Protests in South Africa are about more than just service delivery of basic services such as water and electricity. They reflect a wider crisis about the failure to build a more equitable society.
Cape Town offers is an example of one city balancing resilience and justice.
If resilience efforts don't consider justice issues, they will end up making those who are the most in need the least resilient.
Stormwater harvesting offers an alternative water supply source. It's almost entirely untapped in South Africa and could ensure improved water security across the country.
Young African penguins are following the usual cues to feeding grounds only to find that the sources of food in these places is no longer available. This is devastating for their numbers.
Building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture.
Urban farming increases access to healthy foods. And building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture in poor areas.
South African policewomen on beach patrol.
A tone of bitter disillusionment dominates the book, which combines self-deprecating anecdotes with reflections on the unique strangeness of policing a post-apartheid South African city.
Antarctica hangs in the balance. Five cities have the chance of securing the future of this fragile continent.
South Africa’s Proteaceae family, makes up a part of fynbos, a floral region with plants unique to South Africa Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park.
Restoring habitats have numerous benefits, they can also benefit humanity. But it is for people to be convinced that they can actually do good.
Americans’ ignorance about Africa persists despite efforts by presidents Kennedy and Obama to forge stronger ties with the continent.
The time has come for developed nations to eliminate the large pockets of ignorance which exist in their societies about Africa and other peoples. Globalisation demands that people think differently.
One of two benches demarcated apartheid style for either ‘whites only’ or for ‘non-whites only’ in Cape Town.
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September is celebrated as heritage month in South Africa. How to get it right? A revisit to a national newspaper's decade-old, ambitious project is a good yardstick to use.
Not there yet: Mmusi Maimane campaigns in Johannesburg.
The ruling ANC has been seriously challenged by the Democratic Alliance, but South African politics is still about white privilege and black exclusion.
Voters wait their turn outside a polling station at Nkonjeni village in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The country is gearing up for local elections.
The opposition Democratic Alliance is hopeful that the African National Congress will fail to win a majority in three metros. This will open the door for it to rule in coalition with smaller parties.
Some informal settlements in Cape Town are located on or near wetlands.
Many African cities are sites of rapid urbanisation. To ensure that such societies are water resilient, it is necessary to address formal and informal forms of development.
Women make up the majority of an estimated 6000 urban farmers in Cape Town.
In Cape Town's Cape Flats, female urban farmers are vital for food security and strengthening social capital.
Some children from damaged homes and communities seek respect and power by joining gangs.
Youngsters who grow up in a culture of anger and violence may be drawn to gangs, and schools then become fertile grounds for criminal behaviour.
The Cape sugarbird is vulnerable to ailments, including obesity, that are linked to climate change and urbanisation.
Species facing the blitz of accelerating, human-driven change don’t always cope well. Birds are among the most visible windows into this world of vulnerability.
With sea levels rising, a managed retreat from the coastline is necessary.
In areas vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges, developments are at increasing risk of inundation and permanent damage over coming years.