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Finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards

Finalist African Impact @African_Impact

With seven categories as well as the much-coveted ‘Overall Winner’, the competition has stepped up a notch for the finalists just announced .

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa).

April 22 is Earth Day

This year’s campaign is all about environmental & climate literacy.
Stand up!  Join up!  Take action!
 
Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy
 
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet.

Tian Jiang Concert in support of Rhino Disharmony

Tian Jiang in concert

A unique evening of music, dance, singing and art in aid of Rhino Disharmony, featuring, amongst others, world renowned concert pianist Tian Jiang who will perform in Cape Town for one night only.

If you are free on 20 April, please consider attending the concert as per details below featuring, amongst others, internationally renowned pianist, Tian Jiang
Born in Shanghai during the early days of China's Cultural Revolution, Tian Jiang is recognized for his signature col

Go-Ahead for Reliance Compost Waste to Energy Project

Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, receives green light for R250 million Waste to Energy project at Corona Farm in the Paarl region. 

All appeals against the project have been dismissed by authorities, giving the final go-ahead to the first of its kind project.
 
Not only will this project generate energy from organic waste, but it will directly and indirectly create over 1000 jobs, save landfill space and carbon emissions, as well as see depleted agricultural soils being rebuilt to hig

City turns sod for Manenberg Integrated Park

July 2018 is completion date of the Manenberg Integrated Park

Extract of speech by Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the sod-turning for the Manenberg Integrated Park, part of R74 m investment - the start of a new chapter in Manenberg.

"It is a new beginning for the people of Manenberg.
 
It also signals the success of the partnership between the people of Manenberg and government. 
 
We were here about 18 months ago with the Western Cape Government when we announced that we had a new vision for this area. 

Greenpop plants 8 000 indigenous trees at Platbos Forest Reserve

42 000 trees planted at Platbos over past 7 years

One thousand festival-goers got their hands dirty at Greenpop’s 7th annual Reforest Fest in the Platbos Forest Reserve near Hermanus. 

Together with St George’s Grammar School and St Cyprian's School, they planted 8000 trees.
 
Greenpop’s Tree-E-O Misha Teasdale: 
 
“We dig it!

Open Streets Day in Mitchells Plain this Sunday

Explore a street as a space that connects people
A section of Eisleben Road will be a car-free zone on Sunday 2 April 2017, from 12:00 until 17:00, with the celebration of Open Streets Day in Mitchells Plain. 
 
The Open Streets Day in Mitchells Plain follows on from the very successful Open Streets days that were hosted in Langa and Bellville in October and November 2016 and in the Cape Town city centre in January this year.
 
‘The City supports Open Streets as a platform to demonstr

Cape Town drought crisis: water quality remains high, safe for drinking

103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels

Water quality is closely monitored via a large number of water samples analysed according to the stringent South African National Standards (SANS 241:2015) requirements.

As at 27 March 2017, dam levels have declined to 27,3% which is 1,3% down from a week ago.
 
With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 17,3 %, with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels.

Cape Town ranked as global leader in climate disclosure

Cape Town ranked as one of the top five cities in the world out of 533 cities for demonstrating leadership in climate disclosure where we measure and disclose our energy and climate action data annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 
 
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE:
 
This achievement saw Cape Town joining over 500 cities, 100 state and regional governments, and 5 800 companies who are now measuring and disclosing climate action data on an annual basis in order to manage emissions, build resilience, and protect themselves from the growing impacts of cl

Join Cape Town in switching off the lights for Earth Hour

Sunshine Cinema Earth Hour Event at V&A Waterfront - info below

Earth Hour is an annual global event highlighting the environmental challenges facing our planet and is celebrated on the last Saturday in March for one hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time.

City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights on 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour. 
 
Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, City of Cape Town:
 
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