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False Bay Nature Reserve A Ramsar Wetland

False Bay Nature Reserve ©Bruce Sutherland | City of Cape Town

Today the False Bay Nature Reserve is officially declared as a Wetland of International Importance - a Ramsar site. This will make the False Bay Nature Reserve South Africa’s 22nd Ramsar site.

February 2nd marks the celebration of World Wetlands Day, the date of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971.

Athlone demolition gives pause for thought

If you've driven out to the airport or just looked out over Athlone from Table Mountain and are feeling a bit nostalgic, here's a YouTube clip to remind you why we don't need any more coal-fired powerstations.

Will the COP come to the Cape?

South Africa, buoyed by the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, can look forward to another major event soon to be staged on it's shores.

Ten best ways to save electricity

With the cost of electricity increasing from 1 July 2010, the City of Cape Town has devised a practical checklist to encourage residents to save money by saving electricity. The list of savings options will be sent out as an insert into the rates account and will be "in the form of a fridge magnet".

Green Map and SA designs feature at Cooper Hewitt Museum

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Green Map System is a featured project on display as part of the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Museum's National Design Triennial in New York. The theme of the triennial exhibition is “Why Design Now?” and explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design.

IDC to spend R11.7bn on green future

The Industrial Developnent Corporation (IDC) plans to invest nearly R12 billion in "green industries" according to chief executive Geoffrey Qhena. The aim is to create jobs while reducing carbon emissions and is part of the IDC's target of injecting R70bn into the South African economy between 2009 and 2015.

Yes to climate drama

Budding actors from eight Cape Town schools have leapt into the future as part of the third YES Environmental Drama Festival. The theme for this year's festival is Cape Town 2020: Climate Change and the pupils have taken part in a series of workshops, written and performed their own plays portraying the effect of climate change on the city.

Western Cape to mainstream sustainability

Sustainability is the key to provincial government's 10 strategic plans developed as a "road map" for its five-year term of office, according to Premier Helen Zille. "We have to really try and achieve these (environmental) targets, because all our other plans depend on sustainability and optimising resource-use efficiency," she said at the recent release of the provincial plan.

Hippo leaves his life of slime

A juvenile hippo, nicknamed Zorro, was caught at Cape Town's largest waste-water treatment plant near Strandfontein on Monday and shipped off to a private reserve in Worcester.

Zorro had made the sewerage works his home since February 2009 after fleeing the adjacent nature reserve of Rondevlei where he was chased away by his father.

Walking the road to more public art

In 1994 South Africa took her first baby steps on the democratic path. We've grown up a bit, but are still walking the road to achieving our collective dreams as a nation.

'Walking the Road' is a new public art installation recently unveiled on the Sea Point promenade.

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