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SA’s first boat-based whale-watching study

By | December 1st, 2018|Features, Green|

Bottlenose and common dolphins, the endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, southern right, humpback and Bryde’s whales, South Africa has them all, and people come from all over the world to experience them up close in the oceans off our south-east coastline, where boat-based whale-watching operators offer up close encounters with our dolphins and whales. Over [...]

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Luxury Africa – MaXhosa by Laduma

By | December 1st, 2018|Features, Profiles|

You can see the first light of day on the tips of the cattle’s horns; you can hear the downtown hustle and the chants of the Xhosa ancestors; you can feel the rolling rhythms of the Eastern Cape; you can touch the world through its folds: London, Paris, Milan, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Tokyo, [...]

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Khanyile’s Unstoppable Afrikan Farms

By | November 6th, 2018|Farming, Features, Green|

In September, Afrikan Farms (Pty) Ltd, situated in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, was announced the winner of the Agricultural Research Council’s National Commercial Beef Producer of the Year for 2018. In October Afrikan farms received the Pick n Pay Rudd Award for The Producer With The Most Progress Shown Over The Last Decade. The founder and Chairperson [...]

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Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos as Climate Change Heroes

By | October 29th, 2018|Features, Green|

By Heather Dugmore Africa’s unique megaherbivores - elephants, rhinos and hippos - could potentially play a major role in mitigating climate change, says Distinguished Professor Graham Kerley, Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology at Nelson Mandela University. He is one of six authors of a paper attracting global attention that was published on [...]

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A symbol of what South Africa can be

By | April 10th, 2018|Features|

Nelson Mandela University, the only university in the world to carry Nelson Mandela’s name has its first woman Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa. She is joined by two other top-ranking women in leading the university: the new Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, and the new Chair of Council, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill. All three assumed their posts in [...]

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You owe it to yourself to give it a go

By | April 10th, 2018|Features|

“Let me sit closer to you,” says Wits Business School MBA alumna Gail Kelly as we position ourselves around the imposing table in the VIP dining room at Wits Business School. This is the woman Forbes listed in 2010 as the eighth most powerful woman in the world; the first female CEO of Westpac, one [...]

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Boring the pants off life’s miracles

By | April 10th, 2018|Features|

From the wildebeest migration to the ice floes of Alaska, we are so inundated with hype and overbaked replays that life’s miracles have become boring. “Oh whaaaw they’re approaching the Maaahwra – look at all those craaacs just waiting for them,” we’re told as the camera zooms in on yet another wildebeest migration crossing the [...]

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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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