of access to finance...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olowosejeje 31 May 2019

World Environment Day: Table Mountain Cableway targets 80% recycling by 2021

Ahead of World Environment Day on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, Table Mountain Cableway has announced its goal to increase waste recycling from the current level of 55% to 80% by 2021...

30 May 2019

Sharp rise in electric car sales important in slowing pace of global warming

According to Andrew Howard, head of sustainable research at Schroders, a sharp rise in electric car sales and an increase in public concern towards climate change have helped in further slowing the pace of global warming...

30 May 2019

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