Extinction

Our wonderful wetlands need protection now

Humanity is amazed by our natural world but fails to value its importance to our survival

Grass roots of Ice-Age extinctions

Mammoths and sabre-tooth cats once roamed the continent, but were our ancient ancestors responsible for their disappearance?

We’re killing off life, but there is hope

Sipho Kings reports on the findings of a mega government report on the state of our plants and animals, and what’s being done to secure their future

One million species risk extinction due to humans — draft UN report

Biodiversity loss and global warming are closely linked, according to the 44-page Summary for Policy Makers

Climate change claims its first mammal extinction

Climate change has eaten away at the only known habitat where the rodent had evolved to live

Editorial: Our moment of reckoning is now

'At the M&G we have committed to redoubling efforts to ensure we offer even greater prominence to the threat of climate change'

Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260 million years ago

A study has found that a local event rather than a global shift in climate caused the mass extinction in South Africa

Hunters should stop using lead bullets and help save the vultures

A new threat to vultures is emerging: lead poisoning from ammunition used by game hunters

Why coral reefs are important and why they are dying

​More than 11 billion pieces of plastic larger than five centimetres wide are littering coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region

​Toughie, the ‘loneliest frog on Earth’, croaks

Unable to migrate and not enough time to adapt to climate change, the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog is extinct.

Activists hijack Cites and shoot down local solutions

Countries that wiped out their own species are now dictating how others should manage theirs.

A fifth of all plant species on earth are close to extinction

Thousands of new plants are being discovered every year, but the movement of agriculture and urbanisation are threatening a fifth of all species.

Latest

State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

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