Tourism and Conservation

25 May 2022

Namibia’s deep dive into its environmental state

Namibia’s deep dive into its environmental state While the widespread natural deserts and resources of Namibia often seem boundless, they are constantly being impacted in ways that highlight the importance […]
15 May 2022

Identifying SDG shortcomings to monitor natural resources

Identifying SDG shortcomings to monitor natural resources The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), laid out by the United Nations in 2015 provides a map to guide and measure the world’s progress […]
8 May 2022

Ethiopia stuck in an ethnic rut

Ethiopia stuck in an ethnic rut East Africa’s emerging giant, Ethiopia, is experiencing the political downside of its extraordinary economic success over the last decade and a half. By Leon […]
3 May 2022

Oil and gas: Let the people decide

Oil and gas: Let the people decide   The discovery of oil and gas off the coast of Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique is good news for the Southern African region. […]
1 May 2022

Unplanned development threatens bat habitat

Unplanned development threatens bat habitat Large-scale development and inadequate conservation plans have resulted in changes to natural habitats and exposed previously unencountered animal species to human interaction. The University of […]
27 Apr 2022

WhyAfrica’s magazine printed and packed for African road trip

WhyAfrica’s magazine printed and packed for African road trip The April issue of WhyAfrica’s magazine is out and now available in print as well! Readers will be able to hold […]
23 Apr 2022

Forestry’s fight against climate change

Forestry’s fight against climate change Earth Day is a good time to reflect and think about sustainability and how we can limit our impact. Earth Day, celebrated annually on April […]
18 Apr 2022

Future Ecosystems for Africa programme launched in South Africa

Future Ecosystems for Africa programme launched in South Africa The Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation last week launched the Future Ecosystems For Africa programme at the University of the Witwatersrand […]
11 Apr 2022

Africa needs to conquer Mount Probable

Africa needs to conquer Mount Probable Geopolitical turmoil in a bi-polar world has placed African leaders in a peculiar position. Many African countries were beneficiaries of Russian support in the […]
11 Apr 2022

Radisson adds 600 rooms to African portfolio

Radisson adds 600 rooms to African portfolio The Radisson Hotel Group continues its ambitious African growth and development plan with five new hotel signings secured across the continent to date […]
23 Mar 2022

Forging a future for the African wildlife economy

Forging a future for the African wildlife economy    By Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes Africa’s iconic wildlife forms a key part of the continent’s identity and is globally significant, both ecologically and […]
22 Mar 2022

Forestry as a weapon against climate change

Forestry as a weapon against climate change By Jane Molony There is a climate case for wood – it is the only material that can naturally decarbonise our planet by […]
17 Mar 2022

Standard Bank’s climate targets will support Africa’s sustainable development

Standard Bank’s climate targets will support Africa’s sustainable development Standard Bank is on course for a net zero future after the group pledged to mobilise a cumulative amount of between […]
8 Mar 2022

Invest in nature to combat climate change

Invest in nature to combat climate change Investing in nature is one of the most immediate, powerful, and cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis ad shaping our future. According to […]
3 Mar 2022

Maasai protestors shut down Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Maasai protestors shut down Ngorongoro Conservation Area A number of local Maasai people last week blockaded the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in […]
19 Feb 2022

Illegal activities decimate Africa’s rainforests

Illegal activities decimate Africa’s rainforests Illegal logging, hunting, and farming in parts of West and Central Africa over the last 50 years have decimated indigenous rainforests, writes Leon Louw, owner […]
17 Feb 2022

Botswana bets on agritourism to boost growth

Botswana bets on agritourism to boost growth Landlocked Botswana has steadily grown in stature as one of the most stable and investment friendly countries in Africa. The government hopes a […]
16 Feb 2022

Water and energy vital to halt Africa’s land degradation

Water and energy vital to halt Africa’s land degradation Africa’s rapid urbanisation is placing ongoing pressure on available land and demanding far-sighted and coordinated national responses – as the upcoming […]
14 Feb 2022

WhyAfrica reports from the coalface

WhyAfrica reports from the coalface WhyAfrica is getting its boots dirty in 2022. After almost two years of being stuck behind our desks, we are going back to do what […]
14 Feb 2022

Identifying SDG shortcomings to monitor natural resources

Identifying SDG shortcomings to monitor natural resources The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), laid out by the United Nations in 2015 provides a map to guide and measure the world’s progress […]
10 Feb 2022

Zanzibar attracts investors with island opportunities

Zanzibar attracts investors with island opportunities Following an overwhelming response to the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar’s decision to open up 10 smaller islands for high-end development and investment opportunities last […]
9 Feb 2022

ESG knowledge without ESG wisdom is like water in sand

ESG knowledge without ESG wisdom is like water in sand There are many lessons in nature and wisdom is often found where we least expect it, writes Leon Louw, owner […]
2 Feb 2022

World Wetlands Day: SA wine farm shows the way

World Wetlands Day: SA wine farm shows the way Wetlands are often overlooked, neglected and abused – and yet they provide essential eco-services for water and food security. They are […]
31 Jan 2022

WhyAfrica hits the road in June and July

WhyAfrica hits the road in June and July This year WhyAfrica returns to doing what it does best. We are getting our boots dirty with on-the ground, in-depth, grassroots reporting […]
26 Jan 2022

Lack of investors dash Liberia’s hopes

Lack of investors dash Liberia’s hopes A lack of funding is frustrating local companies in Liberia and has resulted in several promising construction projects being put on ice, writes Leon […]
22 Jan 2022

Barrick’s Kibali leads mining into a new space

Barrick’s Kibali leads mining into a new space Mining has moved to a place where it has not been before. It has entered the world of conservation, sustainability, and development, […]
20 Jan 2022

Covid-19 found in South African lions

Covid-19 found in South African lions A recent study by scientists from the University of Pretoria (UP) reveals that the Delta variant of Covid-19 were transmitted from humans to animals […]
15 Jan 2022

Questions about trophy hunting remain unanswered

Questions about trophy hunting remain unanswered Trophy hunting is a source of foreign currency for many African communities. But hunting also has a downside. Should we ban hunting in an […]
2 Jan 2022

Hope springs eternal

Hope springs eternal Covid-19’s impact on Africa has been severe, as it has been across the globe. However, hope springs eternal, writes Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica.      […]
2 Jan 2022

Business in civil society

Business in civil society Business is important to strengthen civil society. But what is the role of the private sector in the transformation of society? Every organisation or institution should […]