George Ekama: saving SA precious water

Clean water is a basic human requirement, but in an arid country like South Africa keeping it flowing, can be a challenge. Professor George Ekama has made it his life’s work to keep the country’s taps running and clean. From tackling algal blooms in dams and rivers by preventing pollution from municipal and industrial wastewater…

SciBraai’s #SONA2015 round-up

Science plays a crucial role in improving the state of the nation. Here’s our twitter round-up from Zuma’s #SONA2015, focusing on energy & water, developing our ocean economy, agriculture, broadband access, health (HIV & TB) and rhino poaching. Zuma’s 9 steps: Science will be key to 9 steps for boosting SA economy, esp energy crisis, agro-processing, infrastructure & operation phakisa!…

The legacy of mining: an environmental and health disaster in the making

For episode 3 of The Science Inside, we went to Kagiso, a township in Johannesburg’s West Rand, where the community has had enough. This is a story about Johannesburg’s earthquakes, it’s about the whole country’s water supply and its about the innocent children of Kagiso. The Science Inside is produced by The Wits Radio Academy with funding…

Kagiso’s environmental and health hazard in pictures

I interviewed Mariette Lieferink for episode 3 of The Science Inside, and she took me on a tour of Kagiso, a township on Jozi’s West Rand, which is heavily affected by acid mine drainage. These pictures show Mariette informing a community, who are in the process of rising up against mines in the area, about the…