Villagers win landmark case against mining company

A small group of 38 villagers challenge a mining company, of which they are also part, against mining platinum on their land, and win this battle in the ...

How a lost African city was recreated with laser technology

The builders of the stone-walled structures occupied this area from the 15th century ACE until the second half of the 1800s

Lack of funding holds back plans for cattle vaccine

The economy would lose about R6bn a year if SA loses its foot and mouth disease-free status

Funding of SA's science researchers continues to fall

The NRF announced in 2017 that it was forced to cut grants for top scientists to restructure one of its most important funding programmes

Drones and gliders soar to new heights — and depths

Nelson Mandela University’s autonomous operations group is exploring a range of drone capabilities

SA plays lead role in global biodiversity protection drive

A new standard sets out criteria for identifying key biodiversity areas, and SA will be among the first to do a complete national assessment

Battle intensifies against Chinese gangs behind abalone poaching

Demand for abalone knocks SA’s stocks of the marine molluscs to record low

Summer is coming, with toxic winds

Winds blow toxic dust filled with uranium from Mintails operations to Krugersdorp and beyond

Sniffer dogs and aircraft help game parks in rhino poaching crisis

SA is home to about 20,000 rhinos and despite recent setbacks, the Kruger National Park says it is making progress in the battle against poaching

Oldest known artwork found in Mossel Bay

The most recent find is at least 30,000 years older than any other human-made art discovered so far

Activists decry lack of action over pollution of Vaal

Raw sewage continues to gush into the Vaal River at various points from Vereeniging to the Vaal Barrage

SA’s trout industry goes to court over plan to list species as alien

Environmental affairs DG dismisses the notion that the listing will destroy the trout value chain as ‘alarmist’

Study shows how invasive pine trees added fuel to the flames in Knysna fires

‘The conditions that exacerbated the severity of the 2017 Knysna fires will occur again. People need to stay vigilant’

Fire devastates Pilanesberg game reserve, threatens big five

The fire gutted the Mankwe hide and moved through the fenced Big 5 park

Companies be warned: ‘water crunch’ threat remains

UBS analysts says scientists are suggesting that global warming has tripled the risk of a three-year dry run in the Western Cape

Pollution biggest threat for fish of a thousand casts

Effluent in the Vaal River is behind die-off of largemouth yellowfish

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