New ‘Boutique’ Carbon Projects For SA

By | October 10th, 2012|Green|

It’s relatively easy to measure how many tons of carbon are present in a tropical forest, using physical measurements and satellite photos. But how do you measure how much carbon is present in a wetland or in a million hectares of grassland soil? It’s not easy, says Onno Huyser, the WWF Senior Manager for Fynbos and Succulent Karoo. Which is why tropical forests are sought after in the global carbon market. But it’s not enough. […]

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The Karoo’s First Protected Environment

By | August 10th, 2012|Green|

The first Protected Environment in the Karoo, Eastern Cape, has been proclaimed. Called the Compassberg Protected Environment it is a critical water catchment area spanning 42 000 hectares of livestock and game farms, and including the iconic Compassberg. […]

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Hooves, Hooves and More Hooves

By | May 9th, 2012|Farming, Green|

Too much rest damages the veld and only intense livestock hoof action can restore vegetation and reverse the effects of desertification, a major cause of climate change. Four decades since he gave his first course on holistic farming in South Africa, holistic management pioneer Allan Savory returned to Graaff-Reinet for a three-day workshop. Heather Dugmore was there. […]

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Will Shell Frack Up the Karoo

By | April 22nd, 2012|Green|

Farmers, communities, environmental organisations, geologists and water specialists are up in arms about global energy and petrochemical company Shell’s application to explore for shale gas over 90 000km2 in the water-stressed Karoo. The proposed exploration method, called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”, involves drilling boreholes 4-5km deep, followed by the introduction of a mixture of chemicals, sand and millions of litres of water into the boreholes under enormous pressure to fracture the geological structures and force the free flow of shale gas, also called natural gas. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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