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Namaqualand flowers

South Africa’s plant life

South Africa's large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.
Walking for Eden

Healing in South Africa’s fynbos soil

A researcher at Stellenbosch University has discovered lantibiotics in fynbos soil. They have the same function as strong antibiotics and work to kill disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They could be an alternative to traditional treatments.
Cape fires are 'right on time' for fynbos

Cape fires are ‘right on time’ for fynbos, says UCT ecologist

As devastating as the ongoing fires around the Cape Peninsula have been to tracts of nature reserve and property, regular fires every 15 years are critical to the rebirth of fynbos-dominated ecosystems, says fynbos ecologist Dr Adam West.

Rooibos tea is good for you

A study at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has found that rooibos tea has helped to prevent liver damage in rats that had the liver-damaging chemical tert-butyl hydroperoxide. The tea may even reverse some of the damage done to the organ, it was found.
Rooibos takes the fight to diabetes

Endangered fynbos gets protection

A short drive from Cape Town's city bowl is the new Bothasig Nature Conservation Area, set up to protect the critically endangered Cape Flats plain fynbos.
Floral wealth in caring hands

Kirstenbosch celebrated in print

In 2013 the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town celebrates its 100th anniversary. A beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, has been published in honour of the garden’s centenary.
Floral wealth in caring hands

Floral wealth in caring hands

A South African fynbos conservationist has taken the lead by establishing Cape Town's first ever public-private environmental stewardship programme in a bid to preserve the country's valuable fynbos heritage.
SA wine farms invest in biodiversity

Walking for Eden, and elephants

The Eden to Addo Mega-Hike is a 400-kilometre walk through farmland and bush from the Knysna Forest to Addo Elephant Park. It’s also a pilgrimage to conservation, following what may be old elephant migration paths.
Slackpacking in the Cedarberg

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