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Local Tourism Entrepreneurs Take A Spot On The Global Stage

World Travel Market Africa event: 15 – 17 April 2015

Ten local tourism entrepreneurs will showcase their products and services at the City of Cape Town’s stand during the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa.

This will give them the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s top travel and tourism industry buyers.

Penguin Promises Waddle For A Week

The African penguin Waddlers

It is estimated that the African penguin could be extinct in the wild within 20 years!

This true fact has inspired a group of animal keepers to raise awareness about the plight of this iconic species by waddling from Gansbaai to Simonstown from the 13th-18th April 2015.

You can join the Waddlers and waddle all the way, part of the way or for just a few hours!

Kirstenbosch Scoops International Garden Tourism Award

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden came out tops in the recently announced 2015 International Garden Tourism Awards presented by the International Garden Tourism Network (IGTN) in Toronto, Canada.

Scooping the Garden of the Year Award has once more underlined the important role that Kirstenbosch plays in contributing to the country’s tourism figures and, having hit the one million visitors in a year in 2014, this award is a further boost for potential visitors.

False Bay Nature Reserve Hosts Annual Birdathon

Birdathon 2015

Discover nature on your doorstep with the annual Birdathon at the False Bay Nature Reserve.

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with BirdLife South Africa (BLSA) and the Cape Bird Club (CBC), will host a festival and family fun walk on Saturday 28 March 2015 at the False Bay Nature Reserve (FBNR).

City Libraries Mark South African Library Week

The theme for this year’s South African Library Week celebration is “Connect @ your library”. The theme explores the idea that libraries connect people with each other, with their communities, with knowledge and with information.

The City of Cape Town’s libraries will host a bumper line-up of activities for patrons young and old during South African Library Week which runs from 14 – 21 March 2015.

Cape Town Carnival Set To Light Up The City

The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of this year’s Cape Town Carnival!

The City is ready to host the Cape Town Carnival on Saturday, 14 March 2015 – an event which further positions the Mother City as the events capital of Africa.

New City Festival Builds Enthusiasm For Water Conservation

During National Water Week (16-22 March), an exciting new event, The Watershed Festival, hopes to restore the public’s appreciation of clean and accessible drinking water, reminding them of its worth, scarcity and the absence of a substitute. 

Cape Town’s fresh water supply is under major threat and according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) most analysts predict that South Africa’s water demand will outstrip its supply by 2025. Already the demand for water has overtaken supply in 60% of South Africa’s water management systems.

National Award for Skilpadsvlei Wetland Restoration Project

Skilpadsvlei Wetland Restoration Project

The award-winning Skilpadsvlei wetland restoration project is one of Cape Town’s significant environmental initiatives.

This area has been rehabilitated to be, among others, a breeding site for the endangered western leopard toad in the Kommetjie area. In celebration of World Wetlands Day which took place on 2 February 2015, Councillor Johan van der Merwe  officially received the national wetland award which was bestowed on the City during the National Wetland Indaba last week.

Why is False Bay Nature Reserve So Important?

False Bay Nature Reserve ©Bruce Sutherland - City of Cape Town

Fifty percent of the world's wetlands have been destroyed. Without suitable wetland habitat, many species of animals and plants could soon be homeless.

False Bay Nature Reserve is a designated Ramsar site: a wetland of international importance, the only one in Cape Town and one of 22 in South Africa.

City To Convert Landfill Gasses Into Energy

Strandfontein Landfill ©Bruce Sutherland - CoCT

The City recently successfully registered its programme of activities for a series of landfill gas to energy conversion projects with the United Nations.

This will assist in offsetting the City’s carbon footprint and meeting international emissions targets.

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