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Four new marine protected areas

Four new marine protected areas

South Africa has proclaimed four new marine protected areas, bringing roughly 15% of its 3 000km coastline under protection, creating a framework for managing the country's fisheries, and consolidating some of the world's top research, eco-tourism, sport diving and fishing sites.

Bonds for people with HIV/Aids

Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin has announced changes to the Usury Act to protect both banks and borrowers when the latter suffer from incurable diseases and become too ill to repay their loans.
Opening SA's digital doorway

Opening SA’s digital doorway

The Digital Doorway project, which explores "minimally invasive education" as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy in rural and peri-urban areas, has installed more than 150 terminals across South Africa.

The Useful Plants Garden

A garden featuring 150 indigenous plants with a wide range of traditional uses, based on centuries of plant use knowledge from all the peoples and cultures of South Africa, has opened at Kirstenbosch in the Western Cape.
Court victory for single dads

Court victory for single dads

An unmarried father has won joint custody and joint primary residency for his son in a landmark Johannesburg High Court ruling that has given unmarried fathers' rights a big boost.

Employing the disabled: guidelines

The Department of Labour has launched technical guidelines on employing people with disabilities, aimed at giving practical help to employers and employees on how to implement non-discriminatory measures such as affirmative action.

Emergency contraception hotline

The Western Cape has launched a 24-hour toll-free hotline for information and referrals on emergency contraception - the first of its kind in Africa.

Tackling child abuse online

The Volunteer Child Network website offers volunteers access to a range of information, including details of over 500 organisations active in combating child abuse.

People, poverty and parks

Following a call by Nelson Mandela to make protected areas useful for poverty alleviation, the fifth World Parks Congress in Durban has passed a number of recommendations on poverty and protected areas, challenging the conventional approach of excluding people and prohibiting resource use within protected areas.

Business looks to eco ‘standards’

The director of the World Conservation Union (WCU), Akim Steiner, says the business sector has expressed willingness to contribute towards conservation as part of their social responsibilities towards sustainable development.


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