For our farmers – a very important summit reminder

TLU SA Economic Sustainability Summit – 16 July 2019 Commercial farmers have these past few years been under tremendous financial pressure because of circumstances out of their control. This has led to many South African farmers not having the necessary capacity to overcome a crisis on their own. The survival of the agricultural value chain is reliant on sustainable agricultural production and commercial farmers. Obviously, each commodity involved in the production process will have its own unique way of handling the risk. In practice, we have seen that government –…

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Mono culture farming not good for bees

As agriculture has expanded over the last few decades, global dependence on pollinator insects has increased. But crop diversity hasn’t increased nearly as much – and this disparity spells trouble for many regions, especially parts of South America, Asia and Africa as farmers plant only one type of crop, according to a new study. Bees and other insects work hard to gather nectar and pollen. Along the way, pollen gets stuck to their bristly bodies, and the insects pollinate flowers. Many crops are at least partially dependent on insect pollination,…

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How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food, Year-Round

“Give a man a fish and he will be fed for a day – teach him to fish and he will be fed for a lifetime” Whoever said that must have been living in Africa where food and water scarcity are now two of the main drivers among young people to secure their future food sustainability. In the USA, learners are even starting food gardens at their schools and even sell to their communities. Some schools in Nkomazi have also latched onto the idea with great success.The most popular foods…

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Not all coming up roses for gas projects in Moz

Mozambique is set to become the world’s second largest gas exporter by 2024-25, with Italy’s Eni coming on board. Eni has already invested over 8 billion euros and  with other partners will invest almost another 25 billion euros by 2024 to bring other gas fields on stream. Exxon of the great spill will join the project to produce as much as 20 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. This is seen as as a huge turnaround for the country in 20-25 years, adding as much as 100 billion…

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SA has enough water to see it through dry winter

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  South Africa has enough water to see the country through the dry winter but the sustainability of the water may be compromised if consumers are negligent. “It is almost certain that South Africa will not run out of water during the dry winter spell, with statistics showing that there is sufficient water in reservoirs for use until the next summer rains,” the Department of Water and Sanitation said. A weekly report by the department estimates that the current national storage is at 23 209.4 cubic metres out of a capacity…

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Corruption Watch report finds revised Mining Charter isn’t working.

Billions in Mining Royalties Intended for the Poor Squandered, Stolen or Diverted That’s the conclusion of Mmashudu Masutha and Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo, authors of Corruption Watch’s Mining Royalties Research Report 2018, which examined communities in Limpopo and North West provinces and found that the payment of royalties to affected communities was mired in “greed, competition for a finite financial resource, deliberate exploitation, mismanagement of funds and resources, poor administrative oversight and a lack of will, accountability and commitment on various levels to repair and transform the pay-out of mining royalties.” One of…

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Iconic Desert-Dwelling Elephant Killed By Trophy Hunters in Namibia

An iconic desert-dwelling elephant named Voortrekker, beloved by many in southern Africa, has been killed by a trophy hunter in Namibia, it was confirmed by Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA). There has been an outpouring of absolute heartbreak and outrage at the news by conservationists. He was the last large dominant bull amongst the 120 desert dwelling elephant left in the North West deserts of Namibia. Targeted not for anything but his fame, Johannes Haasbroek who worked at EHRA for many years, said the iconic bull had been “murdered” by…

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OUR BURNING PLANET: Fuel most Foul: The Purgatory Times for Sasol and other oil majors

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As the ravages of climate breakdown barrel at exponential speeds across the planet, the fossil fuel conglomerates are facing unprecedented pushback. The anger is mostly coming from teenagers, who will bear the brunt of the devastation. But the protests are being supported by rising calls for fossil fuel executives to be tried for crimes against humanity, by strident shareholder activism and by revelations of the size of the subsidies that governments around the world are granting to the oil majors. In South Africa, Sasol is feeling intense heat. Source: OUR…

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