South Africa: Capetonians Still Saving Water Out of Fear of Another Day Zero

Capetonians are using about 40 million litres less water a day than they are allowed to, even though the water crisis ended nearly five months ago. Experts say this could indicate a sea change in consumers’ understanding of the value of water. It could also be that the fear of Day Zero, when taps were predicted to run dry last April, is still fresh in people’s minds. Christine Colvin, senior manager of WWF’s freshwater programme, said WWF had done a small survey among office staff and had found that most…

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Rwanda: Construction of Ellen Degeneres Campus Begins Next Week

Photo: Ellen DeGeneres Portia surprised her wife Ellen with the Gift of a Lifetime: The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund that will support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s permanent home in Rwanda. By Julius Bizimungu The ground-breaking ceremony of the long awaited Ellen DeGeneres’ Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund begins next week, and officials say the campus could create more than 1,500 jobs during the construction process. “We estimate that 1,500 jobs will be created (with 40 per cent of the workforce being female) and $2 million spent on…

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Africa: Poorer African Nations Rank High in Disease-Fighters’ League Table

press release Addis Ababa — African countries with modest national incomes are outperforming some richer nations on the continent in the fight against diseases of poverty known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), according to a new league table ranking. NTDs such as blinding trachoma, the leading cause of infectious blindness, or intestinal worms that can stunt growth in children, are endemic in poor communities without access to clean water and with inadequate sewerage systems. The diseases affect 1.6 billion people worldwide – that’s one in five on the planet –…

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Namibia: Feral Horses On The Brink of Extinction

Photo: Contributed The feral horses of the southern Namib are in danger of extinction. By Paulina Ndalikokule The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has come to the rescue of feral horses of the Namib-Naukluft Park which are on the verge of extinction because of predation by hyenas. The ministry’s chief public relations officer, Romeo Muyunda, yesterday told The Namibian that they have prioritised the safety of these horses since they became aware of their predicament through the Namibia Wild Horses Foundation. “We have committed ourselves to capturing and removing the…

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Africa: It’s Time for Data to Serve a Higher Social Purpose

opinionBy Rajiv Shah | Rockefeller Foundation Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Will the enormous amount of data generated by nearly every human on the planet be used only to generate wealth, or for social good? In 2011, data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher, infamously lamented, “the best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” It turns out, ads were just the beginning. More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every…

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South Africa: Cape Wine Production Set to Be Low After 3-Year Drought

The Cape’s three-year drought has taken its toll on the wine industry and early indications are that this year’s harvest will be even lower than the poor 2018 harvest. Anton Smuts, chairperson of Vinpro, a non-profit company representing around 2500 wine producers, said on Wednesday: “It’s been a bit of a shock. It is the roll-over effect of the drought. The Worcester area thought they would have a good crop until they started to harvest, and they were down radically. Also Robertson and the Olifants area.” Smuts said the 2019…

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Zimbabwe: Stray Lion Terrorises Villagers

By Michael Magoronga Silobela villagers are living in fear of a stray lion that is reportedly attacking and killing their livestock. Chief Ruya confirmed that there is a lion, suspected to have strayed from the nearby Chirisa Game Park, which is wreaking havoc in Gobo area and has so far devoured two beasts. “The lion was first spotted by a man who was fishing at Arda Fair Acres Dam on Friday while it was drinking water on the opposite side,” he said. “He ran and alerted neighbours, but people were…

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South Africa: Is Country On the Cusp of a Major Shift in Energy Policy?

Photo: PDC The Medupi Power Station being built in Limpopo province (file photo). analysis By Hartmut Winkler, University of Johannesburg South Africans go to the polls this year. And for the first time the country’s energy future is becoming a significant subject of contestation. This is because the public is now much more aware of the ongoing crisis at the national electricity utility Eskom and the economic impact this threatens to have on the country. In addition, it’s becoming clearer that the present South African electricity supply system is no…

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Africa: New Research Proves the Long-Held Theory That Lasers Can Create Fractals

analysisBy Andrew Forbes, University of the Witwatersrand We all appreciate the beauty of Nature, whether it be cloud patterns, mountain ranges or coastlines. These structures have complex shapes that at first appearance are hard to quantify: how could we describe them in a “scientific manner”? Some decades ago the idea arose that very complex structures could be produced by very simple iterative rules: that is, a simple rule repeated over and over may explain much of Nature’s complexity, revealing its hidden symmetries in the process. Computers are ideal for simulating…

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API’s Energy Research Collaborative Focus is on Diversity

Elia Quintana is the director of Stakeholder Relations for API By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent The capacity of petroleum to power transportation and manufacturing has proven a game changer that marked America’s first Generation Energy, according to American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers. Today’s energy is made up of innovators, problem solvers and disruptors – in the sense that American energy is changing the country’s narrative and altering its trajectory in historic terms, Sommers said. That America’s Generation Energy supplies the foundation for modern life…

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