Fiona Macleod

A far-flung conundrum

Social investment is most needed in the far-flung, underdeveloped regions of the country.

Sporting chance for change

The Mitchells Plain football project was voted winner of the sports development category in the Investing in the Future awards this year.

‘Try traps on your own cojones’

While activists try to ban gin traps, the government says there are 'humane' ways to use them.

Flamingo row: Officials ‘under house arrest’

Trio told to vacate their offices and barred from participating in impact assessment, writes Fiona Macleod.

‘Straight bloody slaughter’

Wildlife traffickers are laundering hunting permits to smuggle rhinoceros horns to the Far East for use in medicinal potions.

Super plant mops up CO2

Native bush could be a weapon against climate change, making South Africa a player in the international carbon credits market.

Saving our soles

Some fish species are in serious trouble -- and eating them can be criminal.

History destroyed — for a golf course

Irrigation run-off from a golf course has been blamed for destroying vital archaelogical records of the ancestry of modern humankind and of the effects of climate change over hundreds of thousands of years.This evidence was being lost because the water contained destructive chemicals.

Human(e) rights for animals

Growing up in a communist household during the apartheid era, Michele Pickover developed a strong sense of outrage at injustice that stood her in good stead when she launched Animal Rights Africa last month, with the slogan ''One struggle -- human freedom, animal rights, sustainable environments''.

Getting them when they’re young

The South African Scouts firmly believe in getting important messages to people while they are young. With their climate change programme, they are encouraging young people to become “change agents for climate change education and action”. Youth undertake activities that help them understand the cause and effects of climate change.

Rietvlei report: don’t drink the water

One of Pretoria's main water sources is heavily polluted with toxic chemicals that cause sexual mutations and long-term cancers, scientists have warned. A hard-hitting report by a team of scientists documents sexual abnormalities in fish and mammals at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, which supplies a significant portion of the Tshwane metro council's water.

Evidence of poison

A Limpopo medical doctor has documented a string of physical abnormalities -- including breasts on a five-year-old girl -- that he believes are directly linked to the unregulated use of agricultural chemicals. Dr Johan Minnaar (44) has produced evidence of serious illnesses and disorders among his patients in Groblersdal.

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