Campaigners in South Africa halt Shell's oil exploration

Local campaigners have blocked Shell from exploring oil on South Africa’s eastern coastline. In a battle pitting the oil company against the community, the court ruled that Shell halt its seismic tests.

Cape Town "Day Zero" drought risk lurking around the corner

The human-caused climate change made the ‘Day Zero’ drought in southwestern South Africa — named after the day when Cape Town’s municipal water supply would need to be shut off — five to six times more likely.

Ultra-sensitive radio telescope debuts in South Africa

South Africa has officially switched on MeerKAT, billed as the most sensitive radio telescope of its type on the planet.

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.

Cape Town water crisis: adapting to a water-scarce future

Cape Town might have dodged Day Zero, but a new hyper-consciousness of water use looks set to be the new normal — and not just for the drought-hit African city.

South Africa declares national disaster amid water crisis

Although Cape Town has pushed back day zero – the day that the city runs out of water – until June 4, the country re-assessed the magnitude of the drought and determined that it has reached disaster proportions.

Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water

The drought-stricken city announced that it will begin marking 200 collection points where its 3.7 million residents will be required to queue for a rationed supply of water on ‘Day Zero’ – currently forecast to be April 21, 2018.

7000 plastic bottles become a 20m beacon of light

A 20m tower made from more that 7 000 recycled plastic bottles on a redundant communications tower beams messages of hope and trust over Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa launches major new trial of AIDS vaccine

South Africa on Wednesday begins a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the "final nail in the coffin" for the disease.