Science

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Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?

We have analysed the data, and can now answer this question

By Piotr Wolski - 19 July 2018
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Why do informal settlements get cluttered with litter?

UCT survey of Island in Khayelitsha provides some answers

By Emma Green - 29 June 2018
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HIV treatment programme doing well but long way to go

About 60% of South Africans with HIV have started antiretrovirals

By Ashleigh Furlong - 26 June 2018
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H₂O International’s motives not pure

The purifying company’s South African franchise has made unproven claims about municipal water

By Eryn Scannell and GroundUp Staff - 16 May 2018
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Herbex made unproven claims about weight loss products

Advertising Standards Authority uses its fangs again after years of litigation

By Annie Cebulski and Eryn Scannell - 10 April 2018
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How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job

Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article

By George Claassen - 9 April 2018
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Will there be more rain this winter?

The sooner we know the answer, the sooner we can prepare for summer 2019

By Peter Johnston and Piotr Wolski - 15 March 2018
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Killing rats: a clash of values

NSPCA and city’s residents disagree on how to do pest control

By Nicoli Nattrass, Jed Stephens and Jorich Loubser - 23 February 2018
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Is Cape Town’s drought the new normal?

Here is what climate science tells us

By Piotr Wolski - 1 November 2017