Simple solar solution for rural Africa

Pay-as-you-go solar technology is making it possible for remote and off-grid communities in Africa to generate their own electricity, reducing the need for lighting practices, such as burning kerosene oil, that are harmful and dangerous.
Africa leads solar laptop revolution

New social housing for East London

Social housing projects are an integral part of the government's quest to enhance racial integration in South Africa, Eastern Cape Economic Development MEC Mcebisi Jonas said at the launch of the multi-million rand Southernwood social housing project in East London.

Housing finance help on the way: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma had good news for South Africans who are struggling to secure finance for housing during his 2012 State of the Nation address.

Household debt ‘on the mend’

The decline in the number of civil judgments for debt shows household balance sheets are on the mend in South Africa, an Investec economist says, while warning that a substantial slowing in economic activity would slow this trend.

Society ‘must help tackle alcohol abuse’

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has called on families, communities and civil society to help in the fight against alcohol abuse.

Residential building sector stabilising

The value of recorded building plans passed by larger municipalities increased by almost five percent from January to June compared with last year, and expectations are that South Africa's residential building sector is stabilising after a big decline in recent years.

R9bn fund for affordable housing

Old Mutual's investment arm has raised R9-billion for its innovative Housing Impact Fund for South Africa, which targets the gap in the market between state-subsidised housing and those who have access to bank home finance.

Spotlight on South Africa’s street children

A new national strategy, aimed at addressing the specific needs of South Africa's street children, will offer guidance on their protection and reintegration, but will also focus on effective early intervention.
Youth Month focus on employment

Home-grown nutrition research

South Africa is one of several countries participating in a new initiative known as Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come, or Sunray. Launched earlier in April, Sunray aims to develop a nutrition agenda for Africa, with specific emphasis on the 34 sub-Saharan countries.
Quality inputs for Kenya's farmers