As South Africa prepares to head to the polls, political leaders have been doing a tour of the nation’s mega churches to campaign for votes. South Africa is a deeply religious society and over 85% of the population identifies as Christian. However, 30 years into democracy, the kind of Christianity being practised is changing quite dramatically. Politicians are more likely to focus on indigenous African churches and pentecostal services because, writes Dion Forster, these are the fastest-growing Christian churches. He tells us why.

Cement makes up a huge part of the modern world. It’s used to create the concrete that goes into buildings and other infrastructure. Producing it from limestone uses a lot of energy and emits a lot of carbon dioxide. Civil engineering professor Elsabe Kearsley outlines what’s being done to reduce its environmental impact.

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Christianity is changing in South Africa as pentecostal and indigenous churches grow – what’s behind the trend

Dion Forster, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Christianity is evolving. Mainstream churches like the Methodists and the Catholics are losing ground to indigenous and pentecostal groups.

Cement is a big carbon emitter and quality is costly: a civil engineer explains

Elsabe Kearsley, University of Pretoria

A tonne of carbon dioxide is released for every tonne of cement manufactured from limestone.

Wildlife traffickers carried on their illegal trade during COVID lockdown – what legal traders can learn from their resilience

Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town; Meredith Gore, University of Maryland

The COVID-19 pandemic did not deter wildlife traffickers from going about their illegal business. Their methods may offer lessons about resilience in crisis scenarios such as climate emergencies.

Tanzania’s political parties have few women in leadership and candidate lists: some solutions

Victoria Melkisedeck Lihiru, The Open University of Tanzania

CCM and Chadema’s commitments to gender equity start and end with the establishment in each party of a women’s wing.

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