Sipho Kings is the person the Mail & Guardian sends to places when people’s environment is collapsing. This leads him from mine dumps to sewage flowing down streets – a hazardous task for his trusty pair of work shoes. Having followed his development-minded parents around Southern Africa his first port of call for reporting on the environment is people on the ground. When things go wrong – when harvests collapse and water dries up – they have limited resources to adapt, which people can never let politicians forget. For the rest of the time he tries to avoid the boggling extremes of corporations and environmental organisations, and rather looks for that fabled 'truth' thing. For Christmas he wants a global agreement where humanity accepts that sustainable development is the way forward. And maybe for all the vested interest to stop being so extreme. And world peace. And a sturdier pair of shoes.
South Africa's unwillingness to move from nuclear and coal power will lead to catastrophic climate change for the profit of a few, writes Sipho Kings.
Cyril Ramaphosa claims South Africans share collective guilt, but critics say this is just an attempt to shift the blame.
The troubled mine has closed, leaving behind a toxic legacy that nobody is prepared to deal with as liquidators try to cover debts before restitution.
The retired judge has declined to speak to the media about the conflict in Gaza after being ostracised over previous report findings about Israel.
Gauteng splurged on an IT system under former health MEC Brian Hlongwa's watch in a process fraught with tender irregularities and alleged bribes.
Over R600-billion is needed over the next decade to fix poor infrastructure and extend coverage – but less than half of this is available.
The city's landmark Top Star Drive-in site is a shadow of its former self, after the mine dump it perched atop was levelled and re-mined for gold.
As May and June were globally the hottest in recorded history, the UN's climate change body latest report says humans are driving global warming.
With nowhere else to live, many seek refuge in the radiation wastelands in Gauteng, unaware of the deadly dangers the abandoned mining areas present.
Are plans to play the national anthem every day meant to build South Africa's pride, or its brand?