Plastic-free surf contests for a “blue-er” ocean

Diony Lalieu

The 2017 Cobbles Classic surfing event and Cape Recife Music Festival in Port Elizabeth last weekend, heralded the start of a drive to create “plastic-free” surf contests in South Africa. Spearheading the campaign is Diony Lalieu, the winner of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer award at the SA Longboarding Championships hosted in Durban earlier this year. Continue reading “Plastic-free surf contests for a “blue-er” ocean”

Ocean of opportunities

Deep-sea exploration sparks renewed conservation efforts, but when it comes to protecting ocean life, competing commercial interests pose a huge challenge, writes FRED KOCKOTT.

This deep reef, 69 metres below the surface near Amanzimtoti, lies in the Twilight Zone of the ocean noted for low levels of sunlight and virtual darkness for human eyes. A diverse range of soft corals and sponges thrive in these conditions. Photo supplied: ACEP Spatial Solutions Project

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Massive indigenous tree planting drive takes root

A world without trees would be hell on earth

As a massive indigenous tree planting project takes root in South Africa, FRED KOCKOTT and JANE ROSS reflect on the relevance of a poignant tree planting tale from French author, Jean Giono.

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