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The Day That People Felt Free

By | October 23rd, 2017|Columns, Features|

It has been 46 years since the first Free Peoples Concert was held at Wits in 1971. Back then, as always, music was a way for everyone to imagine and be part of a different South Africa – starting on campus. It was South Africa’s Monterey, Haight-Ashbury, Woodstock; a platform for counterculture with music as [...]

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Four Fish or 15000 Fish – the choice is in our hands

By | October 23rd, 2017|Features, Green|

Stocks of some of our iconic angling fish species – such as red and white steenbras, black musselcracker, dageraad, kabeljou (kob) and seventy-four – are now so overexploited that they fall within the red list of threatened species as tracked by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Professor Nadine Strydom a marine [...]

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New Oceanography and Food Security Innovation Bridge between SA and the UK

By | October 23rd, 2017|Features, Green|

By 2050 there will be nine billion people on Earth, with populations growing fastest in the low-lying coastal regions. Many of these communities rely on the oceans for food security, but the oceans are warming and food security risks are rapidly rising.   What sustains marine food security, what are the underpinning ecosystems and how do [...]

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Algoa Bay: South Africa’s Dolphin Research Capital

By | October 23rd, 2017|Features, Green|

Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape has unusually large group sizes of common and bottlenose dolphins. The reason for this is being researched by dolphin and whale (cetacean) specialist, Dr Stephanie Plön, an ocean health researcher from the Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. “My research team and [...]

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We have to learn, unlearn and relearn

By | April 5th, 2017|Features|

“Businesspeople talking to businesspeople is the best way to address the innovations required to address the challenges of our time,” says Zimbabwean-born telecoms mogul Strive Masiyiwa who is listed as one the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chair of Econet, a diversified pan-Africa telecommunications, media and technology [...]

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So Very South African

By | January 16th, 2017|Features|

South Africa is a complex piece of music that loops between the deep-rooted love of this land and consuming chaos and corruption. Its rhythm charges towards the brink of no return, then reaches out and rescues you, gently placing you on golden shores under southern skies. You lie there exhausted, warmed by the African sun. [...]

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Wanting, seeking, crashing – The power of addiction

By | December 13th, 2016|Features|

Escalating numbers of people in South Africa and worldwide are addicted to substances and destructive behaviours. What causes addiction? Why is it on the increase? What can be done about it? It’s year-end – a time when most of us feel licensed to let go and indulge. The pact we make with ourselves is that [...]

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FishforLife – Fish for South Africa

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

Nobody is better at managing fish stocks than those who actually catch fish. This is what it says on CatchReport, launched in October 2016, where recreational anglers voluntarily contribute to conserving South Africa's fish stocks and oceans by adding and sharing their catch data. CatchReport is housed on the FishforLife website (www.FishforLife.co.za). This is such [...]

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SA’s groundbreaking solar charging system for electric vehicles

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

This is the near future for many commuters in South Africa: you’ll drive to work in your electric vehicle (EV), travelling for up to about 200kms on one charge. Once you are at work, you’ll plug the EV charger from your vehicle into a renewable energy charging unit - it’s as simple as plugging an [...]

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Supporting SA’s top Green Wines

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

The Nedbank Green Wine Awards are all about recognising and supporting quality green South African wines and winemakers who are committed to sustainable wine production, environmental conservation and staff empowerment. In October 2016 the Nedbank Green Wine Awards honoured several Cape winemakers who are leading the way globally in the green wine movement. Two of [...]

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