Chemical killing the killer whales

Half the world’s orcas are doomed, because a coal byproduct has been leaking into the oceans for more than a century

Sea level fears as more of giant Antarctic glacier floating than thought

Totten Glacier's underbelly is being eroded by warm sea water flowing hundreds of kilometres inland after passing through underwater "gateways".

Breakaway iceberg as big as Jamaica

And it could mean that the Antarctic ice shelf is becoming unstable

Polar ice the size of India vanishes in record heat

"Ice is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists."

Another ecosystem in crisis as Southern Oceans around Antarctica get less salty

Critical ocean flows are changing, cutting off an ecosystem that regulates global temperatures and feeds fish.

Antarctica’s frozen sea isolates research stations

An increase in the level of ice around the frozen continent is making it difficult to get fuel and supplies to research stations.

South Africa’s Antarctic history is being unfrozen in time

A legacy programme captures South Africa's active involvement in scientific research in Antarctica and the Prince Edward Islands since World War II.

Spider flies to catch an elusive wave

A South African astrophysicist is part of a team seeking to drag ancient cosmic secrets out of the polar skies.

Robot to test health of ocean ‘lungs’

In a pioneering move, a wave glider has been sent out to sea from Cape Town to measure pollution around Antarctica.

‘Irreversible’ melting of Antarctic

The science is in, and living in Cape Town and Durban will be impossible thanks to melting glaciers and an extra 4m rise in sea level.

Robots plumb changes in Southern Ocean

Off the coast of South Africa, ocean robots are sending back information to help us to understand how the ­climate is changing.

Climate change pause exposes gaps in scientists’ theories

Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions.


Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it