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Solar bulbs and low-tech vertical vegetable garden

(c) Stephen Lamb

Three informal dwellings were retro-fitted with solar bulbs and modular vertical vegetable gardens as part of a pilot programme.

This initiative is piloted by Touching the Earth Lightly™ in partnership with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA); Greencube and the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre.

City-to-city handover of World Design Capital title

Mayors of Cape Town & Helsinki

"I find the possibility of exploring truly innovative ways to change our city, and its artificial divisions, exciting," said Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille at the official city-to-city handover of World Design Capital title.

Last night, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe, were in Helsinki, Finland be presented with a commemorative plaque that marks the beginning of Cape Town’s reign as World Design Capital 2014.

Launch of the Blue Flag Season

The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department, will launch the start of its Blue Flag Beach Season on Friday 30 November at Muzienberg Beach on SABC2 Morning Live from 06:00 until 08:00.

The launch will also showcase the Festive Season Readiness Beach Festival which starts on Saturday 1 December on the same beach. This is part of a programme to showcase its preparedness for the upcoming summer and Festive Season.

Honest Chocolate amongst 10 of the Best

Nechama Brodie picks 10 of the most interesting items on display at the Johannesburg FoodWineDesign Fair and Cape Town based Honest Choclate makes the list.

Cape Town-based artisan chocolate makers Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk have built up a loyal following for their candid candies (their chocolate is made from raw, organic cacao, no dairy, no sugar – they use Agave nectar instead), and have just launched their seventh chocolate bar, Grains of Paradise, a 72% chocolate bar that includes a touch of spicy peppers from West Africa.

South African green invention wins international award

© Alice Walsh

Powering household electrical appliances with pedal power is a way to go green, reduce electricity usage and get a great workout at the same time! This green invention won the international Red Dot ‘Best of the Best 2012’ Design Award.

South African product design consultancy Ideso invented the PowerPac, a transportable device that stores human-generated energy created during cycling.

Cape Town Joins the World in Noting World Responsible Tourism Day

The World Travel Market (WTM) leads on this year’s World Responsible Tourism Day (7 November) through a wealth of debates and presentations on conscious tourism practice.

Speaking from WTM, the CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, said that the South African tourism industry is embracing Responsible Tourism; “Cape Town has been setting the benchmark since 2002, when the city hosted the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations.  Cape Town Tourism has also recently partnered with Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT); a non

Robert Slingsby shows his colours as an activist artist

Considering the environmental impact and victims of ideological conflict, is the focus of Slingsby's exhibition at the Barnard Gallery.

American conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger, in the 1980’s, included the phrase 'Money and God in his pocket' in a poster protesting nuclear armament. These words are designed to convey the paradox of upholding conflicting values.

Cities of Aachen, Cape Town & sustainability

“Our partnership with the City of Aachen aims to promote sustainable development through partnership projects that address the environmental, social and economic challenges that confront us” said Mayor de Lille at the renewal of the five year partnership.

“Today we are the best run municipality in the country. This is not by chance.....  It is also the result of applying lessons we have learned from cities like Aachen” concluded Execurive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille.

Rare sighting of a black skimmer


The black skimmer, a bird never before officially recorded in Africa,was sighted at Table Bay Nature Reserve’s Rietvlei Section on Thursday 4 October 2012.

The black skimmer (Rynchops niger) was photographed by a member of the public during a birding outing to the Rietvlei Section of the nature reserve. It was first thought that the bird was an African skimmer.

Tourism’s Adaptability is an Asset to Sustainability

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO Cape Town Tourism, draws attention to the role that Cape Town is taking in the field of Responsible Tourism.

The focus of World Tourism Day this year is on Tourism and Sustainable Energy; Powering Sustainable Development. World Tourism Day, a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) initiative, calls on the global tourism industry to consider its role in various pertinent issues.

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