Geography and climate
Financing was a priority topic at the World Forestry Congress in Durban this week. Another was
the youth and their vital role in planning and managing forestry and agriculture. The theme,
investing in a sustainable future, was debated by delegates from around the world.
A decades-long study of the rocks in South Africa's Karoo has revealed that a single cataclysmic
event on land and sea led to the Permian extinction, when life on Earth nearly came to an end. It
happened about 200 million years before the dinosaurs died out, and was more severe.
South Africa's Vredefort Dome, a Unesco World Heritage site, has jumped another hurdle and is nearer to being formally protected under local law after an agreement was signed between the government and landowners in the area.
Celebrations erupted at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront on Friday night as Table Mountain was provisionally named a New 7 Wonder of Nature following a three-year global race to choose the world's seven most wonderful natural sites.
South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more
than 2 500km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast,
southwards around the tip of Africa, then north to the border with subtropical
Mozambique on the Indian Ocean.
South Africa and its provinces, regions, cities and suburbs. Tourist accommodation
and recreation venues. Get the big picture – then zoom in close and get the
details – with a range of excellent mapping websites.
SA has the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world, and is the only country
to contain an entire floral kingdom. The Cape Peninsula National Park has more
plant species within its 22 000 hectares than the whole British Isles or New