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.
The prohibition of cannabis in SA now appears as regressive as the culture in which it was outlawed. So where did it come from, and where to now?
LGBTI Ugandans have made a plea for countries to loosen their asylum regulations for those in danger of physical harm because of their sexuality.
This year 146 rhino have been killed so far, after 1 004 were killed in a record-breaking 2013.
The 2014 Budget has delayed the carbon tax, punted shale gas, budgeted for more independent energy, and asked that mines help fix acid mine drainage.
Dr Paul Semugoma was almost deported to Uganda through Zim, but friends exerted pressure on the South African government to grant him a work permit.
The controversy around sand mining in Pondoland continues, with the community questioning a local chief about their development needs.
The state claims 95% of people have access to water, but the water affairs department admits that only 65% have flowing water.
On the back foot, the country is taking its titanic war of environmental pollution against US oil company Chevron to the court of public opinion.
A Gupta-linked colliery has been accused of polluting the Olifants River, a vital source of water for food crop irrigation on farms around Delmas.
A R232-million grant, given to the Peace Parks Foundation by the Dutch and Swedish postcode lotteries, will go to combatting rhino poaching.