Many African countries have active space agencies, whose earth-observation satellites help find natural resources, monitor elections, track weather, plan agriculture, deliver services, and support disaster relief and military security. Space tech may soon also connect hundreds of millions of Africans to the internet.
In 2030, rural communities are thriving and prosperous, cities are compact and energy efficient, the public know the dangers of climate change and unconstrained consumption of natural resources is no more. Our priorities, instead, are on the protection and rehabilitation of South Africa's natural assets.
For the first time in its 85-year history, the World Forestry Congress will come to Africa. The congress’s next gathering, held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, will take place in Durban in 2015.
• Ghana's world first in legal timber
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres, and South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is backing the initiative.
South Africa and the West African country of Ghana share a similar story of economic mismanagement by authoritarian rule followed by democracy, reform and remarkable growth - and now enjoy an increasingly favourable trade and investment relationship.