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The Big Issue #258 is available

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The Big Issue #258 is available from your favourite vendor across the city - be sure not to miss out on another great issue.

The amazing Phelelani Ndakroka, one of Zip Zap Academy’s star pupils is featured in this month’s issue. The acrobat is proof that it’s not always how you start, but more about how you run and end your race that matters.

Refurbished Atlantis Aquifer provides increased water supply to Atlantis and Mamre

"This plant we are visiting is one of several sites for alternative water sources which form part of our Water Resilience Plan," Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

Extract of speech delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a visit to the Atlantis Aquifer on 2 November 2017. 
"The City is doing everything in its power to ensure additional supply, including finding and hiring the country’s best team of experts who are working 80-hour week

Montebello Design Centre Events Day on Saturday, 11 November

Montebello Design Centre is having a fun filled, open Events Day on Saturday, 11 November, 2017.

Montebello studios, workshops and shops will be open with demonstrations and activities. There will be a potters’ market and PlayParks slack-lining and juggling to watch and try.

Reeva Renaissance Runway in support of no violence against women

The Reeva Renaissance Runway honours abused women as they take to the fashion runway at a glamour-filled picnic at Lourensford Wine Estate for the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

The Reeva Renaissance Runway, an afternoon high tea and fashion show at Lourensford Wine Estate on Saturday November 25, “aims to bring women from all walks of life together to empower women affected by domestic violence, remember those who have lost their lives and honour those who have taken the brave step to ris

Desalination plant site at V&A Waterfront

Site Visit at V&A Waterfront of modular a land-based desalination plant

Mayor De Lille visits the site of one of the City of Cape Town’s modular land-based desalination plants that will produce 2 million litres of water per day to feed into the distribution network by February 2018. 

"Last week I made a commitment to communicate directly with all Capetonians about the City’s work to secure alternative water sources.
My message is clear:
we have a plan, we will supply water but Capetonians, your help is vital and so we need you to keep saving. 
I want to thank a

Turn Your Waste into Nutrient-Rich Soil

So, dig in and get started!

'Much of the organic waste being landfilled in South Africa could also supply energy to be used as fuel,' enthuses Eddie Redelinghuys, founder of Reliance Compost.

The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanisation.

Hout Bay learners receive ‘Green Desks’

Each Green Desk uses 60kg of previously unrecyclable waste

As part of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon GOGREEN campaign, 45 Green Desks have been donated to school children in Imizamo Yethu. 

Last week, 45 Green Desks were handed over to the children of Ikhaya le Themba (Home of Hope) in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset concerts 2017-2018 line-up

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

There are three high profile international acts joining the local stars, and a nice mix of old favourites and new faces at Kirstenbosch.

It is that time of year again, when fans of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts start digging out their picnic baskets and planning their weekends for the next six months.
The line-up for the most iconic events of the Cape Town summer scene looks set to surpass all others.
“We are really ex

One Green Step At A Time

Ecopreneur Melanie Farrell

Melanie Farrell has gone from being a words person to an inspiring ecopreneur. She transform wooden pallets into receptacles for vertical gardens and has started a Green Route initiative. 

The Cape Town freelance journalist and writer has turned her special interest in environmental issues into a business – not only does she transform wooden pallets into receptacles for vertical gardens but she’s started a Green Route initiative in the Mother City that has taken root and is bound to spread.
Here she talks about putting eco-con

Cape Town and Airbnb sign first city collaboration agreement in Africa

Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and Airbnb Global Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Chris Lehane

Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town as a unique travel destination.

Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries.
In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months. 
In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which re
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