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Sipho Kings

Sipho Kings

Sipho Kings is the Mail & Guardian's environment reporter. Broken ecosystems, bad corporations and mean people are the order of the day. This means his shoes are caked in all sorts of dodgy material. 
Southern Africa can avoid climate strife with water agreements
Southern Africa can avoid climate strife with water agreements
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​Geluksdal bites the Brakpan tailing dam's dust
​Geluksdal bites the Brakpan tailing dam's dust
The Moosa’s are cleaning their grey brick house in Geluksdal, east of Johannesburg. Their Gauteng family is coming over for a final get-together...
Arctic melt threatens to unravel global climate
Arctic melt threatens to unravel global climate
The Arctic didn’t quite break its record for low ice cover this nothern summer. It came second. But temperatures on that top part of the world have...
#SliceOfLife: ​Therapy with Blondie
#SliceOfLife: ​Therapy with Blondie
I was 16 when I got my first guitar. I played it for six months until I couldn’t resist the temptation of those screws. So I took it apart and...
Residents to hold 'toxic trek' against Durban landfill’s gas emissions
Residents to hold 'toxic trek' against Durban landfill’s gas emissions
Residents near the Shongweni landfill, west of Durban, say the complex emits suffocating and noxious gas. This gives them headaches, nose bleeds,...
​SA lags behind as countries put forward their climate change plans
​SA lags behind as countries put forward their climate change plans
NEWS ANALYSISThere won’t be a COP meeting next year. After two decades of negotiations, the world got its climate agreement at COP21 in...
Mines department a mess of confusion
Mines department a mess of confusion
"We have a major problem with DMR [the department of mineral resources] … there’s nothing we can do now to regulate mines,” said a...
Objections to construction of two coal-fired power stations dismissed
Objections to construction of two coal-fired power stations dismissed
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has dismissed objections to the country building two new coal-fired power stations. 
Carbon tax: Saving the world on the cheap
Carbon tax: Saving the world on the cheap
South Africa can cut its carbon emissions by a third and dent the progress of global warming. All it has to do is sign off on a local carbon tax....
​Cities need a concrete plan for flash floods
​Cities need a concrete plan for flash floods
Six people died in Gauteng last week as a result of the province’s flash floods. Some were trapped in cars; others were caught in rivers that had...
Trump's hot words will undo gains made to stop global warming
Trump's hot words will undo gains made to stop global warming
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Minerals ministry ignores its own advice on West Coast strip mining
Minerals ministry ignores its own advice on West Coast strip mining
The department of mineral resources has ignored its own environmental unit’s warning of “unacceptable pollution” and has gone ahead and granted...