The Beach Co-op: New moon beach cleans helping to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy

An all-female team based in South Africa meet with volunteers every new moon to remove plastic pollution from their local surf break – the rocky shore at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg Beach. Organised by the non-profit organisation, The Beach Co-op, the clean-ups aim to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy, to empower coastal communities as guardians of the oceans, and to address issues around … Continue reading The Beach Co-op: New moon beach cleans helping to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy

The Dung Beetle Project: Fire-farting beetle sculpture transforming plastic waste into energy aims to provide a solution to plastic

The Dung Beetle Project is shifting public attitudes towards waste with its ingenius invention – a beetle sculpture, made from recycled stainless steel, which houses a hi-tech gasification system that transforms plastic trash into energy. The beetle-inpsired machine travels to places across Southern Africa and the world where plastic is a problem in order to divert waste plastic from landfills and the ocean and turn … Continue reading The Dung Beetle Project: Fire-farting beetle sculpture transforming plastic waste into energy aims to provide a solution to plastic

#SpekboomChallenge: South Africans take on fight against climate challenge by planting carbon-guzzling, indigenous Spekboom plant

South Africans are joining the fight against climate change by planting spekboom, an indigenous plant that can absorb the highest amount of carbon dioxide of any other plant, as part of the nationwide #SpekboomChallenge to plant one million spekbooms by 2025. The Vitamin-C rich plant, which is mainly found in the Eastern Cape, is known as a “wonder plant” because it can absorb the highest … Continue reading #SpekboomChallenge: South Africans take on fight against climate challenge by planting carbon-guzzling, indigenous Spekboom plant

South African indigenous peoples win share of rooibos tea profits in new landmark agreement

South African indigenous communities – the San and Khoi peoples – whose lands have been used for the commercial farming of rooibos tea for more than a century, will now share in the profits of the lucrative herbal tea industry under a new landmark agreement. Nine years in the making, the Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement was signed on 1 November by the indigenous Khoi … Continue reading South African indigenous peoples win share of rooibos tea profits in new landmark agreement

The Black Mambas: South Africa’s all female, unarmed anti-poaching unit winning the war on poaching through education

South Africa’s first all female anti-poaching unit, The Black Mambas, believe the war on poaching “won’t be won with guns and bullets alone”, but education. Hence why the camouflage uniformed-clad troop patrol unarmed. The Black Mambas was established in 2013 to focus on conservation of the 52,000-hectare Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The women, some of whom are as young … Continue reading The Black Mambas: South Africa’s all female, unarmed anti-poaching unit winning the war on poaching through education

Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa, Richmond, South Africa

Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet. 15. Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa, Richmond, South Africa The African wilderness is a place of serenity, harmony and balance where Mother Nature remains largely untouched and her animal kingdom roam freely. Duma Manzi … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa, Richmond, South Africa

Storm water drain net catches plastic and minimises marine pollution in South Africa harbour town

South African harbour town of Gansbaai, famous for shark-cage diving and whale watching, is taking action to address plastic pollution by installing drainage nets to catch plastic waste. The nets have stopped more than 370kg of litter from floating into the river and ultimately the sea, since they were installed by Dyer Island Conservation Trust last month. They are designed to prevent pollutants and solid waste, carried … Continue reading Storm water drain net catches plastic and minimises marine pollution in South Africa harbour town