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Nicole runs for ‘I Am Somebody!’

Nicole Biondi, Regional Marketing Director of SANParks is running to raise funds for 'I Am Somebody!' - a Cape Town NGO, which helps S A's diverse youth to reach their highest potential."

"As you may know, the running bug bit me almost exactly one year ago and I’ve really being enjoying getting out there, pounding pavements and trails and reveling in the resulting endorphins," says Nicole Biondi, Regional Marketing Director of SANParks.

Earth Hour: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra unplugged & in the dark

For Earth Hour 2013, the City will switch off lights in its buildings, on Table Mountain and with the V&A Waterfront host an unplugged Cape Philharmonic Orchestra event. 

The City of Cape Town will once again show its support for Earth Hour this year when, on Saturday 23 March 2013, millions of people around the world switch off their lights from 20:30 to 21:30 (local time).

Cape Town celebrates National Water Week

During National Water Week the City’s dedicated unit steps up their water-saving awareness campaigns and events.

Thus far the City’s Water Management Strategy has reduced unaccounted for water losses by 5,1% during the 2010/11 financial year. This is in addition to compliance with national water quality checks.  

Fighting The Good Fight

Kumi Naaidoo, the first African international executive director of Greenpeace, takes a five-minute break from exposing the environmental enemies to answer a few questions on activism.

CHANGE AGENT: What kind of person becomes an environmental activist for Greenpeace?

KN: You know, it’s not who you think! When I first joined Greenpeace three years ago, I had this image of the hippy activist replete with heavy beard, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a diverse organisation filled with people who more often than not came from a corporate background.

Chalking - Infecting the City

See how artist Katharina Forster focuses on the environment as part of Infecting the City.

Forster creates environmental awareness and an opportunity to engage, which goes beyond working and shopping in the city. She uses 100% water soluble handmade chalk, so that each drawing washes away with the rain. Every day they are recreated at a new location so that by the end of the festival there may be flocks, or just one or two chickens in surprising, but clearly visible areas.

Wynberg Park master plan - City calls for comment

The City of Cape Town is developing a master plan for the upgrade of Wynberg Park, situated off Trovato Link Road in Wynberg. This plan will guide future development of the park.

The park is used extensively by surrounding communities and visitors from throughout the city for picnics, concerts, fun days, film shoots, events and braaiing. The park was established more than a century ago and boasts an impressive array of flora, which attracts visitors throughout the year.

Greening the Future nominations open

Nominations for Mail & Guardian's flagship environmental awards are now open.

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the awards, and as such they have been expanded. Nominations close on 3 May.

GIPCA Fellows consider man and the (Cape) environment

Two Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellows consider the real and imagined, with regard to relationships between man and his environment, in the context of the historical Cape.

Their works will be presented to the public as part of the 2013 Infecting the City Festival programme.

High Heels and High Agendas

Hell hath no fury like a woman on a mission. Jeunesse Park of Food and Trees for Africa has been spreading a message of hope throughout Southern Africa.

Jeunesse Park has nothing against hippies. In fact it was the ‘flower power’ generation that fed her spirit with enough zest for it to take her from a house boat in Varanasi India, into the boardrooms of corporate South Africa. Wearing high heels and carrying a far higher agenda; to provide food and trees for Africa, literally.

Frack Off! Says Treasure the Karoo Action Group

Jonathan Deal of Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) responds to the lifting of a year-old moratorium on hydraulic fracturing to allow for shale gas exploration.

The awareness of the negative impact of fracking is increasing worldwide and the process has even been banned in certain countries. So why has this decision been made in South Africa?

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