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.
Political will and administrative and regulatory changes are needed to reduce the country's water problems.
Eskom's electricity woes have hastened the failure of water infrastructure around the country.
African whistle-blower website afriLeaks is hosted in another country, which means it is safe from African government subpoenas.
South Africa's electricity crisis is a grim portent: soon, we'll be in the same boat with water.
2014 was the hottest year on record, and new research shows humanity is exceeding safe levels of half of the systems that are needed to support life.
Government's decisions about energy needs are potentially leading SA down a path of excess.
Experts say human-driven climate change is the main reason for last year being the most scorching on record.
It’s a new year and we are all thinking of ways to fix ourselves. Our environmental reporter has a simple 15-step plan to help fix the world in 2015.
2014 will be remembered as the year politicians defeated climate scientists and solidified weak climate change targets, writes Sipho Kings.
Santa's mall stand-ins take on the job because it's good, honest work. But those children can be a real trial.