Rural health care workers in South Africa are a hardy, dedicated lot. They travel great distances and often have to make do with what they have at hand. But it also gives them a close bond with their patients and an insight into treating the whole person. These challenges make them better doctors, says Rural Doctor of the Year Jenny Nash.
Dr Buyisiwe Sondezi is a rare breed. The University of Johannesburg student overcame early stumbling blocks as a young learner to become the first woman in Africa to be awarded a doctoral degree in experimental physics of highly correlated matter.
Social media is democracy in action, and the government is quickly catching on to its cool factor – and its ability to build personal relationships between citizens and what has always been perceived as a monolithic, out of touch structure. Social media has its downfalls, but getting up close and personal with the electorate outweighs these.
Khi Solar One is Africa's first concentrated solar power plant. Situated outside of Upington in the Northern Cape, the 140-hectare plant will produce 50 megawatts of power by using 4 200 concave mirrors to reflect and concentratea large area of sunlight onto a small area on a 205 metre tower.
Seafood is popular on many menus, but over-fishing is costing the oceans dearly. Aquaculture is one answer, with fish farmed for consumption in protected environments. In South Africa, the industry is in its infancy, but companies are farming fish that are green-listed on the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative.