eThekwini Water & Sanitation, a part of Durban Municipality in South Africa, has been named the 2014 winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award, for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services.
With her background in botany, Smith thought of using rooibos – a plant that is a popular tea product and is known across the globe for its medicinal properties.
Ms. Jeunesse Park of South Africa and the Bangladeshi non-government organization (NGO) Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha are the co-winners of the UNEP Sasakawa Prize 2007, a $200,000 prize awarded yearly to individuals or institutions who have made a substantial contribution to the protection and management of the environment.
Local solution to protect the Mngazana Estuary, regarded as the most important estuary in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with its 140 hectare stand of mangroves, is proving effective with four enterprises dependent on the mangroves which provide an incentive not to harvest.
In South Africa, as with many other countries, family planning and reproductive health services are targeted towards women. However, in many African households men are the sole-decision makers. Therefore, while women are equipped with the necessary knowledge to make better decisions about the well being of their lives, they are not empowered to make changes.