Nicola Mawson

Nicola Mawson

    Cleaning up Jo'burg

    Busisiwe Nhlapo's house burnt down last year, just three days before Christmas, one of 200 razed as fire swept through Joe Slovo squatter camp in Johannesburg. The City of Johannesburg has compiled a booklet called A Better House, to “offer practical advice to communities on how to improve existing rudimentary dwellings”, Masondo said. Earthyear takes a closer look.

    From pillar to post

    How actively do political parties implement sustainable development? Are their promises nothing but hot air? One of the simplest ways to gauge this in the immediate wake of the elections was to check what they planned to do with the thousands of electioneering posters and boards glaring down at voters from lamp-posts around the country.

    G8: Not so great on Africa

    The Group of Eight's (G8) meeting this week in the United States will spew forth promises for Africa that will amount to nothing, say its critics. The involvement of the New Partnership for Africa's Development with the G8 — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US — is meant to be a partnership.