Climate change need not spell disaster for Africa, a panel of experts agrees. But to mitigate its effects, strong enforcement of laws needs to be put in place, and urban planning needs to be modernised and include urban green planning. Trees must be planted and open spaces preserved.
With a focus on green initiatives and sustainability, Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park takes its role seriously. It pays homage to the story of the famous hound and its master, whose love of the bushveld is the stuff of legends. But it also has a very modern sensibility to keep the environment as pristine and wild as possible.
The Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University will open Tshimologong Precinct in downtown Jozi, where a "Robin Hood strategy" will operate – those who can pay will; those who cannot will be sponsored. It will be a vast space where people can collaborate and create new digital technology.
A Google Hangout hosted by Brand South Africa saw expat South African tech gurus discussing ways to use their digital expertise to benefit their home country.
Africa's unprecedented economic growth, projected at 5% for the foreseeable future, is taking place in a very different environmental context to the 19th and 20th century growth spurts of Europe, the Americas, Japan and China. So to anyone interested in sustainable development, Africa’s next steps are fascinating.