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Innovation At City libraries Key Focus Of International Conference

The City boasts 102 libraries and three mobile libraries which play an important role in education and facilitating access to information.

These facilities will be in the spotlight when the 81st IFLA World Library and Information Congress takes place in Cape Town from 15 to 21 August 2015.

Cycling from Point A to Point B is Fun On Two Wheels

Young professionals are embracing cycling, as South Africans become more conscious of their movements from point A to point B.

An example of this is the Freedom Ride, which takes place in Johannesburg every year. The success of the ride shows growing enthusiasm for cycling amongst Johannesburg’s residents and at the same time bodes well for the success of the EcoMobility World Festival happening in October this year.

Open Design Cape Town 2015

The internationally renowned INDEX: Design to Improve Life® based in Copenhagen will participate as a collaboration partner with Open Design Cape Town Festival #Design4Tomorrow  #OpenDesignCT

The selection of innovative design that showcases how design improves lives in Africa and beyond, is a featured highlight of the festival’s “Design is for Tomorrow” 2015 Open Design expo showcase, which runs from 12-23 August 2015.

Connecting The Dots: How To Create Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries

South Africa’s inshore marine resources are badly overexploited. Traditional small-scale fishing communities are struggling to make ends meet.

Recognising that the collapse of our inshore resources will lead to not just degraded marine ecosystems but the collapse of social structures in these communities, WWF-SA, together with Pick n Pay and a number of other partners, has embarked on a small scale Fisheries Improvement Pr

City’s 107 call centre marks 15 years on the line

The City of Cape Town’s 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) celebrated its 15th birthday on Saturday 1 August 2015.

The City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre has grown in size and technological know-how since its launch on 1 August 2000, putting millions of residents in touch with the correct service providers.

Western Cape’s Fynbos Boosted By World Heritage Site Expansion

The King Protea in full bloom

Biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape has been given a significant boost as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) approved the extension of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (CFRPA) on the World Heritage List.

This approval was granted by the 39th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee currently taking place in the City of Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 08 July 2015.

Oceans of Life Photographic Competition 2015

The Oceans of Life Photographic Competition 2015 is the centrepiece of BirdLife South Africa’s Oceans of Life events.

By submitting your images to this photographic competition, you are personally helping BirdLife in their mission to protect marine environments.

Cape Town Green Map Turns Six

Green : An Informed Lifestyle Choice

The Cape Town Green Map launched On World Environment Day June 5, 2009, with an innovative, carbon neutral, virtual launch.

The Mayor of Cape Town extended a formal digital invitation to the virtual online launch – the first time that this had been done in the City. Now six years on, this legacy project from the City of Cape Town's Green Goal 2010 Action Plan, the environmental programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, is still at the forefront of “green” map making in South Africa.

Newly Discovered Beetle In Cape Town An Evolutionary Relic

Noordhoek Wetlands ©Bruce Sutherland | City of Cape Town

The Table Mountain National Park, already a World Heritage Site and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, is now also home to a new species of diving beetle that was recently discovered by scientists working in the area.

According to a paper that was recently published in the journal Systematic Entomology, this particular beetle known as the Capelatus prykei had been living in isolation in the Noordhoek Wetlands and it is so different from any other diving beetles in the world that it has been placed in its own genus.

Bugs Root Out Invasive Plants

Treating prickly pear with cochineal biocontrol

The City of Cape Town’s Insect Mass Rearing Facility in Westlake, has reared more than 80 000 insects for release across the city to help root out invasive plants.

The Invasive Species Unit’s Insect Mass Rearing Facility in Westlake is using an organic, cost-effective and environmentally safe biological control method to curb invasive plants by breeding and releasing their natural enemies: insects. This is part of the City’s efforts to create a more sustainable future for the city.

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