South Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.
• New technologies for social housing
Scientists from Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape have developed and patented an inexpensive and effective filtering device that could provide safe drinking water to millions of people. This innovation can considerably reduce the prevalence of water-borne illnesses such as cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.
• Courts to protect SA's water
South African archaeologists have found the earliest evidence of human-made stone-tipped arrows, that push the emergence of bow-and-arrow technology back 20 000 years and throw light on humanity's cognitive development.
• South Africa's mammal-like croc discovery