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Yoga at the Urban Park on Sunday 24th

'Practice in the Park', this Sunday, raises funds for the Earthchild Project, a non-profit organisation.

Following the success of last years ‘Practice in the Park’ which saw an incredible 350 people take part in the outdoor yoga class at Green Point Park, it’s now time for round two.  And the good news is that it raises funds for the Earthchild Project, a non-profit organisation.

Cape Town cycling events during Responsible Tourism Week

“Cape Town is a very popular cycling destination and this year part of the City’s Responsible Tourism campaign showcases how this activity can stimulate economic growth,” MEC for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.

A cycling event now in its second year, the Coffee Mob started as a social media initiative but, due to its popularity, has this year been added to the Responsible Tourism Week programme. The event takes place on Saturday 16 February and will see cyclists boarding a tourism train with their bikes at Cape Town Station and heading through to Khayelitsha.

Adderley Street flower sellers open on Valentine's Day

The Adderley Street flower sellers will be able to sell their goods within the Trafalgar Place Flower Market, on what is traditionally their busiest day, to passers-by.

Whilst the Opening of Parliament on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14 February 2013, means that vehicular traffic cannot use Adderley Street and the Heerengracht between Wale Street and Hertzog Boulevard; this area will certainly be open for pedestrians.

Mind Shift

Climate change expert Stef Raubenheimer says we need to change our current thinking if we are ever to address the challenges of climate change.

Resolving climate change and its impact on our world is the greatest long-term challenge of this century. Yet, we appear to be failing in our response.

Our attempts at global cooperation have delivered nothing close to the agreement that science recommends.

Cape Town celebrates Responsible Tourism Week

The City of Cape Town will celebrate Responsible Tourism Week by taking 60 community members to visit the City’s Table Bay and Blaauwberg Nature Reserves on Friday 15 February 2013.

Responsible Tourism Week will take place between 11 and 17 February 2013. Responsible Tourism is defined as: tourism that creates better places for people to live in and better places to visit. It makes positive contributions to natural and cultural heritage. It embraces diversity. It involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes.

Big Feet to Fill Rural Boots

Mpumelelo Ncwadi, an independent sustainability consultant and founder of the Indwe Trust, focuses on why big retailers are going to rely increasingly on South Africa’s communal farmlands for their produce.

It is thanks to climate change, big retailers are going to rely increasingly on South Africa’s communal farmlands for their produce.  And the article in Change Agent highlights 4 truths.

Black River clean-up bears fruit

The City's clean-up of the Black River has directly resulted in increased bird life in the area, including the return of the Greater Flamingo.

The Chairman of the Cape Bird Club Conservation Committee, Dr Dave Whitelaw, expressed their sincere appreciation to Alderman Belinda Walker, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, for the  ‘sterling’ job that the City has done in cleaning the Black River.

Help needed to rebuild houses

“We need your hand to rebuild their homes” is the urgent appeal from Monkeybiz.

Devastating shack fires over the holidays destroyed the homes of many of the bead artists at Monkeybiz, a non-profit, income generating bead project, focusing on women’s empowerment.

New green-friendly housing project in Delft

Province says the new materials will keep homes warmer and reduce energy costs reports Neo Maditla, Cape Argus Staff Reporter.

The Department of Human Settlements plans to build 1 951 housing units in Delft using alternative building materials (ABTs), which are more environmentally friendly. ABTs will ensure the homes stay warmer in winter, experience less damp and have reduced energy costs.

Revival of the City Hall

The on-going upgrade of the Cape Town City Hall has entered its next stage - part of a commitment to building an Inclusive City, which recognizes our past and owns our future.

Steeped in Cape Town’s history and famed for its architecture, the City Hall, with its famous balcony from which former president Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man after his long imprisonment, symbolises the shared heritage of the citizens of Cape Town. It continues to be a sought-after venue and is positioned as the City’s dedicated cultural hub.

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