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Spotted!
How a surfer’s project turned the tide on shark fears

A brush with his own mortality stoked big wave rider and adventurer Greg Bertish into launching Shark Spotters – an internationally acclaimed bathing safety project that’s also doing wonders for

The Future We Want

Trad medicine matters:
WHO woos in Africa’s Covid cure search

Where Covid-19 treatments have divided the world and brought opprobrium to Donald Trump, a controversial African medicine has helped forge some common purpose, writes Fatima Khan 

Ocean Watch Uncategorized

A shiver of sharks:
Old stories tell another truth

Indigenous cultures venerated sharks, with a rich mythology that aided their preservation. It’s a lesson we can draw from today, writes Lisa Cloete  

Ocean Watch

How Old Oven Mitt capitalised on a famous exit (and came to the rescue of a struggling industry)

Did orcas frighten away False Bay’s cow sharks and what became of the great whites? Marine biologist Leigh de Necker and the Shark Spotters research team, play sleuths

Ocean Watch

In deep:
From barbel fishing to basking sharks

Young South Africans get little exposure to sea life, and that’s part of the reason sharks are demonised. Njabulo Mduli, tells about his journey from fear to fascination and shares

Environment Ocean Watch

Killer story: welcome twist to a tired old tale

Are South Africans warming to sharks? Roving Reporter, Natalie dos Santos, brings some heartening news from our chilly winter seas, even as fears grow for the future of these apex predators.

Environment The Future We Want

Giving the bird: chemical farming’s shocking consequences

Our addiction to chemical fertilisers and pesticides has taken a terrible toll on wildlife and human health, writes Dr Andrew Venter 

Coronavirus Chronicles The Future We Want

Techy tax:
Strides in renewable energy put fossil fuel power on the line

Eskom has little choice but to go green, but there are reasons it’s dragging its feet, writes Dr Andrew Venter

Conservation Watch Environment TOP STORIES

HIGH STAKES AT SOMKHELE
Mine expansion row puts lives on the line

Shootings, threats and other violence have ratcheted up tensions in Somkhele where a mine extension has exposed deep fault lines in a poor community. Fred Kockott and Matthew Hattingh report

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Rainbow’s end?
Dairymen rise to Covid-19 challenge but question own future

Times have long been tough for the country’s dairy farmers, squeezed between rising costs and flat prices.  Under lockdown they are, for the most part, bearing up well. Fatima Khan