• The Labyrinth is back and it is beautiful

    Louise Bezuidenhout, 6 June 2014

    This morning students from the Ecological Design and Sustainable Agriculture modules helped plant 15 Virgilia (Keurboom) trees around the new labyrinth. These trees will in time form a beautiful holding space for the labyrinth. A huge thank you goes out to Bryce, Qhinga and all the students who have helped us reconstruct the labyrinth, it looks absolutely stunning and is ready to be walked, and cleaned :), to your heart's content!

  • Listening to Alicia Barcena in Santiago

    Mark Swilling, 28 May 2014
    Latin America faces same challenge as Africa

    Listening to Alicia Barcena, head of the Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC) today in Santiago was a revelation. I have not heard anywhere in Africa such a clear articulation of the profoundly anti-developmental consequences of  the expanded role of the mining sector in developing country economies as a result of the commodity boom in recent years. They have calcuated that a $1 m investment in mining only creates 1 job. They are advocating various measures to improve 'resource governance', including resource rent taxation, etc. If I came all the way to listen to this, it was worth the trip. We really need to integrate these Latin American perspectives into the African discourse. Click HERE for the speech, although she did not stick totally to the script, elaborating in particular her strong belief that Latin American countries have become exporters of their natural resources in return for resource rents that have only benefitted a rich elite while the goods for everyday living are largely imported. Resource rents are not funding developmental processes, such as investments in human capital.

  • Trisoplast shipment arrives at the Institute

    Louise Bezuidenhout, 16 May 2014

    Eighty-three 1-ton bags filled with Trisplast premix all the way from Holland were offloaded at the Sustainability Institute on Wednesday. The forklift and three big trucks caused much excitement for the Lynedoch Primary school children who stumbled upon the offloading process on their way home. The Trisoplast premix will be used to line the new horizontal wetland, located next to the current vertical wetland. 

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  • Lynedoch Youth Programme

    Mark Swilling, 5 May 2014

    Check out the e-zine publication about the Lynedoch Youth programme posted on ISSUU - click HERE for the link. Truly remarkable set of interlinked activities that are changing the lives of young people every day.

  • Emerging African Agenda

    Mark Swilling, 30 March 2014

    I am on my way back from the joint AU/UN ECA Conference of Ministers of Finance and Economy. It was a remarkable experience watching Ministers engage in debates between peers. They were robust, well-informed and highly energized. Thanks to the influence of the World Economic Forum format of 'no speeches' and short inputs facilitated by a skilled moderator, the usual wasteful meaningless pomp and ceremony was hardly present (except when President Goodluck Jonathan's brass band started up as he came in and before his speech).

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  • Greening African Economies, Abuja

    Mark Swilling, 29 March 2014
  • Carboon Footpringint Guide

    Mark Swilling, 10 February 2014
  • Prof Russel Botman selects iShack Project as his #neknomination

    Mark Swilling, 8 February 2014
  • Assessing Global Land Use

    Mark Swilling, 2 February 2014
  • Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution

    Mark Swilling, 30 January 2014
  • Trying out alternative transport

    Mark Swilling, 19 January 2014
  • Letter to Madiba - lest we forget the 1980s

    Mark Swilling, 16 December 2013
  • Letter from Ethiopia

    Mark Swilling, 10 December 2013
  • Masters students present their research

    Mark Swilling, 9 December 2013
  • Josephine Musango selected for global South science workshop

    Mark Swilling, 9 December 2013
  • Celebrating what Mandela celebrated - our children

    Mark Swilling, 8 December 2013
  • Making National Development Work: SPL leads the dialogue

    Mark Swilling, 1 December 2013
  • SI Supports Global Partners for a Sustainable Recycling Sector

    Mark Swilling, 1 December 2013
  • Our Lynedoch Bikers Rock

    Mark Swilling, 1 December 2013
  • Reflections on the SMART City Expo, Barcelona

    Mark Swilling, 1 December 2013
  • SI develops guidelines for greener living

    Mark Swilling, 29 November 2013
  • Engaging the African Debate

    Mark Swilling, 5 November 2013
  • Mark & Eve on sabbatical in London

    Mark Swilling, 11 September 2013
  • Learning from the Land in India - Luke's Reflections

    Mark Swilling, 10 September 2013
  • Studying Agro-Ecology in India

    Mark Swilling, 9 September 2013