Green valley lives up to its name


When Joaquin Valverde bought Valverde Country Hotel in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg in Gauteng, about nine years ago, he had a vision to transform what was an abandoned building into a thriving business.But Valverde didn´t want to do it the conventional way – he wanted an eco-conscious busines


Greening South Africa´s office spaces


Materialism and consumerism are two traits that have led to the degradation of the ecosystem and they must be replaced with thoughtful purchasing, say the organisers of South Africa’s Green Office Week (Gow), an annual initiative that promotes responsibility towards the environ


Maties in motion


Words by Emily van RijswijckThe University of Stellenbosch (SU) in the Western Cape has launched a cycling project to promote greener, more sustainable living on campus and, at the same time, resolve some of the university’s traffic problems.


Five things to do for Earth Hour


Switch off to switch on You might think that social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook keep you socially connected, but often the opposite is true. (Just how many online friends do you know? Exactly.) So, Earth Hour is the perfect time to get together with friends and switch off all comput


Green banking with Nedbank


Words by Rachel BriantThere are certain UK banks that invest only in that which is good, green and clean – namely Triodos ( and the Co-operative ( – but it is not immediately clear which local banks follow suit. Nedbank advertises itself as a ‘


Eskom warns of blackouts


South Africa’s national electricity supplier, Eskom, has released a press statement warning of a high risk of rolling blackouts in the near future. The parastatel maintains that it is doing all that it can to prevent such blackouts and supply problems from occurring.

Making sense of climate change


While climate change has recently become a new buzz word, many are still left wanting when it comes to understanding the magnitude of the phenomenon. A new, free app for iPhones and iPads called Just Science, aims to change this.