Over 2 000 leading members of the global conservation fraternity converge in Durban this week for the World Parks Congress, a once-in-a-decade opportunity to take stock of, and chart new directions for, the world's protected areas.
Extinction is forever - or is it? On 12 August 1883 the last living quagga died at the Amsterdam zoo, and the world believed this unusual type of zebra had gone the way of the dodo. But for the last 20 years a team of South Africans have been working to bring the beast back from the dead, with the third generation of specially bred foals now being born.
The World Bank has committed over R60-million towards the creation of a massive transfrontier conservation and development programme encompassing areas in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Lesotho.
The Compensation Fund, which compensates workers for disability or death caused by occupational injuries or diseases, says it will not hesitate to prosecute employers who withhold information on workplace accidents.
South Africa will retain its current 400-member National Assembly and proportional representation system for the 2004 general elections, before implementing the changes recommended by an independent task team.
Concerned about free basic water and water cut-offs? Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils has called for public comment on the Draft Water Services White Paper, which aims to improve water and sanitation supply in the country.
The Food Price Monitoring Committee has introduced a toll-free number and e-mail address to encourage consumers to report acts of predatory food pricing in the food production and supply sector.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund has gone fully electronic - but less than 10% of South Africa's employers have supported its move to a database system, and complied with the law, by forwarding their employees' particulars to the Fund.
The Cape-Town based Zip Zap Circus takes children from all walks of life, gives them free training in circus and life skills, tours the country putting on free shows, raises most of its own funding through corporate and stunt work, and has even bigger plans for its future. Don't skimp on the applause!
One of the biggest conservation areas in the world has been signed officially into being, with SA, Mozambique and Zimbabwe leading the way in one of the boldest cross-border initiatives currently unfolding in southern Africa: the development of transfrontier parks.