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Thulwaneng Mashifane of SAEON’s Egagasini Node is interviewed by the media at Science Forum South Africa. Thulwaneng’s ocean modelling research on greenhouse gas emissions in the Benguela and its relevance in climate science and policy were highlighted in the interviews.

Various nodes in SAEON have been included in the SANParks Research Report (2017/2018). Collaborations between the two organisations are highlighted:

  • Marine Protected Areas - A SANParks/SAEON collaboration (with the Elwandle Coastal Node); 
  • Drought response monitoring in Central Kruger National Park (with the Ndlovu Node); and
  • Long-term vegetation monitoring: A flourishing collaboration in the arid Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (with the Arid Lands Node).  


Dr Joh Henschel, manager of SAEON’s Arid Lands Node, is cited in an article titled Die bruinsprinkaan: vriend of vyand (The brown locust: friend or foe), published in Landbouweekblad of January 25.

An article titled Lower Orange River a changing oasis, written by Marco Pauw of the Arid Lands Node, mentions that the Lower Orange River ecosystem is changing. Researchers from SAEON, SANParks and the University of the Witwatersrand have set out to determine how. The article was published in Safari News on December 1.

An article titled Tracking Vachellia erioloba dynamics over nearly four decades in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, by Dr Helga van der Merwe (SAEON) and Dr Hugo Bezuidenhout (SANParks), originally published in SAEON eNews of June 2018, was republished in the December 2018 edition of Grassroots, the magazine of the Grasslands Society of South Africa.

The SAEON Arid Lands Node intern in Prince Albert, Hana Petersen, published four more articles in Prince Albert Friend: The Emissaries of Spring (September 2018), Holoparasites, Halloween and Herbal Medicine (October 2018), Plastics in Porcupine Poo (November 2018) and Family Time - Animals Breeding over Festive Season (December 2018).

An article titled Pressures on the wetland hotspot regions of the Northern Cape, co-written by SAEON's Dr Betsie Milne, was published in the Jan/Feb 2019 edition of The Water Wheel, a bi-monthly magazine on water and water research published by the Water Research Commission.



Quest Magazine 1/2019 of published an article titled Surfing for science. The article first appeared in the December 2018 edition of SAEON eNews.



In Team SA unearths frightening truth, published in Weekend Post of February 16, Professor Tommy Bornman, manager of SAEON’s Elwandle Node, explains how evidence of ice melt on the underside of icebergs is an ominous new signature of climate change. Prof Bornman recently returned from a pioneering international expedition in the Southern Ocean.



Dr Nicky Allsopp, manager of SAEON’s Fynbos Node, was cited in an article published on on January 31 titled 50 Billion litres of water lost to alien trees in CT. She stressed the fact that stream flow measured in January in the Jonkershoek mountains – part of Cape Town’s catchment area – was below the long-term average.



SAEON’s hydrology expert, Dr Michele Warburton, was cited in article in The Witness of February 19, titled KZN water supply warning. Dr Warburton told The Witness that the Cathedral Peak situation was concerning. "This past December was our driest December on record – since we started monitoring in 1948," she said. What's concerning about not having enough rains in December and January is that, as we move into the dry period, there might not be enough reserves.”

An article titled Lightning, biodiversity, global change and Smarties in the mountains – say what?, by Paul Gordijn and Professor Tim O’Connor (SAEON), originally published in SAEON eNews of October 2018, was republished in the December 2018 edition of Grassroots, the magazine of the Grasslands Society of South Africa.



Clear water revival, an article published in Wild Magazine of December 1, describes the vital water quality monitoring done by ‘water warriors’ such as SAEON’s Thabo Mohlala, SANParks and organisations such as the Association for Water and Rural Development in the Olifants, one of the iconic rivers of the Kruger National Park.



A renewed drive in the bioenergy industry, an article published in Leadership of February 1, cites some of the research findings in South Africa’s first BioEnergy Atlas. The atlas was developed as a result of extensive research by the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The BioEnergy Atlas indicated that the country's potential in bioenergy was higher than initially thought.

An article titled Crowdsourcing the impact of global change on risk and vulnerability, written by SAEON’s Wim Hugo, Amelia Hilgart, Kerryn Warren and Hayden Wilson, was published in PositionIT of May 15, 2018.

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