South Africa is one of the largest wine-producing countries in the world. Exports have boomed over the last 10 years, and have risen from 174 million litres in 2001 to 350 million in 2011. The Cape Winelands – the wine district of the Western Cape province – is one of the wealthiest areas of South Africa, but the workers hardly get a living wage. Cynthia Boll reports.
As the Ashden Awards recognise, we live in a world where 1.5 billion people lack access to modern forms of electricity and three billion cook on smoky, inefficient stoves and outdoor fires – while the industrialised world depends on fossil fuels and the inefficient use of energy resources. Most scientists are convinced that fossil fuels are doing irreparable harm to our planet through global warming and threaten the global population in general, and the lives and livelihood of Africans in particular. That is why the Ashden Awards promote universal access to sustainable energy.
Agriculture is a new priority for President Jonathan’s administration, and his minister Dr Akinwumi Adesina has introduced numerous innovations to boost the sector. He spoke to New African about his vision.
Southern Africa has some of the largest coal deposits in the world, but burning coal to produce electricity has always been viewed as environmentally damaging. Now, new research from the US suggests there may be a viable way to reduce the pollution.
"One of the biggest environmental crimes perpetrated on earth" is taking place right in Accra, Ghana's capital, where a good 15% of the world's e-waste is dumped - and burned! A new illustrated book, just published by the South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, has blown the lid off a crime perpetrated by pseudo-businesses masquerading as "recyclers".