The spread of shothole borer beetles in South Africa is proving tough to control

6 November 2018 – A tiny tree-killing beetle with the awkwardly long name of Polyphagous Shothole Borer was detected in South Africa for the first time last year. It’s now attacking and inserting its deadly fungal ally, Fusarium euwallaceae, in a wider array of tree species across a much wider geographical area. Read more…


South Africa’s leading supermarket rewards recyclable bag reuse

24 October 2018 – South African supermarkets have also come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic, now images of littered oceans and beaches become commonplace. Read more…


Can the World Change Course on Climate Change?

18 October 2018 – A new United Nations report warns that the severe impacts of global warming would occur by 2040, or in the lifetime of today’s working-age people. Read more…


Bees are dying at an alarming rate

4 October 2018 – Alarm bells are sounding globally over the disappearance of pollinators, but the Dutch capital has proved to be a success story. Read more…


New irrigation book – valuable resource for wine grape growers

27 August 2018 – The project was initiated by the Institute for Grape and Wines Science’s (IGWS) Viticulture Technology Transfer Platform. Willem Botha of Netafim quoted Dean Kamen: “Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation. For Netafim as a company, it is vital to be involved in innovative initiatives. Irrigation is a critical component of successful wine grape farming. Our involvement in this project is a small contribution to help distinguish South Africa as a leader in irrigation.” Read more…


Farmers in Southern Africa warned of extended dry spell this year

20 August 2018 – SADC farmers have been advised not to sell their food stocks harvested last season, as the region expects an extended dry spell this coming rainy season. Read more…


Deadliest year on record for land and environmental defenders

26 July 2018 – Global Witness today reveals that at least 207 land and environmental defenders were killed last year – indigenous leaders, community activists and environmentalists murdered trying to protect their homes and communities from mining, agribusiness and other destructive industries. Read more…


Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA’s food, beverage industries

23 July 2018 – In an era of uncertainty, when it comes to both power supply and pricing, renewable energy sources can provide South Africa’s food and beverage industries certainty in both supply and costs. Read more…


Chile to Become First Country in the Americas to Ban Plastic Bags

17 July 2018 – Congress unanimously approved the measure. Read more…


South-western parts of SA could receive above normal rainfall

3 July 2018 – The South African Weather Service reiterated its view that the south-western parts of South Africa could receive above normal rainfall during late winter, which is July to September 2018. Read more…