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 true amount being spent on water usage is obscured by the fractured nature of its provision.
The Klip River brings disease but, like many other water sources, it is still not being tested.
The major air polluters had until April to get their act together, but a loophole in the law means corporates can ask for more postponements.
Ray McCauley mediated between the ANC and EFF as their issues were deemed moral, not political. But who are our moral figureheads?
Using a divestment model, campaigners want to force companies to lower their carbon emissions.
Despite hundreds of millions of rands being spent over a decade, the people of this Limpopo town do not have a regular supply of water.
Nieuwoudtville rooibos farmers are essentially being forced to sell to a state-funded factory.
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.