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Don’t Mess With The Headwaters

By | April 20th, 2012|Green|

The unprecedented ‘land grab’ for mining in South Africa poses a direct threat to the headwaters of the Vaal, Tugela, Usuthu and Pongola river systems. This key water production area spanning the high altitude grasslands between KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State, provides clean, potable water for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal, including several major power stations. Yet it is being threatened by coal mining. […] «Don’t Mess With The Headwaters»

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Talk About Tyres

By | April 10th, 2012|Green|

Down on the farm we recycle scrap tyres. A nip here and a tuck there and we transform them into rubbery bowls for cattle licks. Passers by might not realise what they are. Catching a glimpse of thirty or more tyres scattered in the veld as they whiz by on their wheels, they might think that slordige mense live on these farms where they just gooi tyres in the veld, even where the cattle are grazing. […] «Talk About Tyres»

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The Seachange Project – A first for SA

By | September 27th, 2011|Green|

There is a scientist whose name is etched in coastal and marine conservation in South Africa. She is marine ecologist Dr Kerry Sink from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Cape Town. […] «The Seachange Project – A first for SA»

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Fracking Karoo: Shame on You Shell

By | June 7th, 2011|Green|

Someone is misstating the truth. That someone is soon to be identified because they are breaking the law. This came to light at a volatile meeting in the Karoo town of Middelburg on Friday where petroleum giant Shell together with Golder, the environmental consultancy hired by Shell, presented their draft Environmental Management Programme (EMP) to the people of the Karoo. […] «Fracking Karoo: Shame on You Shell»

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The Chef, the Chief & the Spekboom Custard

By | June 6th, 2011|Green|

Christiana could not get enough of Dario’s spekboom custard. She asked for more, which is not the done thing at Cube where the whole idea is that you get 20 starter-sized bites with unexpected flavour combinations and textures. […] «The Chef, the Chief & the Spekboom Custard»

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Will You Marry Me, My Darling

By | June 6th, 2011|Green|

“Will you marry me, my darling, but without a ring?” “What planet are you living on, no ring!” “I’m living on the planet where if I slipped a gold band on your finger darling, every time I looked at it all I would see is 1.5 to 3 tons of rock being ripped from the earth in order to satisfy your artificially induced desire to follow the rest of the sheep in the world and buy into the gold and other precious metal marketers’ advertising hype that you when you get engaged you have to have a diamond ring and that when you get married you have to have a gold band. […] «Will You Marry Me, My Darling»

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Let’s Talk About COP16

By | June 5th, 2011|Green|

Do not drink and try to say ‘Environmental Sustainability’. It is a mouthful at the best of times, but when in a state of inebriation, it is sure to land you in a tsunami of consonants and vowels. […] «Let’s Talk About COP16»

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Karoo Farmers Head to Fracking Frontline

By | May 5th, 2011|Green|

On a cold winter’s day in May, Dougie Stern and Lukie Strydom met in the lapa at Dougie’s livestock farm between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg. Over coffee and rusks they discussed the final itinerary of their two-week fact finding mission to the United States from 17 June – 4 July where they will intensively investigate shale gas fracking. […] «Karoo Farmers Head to Fracking Frontline»

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SA’s Seafood Consumers are The Heroes

By | January 31st, 2011|Green|

“Congratulations to South Africa’s seafood consumers. By insisting on sustainably harvested fish and seafood you are significantly driving change.” This is the message from Dr Samantha Petersen, project manager of the Green Trust-supported Sustainable Fisheries Programme. Pressure from South African consumers on the seafood retail market over the past couple of years has helped to suppress the demand for over-exploited fish stocks. […] «SA’s Seafood Consumers are The Heroes»

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South Africa’s First Reef Atlas

By | January 31st, 2011|Green|

Nedbank’s Green Trust is funding a three-year project led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) to create the first national map of our South Africa’s reef systems. The South African Reef Atlas is based on underwater photographs and gps co-ordinates submitted by ‘reef users’, notably divers, research organisations and government. It will significantly contribute to the improved planning and management of one of South Africa’s most important marine habitats and its biodiversity. […] «South Africa’s First Reef Atlas»

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