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Day of 1 000 Trees!

1 000 indigenous trees will be planted in and around the Cecilia Car Park following the upgrade of the area, which was completed in September 2011.  Do you want to join in?

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will be hosting a series of public tree planting days at Cecilia Car Park on Rhodes Drive in July and you are invited to get your hands dirty.

Design Storming

Are you a creative problem solver who wants to ignite change by design? The first storming session will focus on refuse collection and removal in townships.

Do you want to help communities co-create solutions to the problems they face?Then join Creative Cape Town, the Cape Town Design Network, and the Social Justice Coalition for 12-hours of Design Storming.

‘Citizen Scientists’ monitor depleting wildlife populations

UCT Prof Les Underhill will use R1m award from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust to recruit ‘Citizen Scientists’ to help monitor depleting wildlife populations in Africa

University of Cape Town Prof Les Underhill, the Director of the Department of Zoology and the Animal Demographics Unit (ADU) at UCT, received the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust on Friday, 1 June 2012.

Down To Earth

"These are hard economic times, but how much longer can global society keep finding reasons for putting off meaningful action?"  This question was posed in the Cape Times on 19 June.

TWENTY years after the remarkable Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, governments and environmental organisations will once again gather in the Brazilian city this week to see what can be done to save the world from the catastrophic impacts our exploding human population is having on it.

How Food Choices Impact the Planet

The chief chef at the Mount Nelson is cooking up an earth-friendly crusade. Tiara Walters goes to investigate.

Executive chef Rudi Liebenberg of Cape Town's famous pink hotel has had a Damascus moment - after reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma three years ago, the 42-year-old chef fell in love with earth-conscious cooking. The upshot? Sweeping changes for the Mount Nelson's kitchen, which Liebenberg had then just been appointed to run.

YES Environmental Drama Festival Workshop

There’s an exciting collaboration happening between the City and Artscape and we get to see the results at a 2-day drama festival in July.


The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk and Environmental Management Departments, in association with Artscape, will be hosting the fifth YES Environmental Drama Festival on 27 and 28 July at the Artscape Theatre Complex.

YES stands for Youth Environmental School, which is one of the youth development initiatives of the City.
The theme of this environmental drama festival is Making our City Resilient. Environmental plays to be showcased at this two-day festival are created by high schools in Cape Town. 

Environmental Focus at Encounters

Saving Rhino Phila

Encounters SA International Documentary Film Festival runs from 7 to 24 June in Cape Town.  The range of films is extensive, and two focus on environmental issues. 

Saving Rhino Phila

Richard Slater-Jones | South Africa | 52min | 2011

World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement

2014 World Design Capital

The City of Cape Town has approved the Host City Agreement for the World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 with the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)

The agreement binds the City to hosting the World Design Capital 2014 and lays out each party’s rights and obligations, as well as the working arrangements for developing a year-long calendar of design-themed projects and events in 2014, including World Design Capital signature events.

SANParks Cape Region - 20% Special Winter Discount

Five Cape Region parks - Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa and West Coast - are each offering a 20% discount on accommodation and camping rates during May/June/July (terms and conditions apply).

South Africa scoops another Gold at Chelsea

Chelsea Flower Show 2012

South Africa strikes gold! For the 32nd time Kirstenbosch was awarded a gold medal for the SA entry at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.  Congratulations to the hardworking team and sponsors.

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