Gardening for Life

With the back of her hand, she wipes beads of sweat from her forehead and adjusts the headscarf that protects her from the sun. It is mid-morning, but Maggie Mbovu has already put in a good few hours of hard work, tilling the soil of her community garden.

Statice Heights: the new green “grassroots” neighbourhood

The City of Cape Town's Environmental Resource Management Department, together with the Housing Department and the NGO Green Communities, has developed a new “green” low cost housing settlement in Kewtown, Athlone. The new neighbourhood, dubbed, Statice Heights consists of 236 houses, all of which are involved in the project. 

Cape Town – a Responsible Tourism destination of note

Cape Town now has a Responsible Tourism Policy and Action Plan. The reason for the plan is to further enhance the city's position as a leading tourist destination, particularly as more and more travellers demand responsible travel as their holiday of choice.

Vision 2030 plans a greener future for Cape Town

Vision 2030, a project spearheaded by Accelerate Cape Town, aims to transform Cape Town into Africa's Global City, where inspiration and innovation will create sustainable growth and prosperity and develop a more equal and just society. Since the projected timeframe for such a transformation is two decades, the culmination of this vision will be in 2030.

Green Map goes to print

This is an invitation to all Capetonians, as well as the commercial sector, to submit your green sites for inclusion in the Cape Town Green Map, or simply suggest a green site here that is meaningful to you.

We are about to start the process of selection of listings for the print version of the map, due out in October 2009.

National Energy Efficiency Campaign helping to fight energy addiction

Both the production of energy and its usage, impact on the atmospheric emission of harmful and odorous gases contributing to global warming. We need to start thinking about energy in more sustainable ways, and the National Energy Efficiency Campaign is there to provide support and information to those willing to curb and manage our addiction.

Cape Town Green Map featured on CNBC

This three minute clip about the Cape Town Green Map was filmed a couple of weeks after the "virtual launch" of the map and appeared on CNBC Africa on Sunday evening.

Catch Philip Todres waxing lyrical about the Cape Town Green Map and a new kind of green revolution for Africa. And Brett Myrdal, Park Manager for Table Mountain National Park gives the map the green light from the top of Table Mountain.

The map will feature again on CNBC on Tuesday 28th July as part of a Business 2010 insert.

2010 Fifa World Cup in need of volunteers

Do you want to be part of the World Cup?

Applications are now open to volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. If you want to join in, the process is quite simple and easy, and there are positions open in environmental services for those who lean towards the green side of things.

Singing in the rain?

It wasn’t until former US Vice President, Al Gore’s documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, hit international screens in 2006 that a renewed sense of urgency about climate change entered mass, popular consciousness.


It was only recently also that environmentalists were ridiculed, sidelined and labeled “bunny huggers” or “lentil heads”.

Environmental show 50/50 now facing extinction

The SABC recently announced that it is “resting” the local environmental and conservation programme 50/50. This means that the 25 year old show has been taken off the air, with the promise that it might be reconsidered for broadcast at the beginning of next year.

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