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South Africa's Greenest Buildings

5 Star Aurecon Centre

Tiara Walters, Sunday Times Green Life columnist, drew attention to a 5 star Cape Town building showing that an increasing numbers of local developments are showing their carbon credentials.

Food Security in Stellenbosch not Sustainable


Gareth Haysom reports on a comprehensive research study conducted by Stellenbosch University (SU) that has revealed that the Stellenbosch food system is not sustainable. Socially, ecologically and financially, the system is showing signs of extreme stress.

City’s Blue Flag Marina Programme - a 1st for SA marinas

Blue Flag Marina launch

There are currently no Blue Flag marinas in South Africa and Cape Town is the first city to take up this challenge.The City of Cape Town launched its Blue Flag Marina Programme during a special ceremony at the Royal Cape Yacht Club on 14 October 2011.

HOT WATER focuses on Climate Change as a Social Issue

Fire-sculture Brendhan Dickerson: Photo Petra Keinhorst

Hot Water brings together scientists and artists to look at what needs to be said and what are the most effective ways of getting this message across.

A New Brand of African Environmentalism

Dr Golding

Janice Golding argues that Africa needs to cultivate environmental champions and high-thinkers who live by the heart, relate to the land and who can articulate an alternative indigenous environmental narrative to the western environmental neo-imperialism.

Simon’s Town gears up for the annual Penguin Festival

The annual Penguin Festival kicks off on Saturday 8 October with the beach release of a group of African penguins back into the wild.


Table Mountain could be named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, an accolade that could generate up to 11 000 new jobs and an additional R1.4 billion in annual revenue for South Africa.

Kirstenbosch Named World's Top Picnic Spot

It comes as no surprise that Kirstenbosch has been named as one of the world's top picnic spots by National Geographic Magazine.

Meet Marvin - the newly launched mascot for MyCiTi

The new face of the MyCiTi bus system, a mascot called Marvin, was revealed at MyCiTi’s Civic Centre station this afternoon. It was appropriate that he was revealed at the Civic Centre Station, as it is an important hub of the current system.


Environment and Climate Change Focus of two Michaelis Exhibitions

Opening 18:00 on Saturday 24 September

The Michaelis Galleries and Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) present two exhibitions at the Michaelis Galleries, from 24 September to 19 October.

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