Grand Inga Dam is a titanic hydroelectric project on the Congo River with an enormous electric grid that would start from Inga Falls extending physically, and taking its ramifications with it, from South Africa to Egypt. Started in the 70s, this project has become an obsession for the Congo and a gold mine for foreign investors. Its plans will include the rehabilitation of the Inga 1 and 2 dams, as well as constructing Inga 3 and 4.
Have you ever read the back of food labels and noticed the words: ‘Might be genetically modified’? No? Well you’re not alone. That’s how most South Africans would respond. But the reality is that many foods are genetically modified because South Africa is the world’s eighth largest GMO producer.
Alcohol is the main drug in South Africa with 30% of the population being either alcoholics or at risk of becoming so. According to WHO, South Africans drink in excess of five billion litres of alcohol per year. If that’s not bad enough, alcohol abuse tends to be a prerequisite to health problems, criminality and socio-economic burdens. But who is the abuser behind these statistics? And what can be done to prevent alcohol abuse?
It’s a scorching day in Khayelitsha. Even if it’s much too hot to stay in the sun, people are crowded in the middle of the streets, sweat trickling down their backs. The centre of their attention is Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, who is visiting a housing project. ‘When will sanitation be supplied?’ The residents ask him repeatedly. He promises them that he will make sure to fast-track it, before getting back into his car and driving away.
It’s 42 degrees outside. I’m standing in the back of a pickup truck with eight other girls, ducking from stray branches as we rocket along a bumpy dirt path leading back to the lodge. Sometimes we look back to check on the horse in the trailer we’re hauling. Yep, still dead.
Mental heath has been a mystery that has eluded the world for ages. While society continues to make exponential strides in diagnosing and treating physical illness somehow mental illness has fallen behind in every aspect from education and awareness to funding and treatment. So this poses an important question. Why doesn’t society have a better understanding of mental illness?
There comes a time in all of our lives when we grow weary – reach the point where we simply throw our hands up and say ‘I can’t do it anymore.’ The moments that our knees get weak and force us to take refuge in some place, some thought, some belief, or someone. Reaching the point of desperation isn’t a place of giving up, or admitting defeat – perhaps it is just the humble recognition that we can no longer do it all on our own.
In 1994, rather than trying crimes and violations of human rights committed during the apartheid era in a criminal court, South Africa decided to create the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) where perpetrators could seek amnesty in exchange for true and full accounts of the crimes they committed. The decision centred on the idea of reconciliation, which was a hallmark of the late Nelson Mandela’s leadership.
The war on drugs has been one of the most disastrous conflicts to have been fought. From South Africa to South London, it has ruined millions of lives, exacerbated addiction and cost governments around the world billions of dollars. In short, it’s been one expensive mistake.
Everyone has dreams and desires, but what if it were possible to experience our aspirations through our dreams? With the knowledge that we spend more than a third of our lives sleeping, wouldn’t it be beneficial to design a sleep habit that maximises this oneiric world? In fact, if someone told you that your dream state could potentially offer breakthroughs in all kinds of creative endeavours, would you be more interested then? If so, then welcome to the world of lucid dreaming.