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.
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.
Housing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.