The Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF) held it 28th conference from the 3rd to the 5th of September at the Lady Oppenheimer Hall, McGregor Museum in Kimberley and was attended by a network of 100 people from state, provincial, educational and research institutions.
An indigenous South African plant and traditional San medicine has made its debut in a high-profile international medical journal. The Namaqualand herb, Sceletium tortuosum, has been used for centuries by the San as a medicine, stress reliever and mood enhancer. Research conducted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) professors on Zembrin, a patented pill form of the herb, showed it had an impact on the parts of the brain involved in managing anxiety.
SA Calls for Concerted and Co-ordinated Efforts to address Land Degradation and Drought at the CoP11 to the UNCCD
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa has called for the community of nations to arrive at an agreement that recognises that desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) is a reality which has impacted negatively on the livelihoods of humanity in a manner that cannot be ignored anymore.