Rio+20 is over and now the real work starts

There is no blueprint for the green economy, and success will involve tough choices, writes Ivan Turok and Leanne Seeliger.

Sustainability gets UN clout

The United Nations has agreed at the Rio+20 conference to formally adopt a set of development goals, writes Fiona Macleod.

The good, the bad and the downright unacceptable

Far too much time was spent on inconsequential details at Rio+20; world leaders literally cannot see the forests for the trees, writes Ruth Mhlanga.

Zuma back from Rio

President Zuma arrived back from Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday, where he attended the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Developmeny.

Big ideas at sideshow to Rio+20

Only one thing unites those at the People's Summit -- unhappiness over the status quo, writes Jonathan Watts.

Rio+20: More fizzle than bang

The Rio+20 conference is billed as a "once in a generation" opportunity for global sustainability but it's expected to end with a whimper, not a bang.

Rio+20 conference wildfire extinction

A feared mass extinction of wildlife also endangers billions of humans who depend on them for food and livelihood, the Rio+20 conference has heard.

Rio+20: Getting power to the people

Economic growth, social equity, and a healthier environment are dependent on access to sustainable, clean and affordable energy.

Low hopes and raised brows for Rio+20 conference

As Brazil prepares for the conference on global development, the mood could not be more different than the Earth Summit 10 years ago.

Alarm bells ring over activist death toll

A new Global Witness report has revealed that environmental activists were killed at the rate of more than two a week in 2011.

Sustainable development hopes pinned on Rio+20 conference

A spirit of determination has prevailed at the UN press briefing about the Rio+20 conference which will take place in Brazil later this year.

Earth cannot carry our load

Scientists have succeeded in including 'planetary boundaries' for Rio+20, the UN conference in Rio de Janeiro on the global green economy.


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