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Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account

Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate 'natural capital' into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development.
"We leave this Summit with a strong and robust commitment to give life to the good ideas that came from the debates, and to scale up the commitments contained in the Gaborone Declaration across the whole African continent and indeed the wider world,"
- Ian Khama, President of Botswana

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Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account

Source: MongaBay, Thu June 14, 2012
Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate 'natural capital' into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development.

Used shipping containers find new use as classrooms

Story contains video Source: GizMag, Sun March 18, 2012
The 39-foot (12-meter) long, shipping container is living a second life as a classroom for 5-6-year old pupils at the Vissershok School, Cape Town, South Africa.

Ambitious plans for 5 gigawatt solar plant in South Africa

Story contains video Source: GizMag, Sun November 07, 2010
Laying claim to “what will be the world’s largest solar power plant” is difficult these days with so many in development, but the Texas-based Fluor corporation is drawing up plans for a five gigawatt (GW) plant in South Africa that would certainly make it amongst the world’s largest.

Sub-Saharan Africa leads drop in new HIV infections

Source: AFP, Fri September 17, 2010
Sub-Saharan Africa, the region worst affected by AIDS, is leading a decline in new HIV infections, UNAIDS said Friday, with new infections in the area declining by over a quarter in the last decade.

South Africa murder rate shows sharp fall

Source: BBC, Thu September 09, 2010
The murder rate has fallen by 8.6% over the past year in South Africa, latest statistics show.

Green goals set for world cup 2010

Source: Sideways News, Tue December 01, 2009
A new Green Goal 2010 programme has been launched in South Africa to make sure that next year's World Cup event is as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Zuma announces new Aids policies

Source: Sideways News, Tue December 01, 2009
South Africa's president has announced that testing for Aids will be expanded and all HIV-positive babies will receive treatment.

Soweto’s miracle: From strife to World Cup glow

Source: Yahoo! News, Tue June 16, 2009
Having seen one impossible dream come true — the death of apartheid — Soweto is getting ready for another: the arrival of soccer's World Cup, the most-watched sporting event on the planet.

HIV in South Africa ‘levels off’

Source: BBC, Tue June 09, 2009
South Africa's HIV epidemic has levelled off at an infection rate of 10.9% for those aged two or older, according to a new study.

‘Not On Our Watch’ Donates Cash For Programs Supporting Zimbabwean Refugee Children

Source: Ecorazzi, Thu June 04, 2009
Not On Our Watch, the international advocacy and aid organization founded by actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub and human rights lawyer David Pressman, has awarded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF a grant of $438,000 to assist at-risk Zimbabwean refugee children living on the South Africa-Zimbabwe border.

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