Pretoria Zoo slapped with 48-hour strike notice as negotiations collapse

But the zoo’s management reassures the public that it has a contingency plan to ensure the welfare of the animals and visitors should the strike go ahead

New view of stars baffles the senses

Cape Town’s revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome offers immersive multisensory edutainment

SA breeder hosts first ever online global auction selling 500kg worth of rhino horn

News sparks concern that this could undermine the 40-year-old international ban on rhino horn trading

Floating campus puts students in touch with the sea

SA has earmarked the oceans as a vital area for economic growth but marine research continues to be underfunded

Wildlife auction brings in R8m for the struggling Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Altogether‚ Ezemvelo sold 1‚183 animals at its 28th annual action at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park — including 10 white rhinos

Cape officials plead with scientists for consensus on expected rainfall

A group of experts says longer-term trends‚ which tend to be more reliable‚ suggest that the Western Cape is in for a dry spell

Science and technology almost eliminates backlog for tax breaks

The government offers tax incentives for R&D projects, but take-up since 2006 has been slow due to red tape

Fracking go-ahead in Karoo basin ‘possible within months’

Five licence applications under review for exploration in the Karoo could succeed under Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Sweet victory for environment as farmers lose St Lucia fight

Judge rules in the landmark case artificially breaching the Mfolozi River is ‘self-serving and a dated perspective’, writes Tony Carnie

Two new ‘clues’ about Homo naledi may create more questions

The hominin may only be about 250,000 years old (very young), and it has a smaller brain than ours but it seems to be ‘surprisingly like our own’ (very ...

Malaria research may help develop new drugs

The new information may help other scientists in their quest to find new and better antimalaria drugs

Report indicates that fracking in Karoo is unlikely

BMI Research says environmentalists need not worry because only major players would be able to develop a shale gas industry, and they are not interested

SA scientists discover bloated, ‘Styrofoamy’ planet

The exoplanet‚ dubbed Kelt-11b after the telescopes that found it‚ orbits a star 320 light years away and is a gas giant similar to Jupiter and Saturn

Big budget cuts at game parks will badly hinder antipoaching efforts

Management are worried about running the parks‚ maintaining conservation efforts and fighting poaching, as petrol for patrol cars will also be rationed

Small-scale farmers cling to hope that a dry winter will exterminate armyworm

R40,000 worth of pesticides didn’t help one farmer, but due to pest-resistant genetically modified crops, commercial production won’t be significantly affected

Minister’s wildlife plans a jumbo worry

Conservationists are alarmed by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's increasingly dangerous ‘conservation’ proposals, writes Melissa Reitz

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