The Labyrinth is back and it is beautifulLouise 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 SantiagoMark Swilling, 28 May 2014Latin 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 InstituteLouise 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.Read more ...
Lynedoch Youth ProgrammeMark 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 AgendaMark 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).Read more ...
Greening African Economies, AbujaMark Swilling, 29 March 2014
Carboon Footpringint GuideMark Swilling, 10 February 2014
Prof Russel Botman selects iShack Project as his #neknominationMark Swilling, 8 February 2014
Assessing Global Land UseMark Swilling, 2 February 2014
Letter from EthiopiaMark Swilling, 10 December 2013
Masters students present their researchMark Swilling, 9 December 2013
Josephine Musango selected for global South science workshopMark Swilling, 9 December 2013
Celebrating what Mandela celebrated - our childrenMark Swilling, 8 December 2013
Making National Development Work: SPL leads the dialogueMark Swilling, 1 December 2013
SI Supports Global Partners for a Sustainable Recycling SectorMark Swilling, 1 December 2013
Our Lynedoch Bikers RockMark Swilling, 1 December 2013
Reflections on the SMART City Expo, BarcelonaMark Swilling, 1 December 2013
SI develops guidelines for greener livingMark Swilling, 29 November 2013
Mark & Eve on sabbatical in LondonMark Swilling, 11 September 2013
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