South Africa | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 2
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

Rhino poaching numbers fall fo

Rhino poaching numbers fall for fifth consecutive year in South Africa

South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries revealed this week that the number of rhinos poached has fallen for the fifth consecutive year. According to the department, 594 rhinos were poached last year. That's still a painful number to read, but it does represent a sizable Read More...

South Africa debuts cutting ed

South Africa debuts cutting edge new drug to tackle HIV

7.7 million South Africans live with HIV, accounting for 20% of the global prevalence of the disease, but a new cutting edge antiretroviral drug could significantly combat this statistic. The new antiviral medication, known as the TLD method, contains the critical ingredient dolutegravir and Read More...

A carbon tax is going into eff

A carbon tax is going into effect next week in South Africa

In a bid to drive down emissions and spur the transition to clean energy in South Africa, the country has joined a list of about 40 countries worldwide to adopt a carbon-pricing program. The first phase of the carbon tax will run until December 2022 and will go into effect next. Under the Read More...

Lost and found.

Lost and found.

Carmel Wroth | November 2009 issue Back in 2006, when a friend was grieving the death of her son, filmmaker Jennifer Steinman wanted to help. She offered to take her friend on a trip to AIDS-stricken South Africa, thinking that volunteering to help others would help her friend heal. Five mothers Read More...

Angela Rackstraw: Inspiring ho

Angela Rackstraw: Inspiring hope through art therapy

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu says Angela Rackstraw has made great strides at breaking down racial and cultural barriers in South Africa through art and art education. Desmond Tutu | Jan/Feb 2009 issue Angela Rackstraw, Founder, Community Art Therapy. Cape Town, South Africa Photo: Chris Read More...

School for social change

School for social change

At a pioneering academy in Johannesburg, underprivileged Africans are learning to become entrepreneurs. Fred De Vries | October 2007 issue Behind the public library, at the corner of Commissioner and Sauer streets, the problems of Johannesburg—and other cities on the African continent—are Read More...

Textbook success

Textbook success

How a jobless young man became a world leader. Fred De Vries | October 2007 issue Lucky Madonsela grew up in an illegal settlement near Duduza township, east of Johannesburg. He had been unemployed for three years when he applied to CIDA in 2004. Once in school, he developed into an exemplary Read More...