While South Africa pumps billions into coal and nuclear power, smaller entrepreneurs are helping communities deal with soaring electricity prices by offering affordable and novel ways to cook and boil water. SunFire, offering several clean cooking technologies, is one such initiative.
Sustainability and Disruption
Fairview has recently been awarded as the title of "first carbon-neutral cheesery on the African continent" by the Carbon Protocol of South Africa. This quest by the high-profile speciality cheese producer started in September 2009.
There is a new water source that is pure and does not draw from the precious and ever-scarcer water resources of South Africa – enough water to ensure safe drinking water for each and every South African and it is all around us – the air. And it is being realised by innovative water dehumidifying technology developed by a Durban company.
Kraft Foods reports that sustainability programs have seen the giant group reduce manufacturing waste by 50% since 2005, and that it now boasts 36 facilities in 13 countries that send zero waste to landfills.
The world urgently needs new and sustainable sources of protein. Two South African entrepreneurs believe one answer lies in the humble maggot (larva of a fly). Their business, AgriProtein, is already well on the path to large-scale commercialisation of a win-win-win, non-marine-based alternative for livestock and fish farming feed.
An earlier article on UCT's Professor Jill Farrant notes that in 40 years time, as people sit down to a bowl of cornflakes at breakfast time, they might just want to close their eyes and offer thanks to this South African scientist. Farrant's work on developing drought-resistant plants could have a profound impact on the world as climate change affects agriculture - and it is for this reason that Farrant has been selected as the African/Arab laureate for the 2012 L’Oréal-Unesco Awards in Life Sciences. Every year it recognises five exceptional women scientists from around the world, from hundreds of nominations.
Pick n Pay has been recognised by the World Wildlife Fund-South Africa (WWF0SA) for its commitment to transforming its entire fresh, frozen and canned seafood operations by the end of 2015 in a bid to address concerns about the exploitation of global seafood resources.
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