The Western Cape provincial government has launched e-booklets that will help to fast-track climate change resilience in agriculture.
The e-booklet on climate change entitled The Mercury Rises is based on the popular award-winning radio series Die Kwik Styg. The e-booklets are available in the three official languages of the Western Cape – English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa.
Speaking at the launch, Western Cape Agriculture Minister Dr Ivan Meyer highlighted that climate change was one of his Ministerial priorities and that the publication of the e-booklets provided "another platform to advance a climate-resilient future for the sector”.
“We must take the lead in ensuring that the agriculture sector becomes a low-carbon, climate change-resilient sector by advocating climate-smart production practices,” he said.
The e-booklets cover 14 topics selected from the 104 radio programmes broadcast on radio station RSG from 2018 to 2020. The series was the first-ever programme on climate change to be broadcast on radio in South Africa.
RSG has also recently announced plans to re-broadcast the series from April as a result of the its popularity and important content.
Embedded radio technology allows the reader to listen to the original radio programme while reading the booklet.