25 Sep 2021

Safe asbestos disposal critical to protect people and the environment

Safe asbestos disposal critical to protect people and the environment South Africa’s incidence of mesothelioma, a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers most […]
24 Sep 2021

SA needs a sustainable agricultural sector

SA needs a sustainable agricultural sector South Africa needs a sustainable agricultural sector if it is to ensure food security in the future. However, the sector is not without its […]
23 Sep 2021

African leaders need biodiversity data to make sustainable decisions

African leaders need biodiversity data to make sustainable decisions There is a great need to equip African governments, businesses, and policymakers with biodiversity data for sustainable decision-making. African leaders need […]
22 Sep 2021

Engaged employees make for more productive businesses

How does engaged employees make for more productive businesses during a time of Covid-19 and economic hardship? We asked Vanisha Balgobind, Executive Head of HR at Exxaro. Putting employees at […]
21 Sep 2021

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean join forces to drive circularity

The African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), and the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEC LAC) have organised the first regional dialogue to strengthen cooperation around their […]
21 Sep 2021

Sustainable social transitioning at mine closure starts with paradigm shift

Sustainable social transitioning at mine closure starts with paradigm shift Recognising the assets and opportunities inherent in mine communities throughout the life of mine is one of the first steps […]
21 Sep 2021

Renewables take mainstage in Africa’s race of reduction

Renewables takes mainstage in Africa’s race of reduction    Renewable energy companies are slowly but surely making a dent in the debilitating shortage of electricity in Africa, writes Leon Louw, founder […]
16 Sep 2021

IWMI examines water resources in Ethiopia’s Lake Tana sub-basin

IWMI examines water resources in Ethiopia’s Lake Tana sub-basin Through the FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) Fellowship project, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is working to develop a thorough […]
13 Sep 2021

Collaboration and technology can make SA water secure

13 September 2021 – Water is one of South Africa’s scarcest and most critical resources. However, collaboration and technology can make South Africa water secure.       Water is one of […]
3 Sep 2021

Groundwater management is essential for a sustainable future

03 September 2021- Water security in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has been subjected to the impacts of climate change and severe weather events. Water management, and especially […]
25 Aug 2021

Miners need to invest in renewables to fight global warming

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica  25 August 2021 – Mining companies should be at the forefront in the battle against climate change. As part of its offensive, […]
20 Aug 2021

Can Kenya learn from global floods?

By Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited 20 August 2021 – Across the globe, the increase in devastating storms and floods is a stark reminder […]
8 Aug 2021

One of the world’s rarest chameleons found clinging to survival

02 August 2021 – Chapman’s pygmy chameleon, long feared to be extinct in the wild, has been found surviving in patches of rainforest in Malawi. The study was published recently […]
28 Jul 2021

Why mines in Africa should invest in renewable energy

By Leon Louw, founder and editor at WhyAfrica 19 July 2021 – Mining companies have been grappling with the question of fossil fuels versus renewables for more than a decade. […]
22 Jul 2021

New agricultural initiative to empower DRC farmers

22 July 2021 – A new agricultural initiative, led by the ERG Africa, is earmarked to empower DRC farmers in the Haut-Katanga province, close to ERG Africa’s Frontier copper project. […]
20 Jul 2021

Water stewardship gives mines the broader view

20 July 2021 – With South Africa’s growing demand for water – and the impact of climate change on rainfall variability and water supply security – the need for a […]
19 Jul 2021

South Africa to publish a climate change guideline for environmental applications

By Paula-Ann Novotny and Lerato Molefi from Webber Wentzel  19 July 2021 – ​​​A Climate Change guideline will shortly be published to assist with incorporating climate change considerations in various applications […]
18 Jul 2021

Calls to remove Selous Game Reserve from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites

Calls to remove Selous Game Reserve from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 18 July 2021 – The development of the Rufiji […]
16 Jul 2021

ESG investment policy best practice in the private equity sector: What does good look like?

ESG investment policy best practice in the private equity sector: What does good look like? By Mamedupi Matsipa, Ata Capital CEO 16 July 2021 – The value of a capital […]
5 Jul 2021

Taking stock at global impact assessment summit

05 July 2021 – Impact assessors (IAs) have made progress in developing smarter impact assessments to deal with Covid-19 restrictions, but developing countries still need more home-grown solutions. This was […]
29 Jun 2021

CSIR research boost indigenous biodiversity in South Africa

29 June 2021 – The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is championing indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) research and […]
27 Jun 2021

Hybrid energy: the road to carbon neutrality

By John Lewis 28 June 2021 – Hybrid solutions should be sitting at the centre of every energy discussion in Africa. Hybrid energy is the road to carbon neutrality. The […]
27 Jun 2021

Nature based tourism could be a money spinner for Africa

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 26 June 2021 – Africa is well known for its wildlife and exceptional natural beauty. Nature-based tourism could be a money spinner […]
24 Jun 2021

The second commodity crunch

By Dr Nicolaas C. Steenkamp, geological consultant at Bowline Professional Services 24 June 2021 – Following the first commodity crunch in 2020 when production from mines were curtailed by Covid-19 […]
23 Jun 2021

The benefit of upskilling artisanal miners

23 June 2021 – In a country like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where artisanal miners account for up to 20% of the cobalt ore that is mined, […]
22 Jun 2021

Decarbonisation of the energy system – no company can sit on the sideline

By Eric Croeser  22 June 2021 – Decarbonisation of the energy system – from a hydrocarbon-based to a sustainable, low-carbon energy system – poses an existential threat to the oil […]
21 Jun 2021

Economic returns of investing in protected areas and nature-based tourism are significant says World Bank

 21 June 2021 – A new World Bank report released last week shows that for every dollar governments invest in protected areas and support for nature-based tourism, the economic rate […]
19 Jun 2021

Commodity traders’ transactions with governments are still opaque

19 June 2021 – The transaction point in extractive value chains where corruption risks are often highest is when trading companies deal directly with governments. Yet, according to recent research […]
17 Jun 2021

Kenya needs more technicians in water and wastewater management

By Simon Thomas 17 June 2021 – According to UNESCO, the demand for water will increase by more than 55% until the year 2050, due to the exponential growth of […]
14 Jun 2021

Water risk uncertainty necessitates predictions, but also flexibility

15 June 2021 – Managing water risks exacerbated by climate change makes predictive modelling vital, but at the same time more difficult – Africa’s response therefore needs to embrace flexible […]