Governance

Governance

Safeguarded by one of the world's most progressive Constitutions, South Africa has an independent judiciary, a free press and a robust multiparty political system.

 

Research opportunities

South Africa spends around R5-billion a year on research and development and is recognised as a world leader in several fields, including organismic biology, earth sciences, astronomy and clinical medicine.
Court says yes to floor-crossing

Court says yes to floor-crossing

The Constitutional Court has given the go-ahead for politicians to cross the floor and join another political party without losing their seats, in a ruling which is likely to make a significant impact on the country’s political landscape.
Now we must walk the talk: Mbeki

Now we must walk the talk: Mbeki

The critical test of whether the Johannesburg World Summit had succeeded or not would be what happened from here, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on the closing night of what he described as "a big meeting, the biggest ever tried'.
Sustainable South Africa fact file

World Summit action plan

After 10 days of tough behind-the-scenes bargaining, over 100 heads of state and government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development agreed on a plan of action to eradicate poverty and protect the environment, concluding negotiations that took place over nine months and on three continents.
Goats and rural development

Goats and rural development

Using indigenous knowledge - and a resource her family has been living with for thousands of years - Grace Masuku is turning a community traumatised by the closure of local platinum mines into a thriving 21st century enterprise.
Sustainable South Africa fact file

Sustainable South Africa fact file

The theme of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development was 'People, planet, prosperity'. Here are 30 fast facts on how South Africa is giving substance to this slogan.
Turning the green alien tide

Turning the green alien tide

The environmental havoc wreaked by alien vegetation is arguably second only to global warming. SA's Working for Water project, the biggest conservation endeavour on the continent, tackles the problem head-on - at the same time employing 18 000 people who would otherwise be jobless.
Flushing wasteful toilet technology

Flushing wasteful toilet technology

While water-born sewage systems may seem preferable, high running costs make them inappropriate for many communities. For SA's largest sanitation NGO, the solution is simple, cheap, and earth-friendly. Please do not flush after use!
Jo'burg water: as good as bottled

Jo’burg water: as good as bottled

You needn't worry about bottled water when you're visiting Johannesburg - or most of the rest of the country, for that matter. Our tap water is constantly measured against international standards - and easily meets them.

Gardens for hunger & healing

When volunteers from Thuthukani clinic, north of Johannesburg, began doing home visits to people suffering from Aids and TB, they found that most of them had no food. So they started a food garden, introduced permaculture - and now they're feeding their patients, themselves, and some paying customers besides.

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