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Drought crisis: City to boost water resilience projects

Creation of 43 temporary and eight permanent positions to ensure a timeous roll-out of the City’s emergency water augmentation projects.

The approval of new positions aims to address the staff requirements for water resilience projects such as desalination (marine-, barge- and land-based), water reclamation, spring water and aquifer extraction. 
The City is designing and developing a set of criteria to bring the necessary and required skills on board.

Team Farmer Angus in the Sanlam 10km Peace Run

Team Farmer Angus in training

Farmer Angus will be leading his team of farmworkers at the Sanlam 10k Peace Run on Sunday 17 September 2017.

Angus McIntosh, or more commonly known as ‘Farmer Angus’, from Spier Wine Farm has encouraged 26 of his workers to run in the Sanlam 10km Peace Run, which is held in conjunction with the Cape Town Marathon on Sunday 17 September 2017.

Cape Town celebrates rich local heritage during Heritage Month

Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre, Langa.

September, Heritage Month, is the month to explore the colourful fabric of Cape Town’s heritage and diverse cultural tapestry. 

City of Cape Town encourages residents to visit the various City facilities which celebrate our cultural heritage and diversity. The options range from the country’s only museum dedicated to pass laws to a vibrant African arts and culture hub. 

Coastal Cleanup by Fine Music Radio

It’s FMR Coastal Cleanup time again!  Help seal a cleaner coastal deal!


Fine Music Radio invites FMR listeners to join them on Hout Bay Beach on Saturday the 16th of September from 10:00 until 12:00.

Prime Trees Celebrates Arbor Month

Aerial view of Prime Trees nursery.

Prime Trees is celebrating Arbor Month with the launch of their new wholesale tree and plant nursery nestled amidst the picturesque mountains of the Paarl region. 

Prime Trees, founded in 2014 by the passionate horticulturist, Bruce Stewart, who knows the importance of what it takes to grow quality trees.
With nearly 25 years of experience, Bruce’s attention to detail, skills and passion for the industry is unsurpassed.The large scale tree nursery comprises over 30 hectares of the highest quality shade and o

Cape Town City Hall organ hits the right notes

The organ, built by Messrs Norman and Beard of London & Norwich in 1905

The organ is a key feature of the City Hall and is being carefully maintained and preserved as part Cape Town’s rich cultural heritage. 

As part of the upgrades to the iconic City Hall, one of Cape Town’s oldest public spaces, the restoration of the impressive organ is in full swing. 
The impressive organ, built by Messrs Norman and Beard of London and Norwich in 1905 (the same year that the City Hall was designed), is still a key feature of the City Hall.

Water Crisis: level 5 restrictions announced

Cape Town will take a number of new actions to drive down water consumption including the institution of Level 5 restrictions and a further increase in pressure management. 

The upper limit of 87 litres per person and the overall target of 500 million litres per day of collective consumptions remain in place, however, there is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restriction

Cape Town celebrates Arbor Week wisely

Planting water-wise trees at Nantes Park, Athlone

Cape Town is commemorating Arbor Week this year with a specific focus on contributing to water resilience.

As Arbor Week kicks off, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department is focusing on conserving water while also preserving Cape Town’s natural landscapes. 
To mark the start of Arbor Week, 1 September 2017, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services Alderman JP Smith, joined Recreation and Park

New Start for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Start to the Grand Parade Precinct
The start for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will move from its traditional position on Hertzog Boulevard to the historic Grand Parade Precinct. 
“The City effectively enticed us back to our ‘routes” – David Bellairs
“Our participants’ safety will always come first,” says David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “2017 was a year of incredible learnings.

S A's newest jelly species at Two Oceans Aquarium for 1st time

The pink meanie (Drymonema sp.)

New to the Two Oceans Aquarium, and displayed for the first time - ever - the pink meanie (Drymonema sp.) is an extremely rare species of true jelly.

The pink meanie has only ever sighted a few times in conjunction with intense blooms of other jelly species, particularly moon jellies on which it feeds in the Northern Hemisphere.

The particular pink meanie at the Two Oceans Aquarium differs from pink meanies found in other parts of the world.

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