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City marks World Environment Day with focus on urban sustainability

Mayor de Lille receives Cape Town Green CYCLE Map

"World Environment Day, 5 June 2017, a day that becomes more important every single year given the effects of climate change" declares Mayor de Lille. 

"This day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on our relationship with our planet and the long-term effects of our actions.
 
This day is all the more important this year and in this city because we are facing a severe drought crisis following unusually low levels of rainfall and we need to fundamentally change our relationship with water a

Cape Town Green Map turns 8 year old!

World Environment Day 2017 : Connecting People to Nature
The web-based Cape Town Green Map had an official virtual launch on World Environment Day, Friday 5 June 2009 to coincide with the launch of the OpenGreenMap.org online mapping platform.
 

Cape Town Green Map's innovative virtual launch clocked up no electricity, heating, air conditioning, transport, paper, food waste or other materials – all large contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. With no speeches, there was also no hot air! The virtual launch on World Environmement Day 2009 was a huge success.

Level 4 water restrictions imposed!

Future planning must accept we are living in a drought-stricken area

We need to embrace the fact that water scarcity is the The New Normal and all our future planning must accept that we are living in a drought-stricken area. 

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE 
 
Water resilience: a heightened approach to avoiding water shortages and achieving long-term water security
 
Water is a vitally important resource in an urban environment. 
 
It keeps our people healt

Two Oceans Aquarium - Something jawsome coming this way

New exhibit will house as many as 8 ragged-tooth sharks

Predator exhibit update – exciting things coming soon at Two Oceans Aquarium!

Almost a year ago, Two Oceans Aquarium closed the exhibit for much-needed repair work.

Being Green talks to Don Tooth CEO Vergelegen Wine Estate

Vergelegen Wine Estate

Don Tooth, C E O of the Vergelegen Wine Estate talks about the science projects and conservation initiatives on this historical and modern-day working farm. 

Four PhD’s have been produced based on field work in the Estate, and there are numerous partnerships with local and overseas universities and research institutes.

South Africa wins 35th Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show

Designers Ray Hudson and David Davidson

And, in an additional accolade for the team, the display was also awarded with the prestigious President’s Award.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) team at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show were jumping for joy this this morning when they learned that they had won South Africa’s 35th gold medal in 42 years of exhibiting at the prestigious show.
 
And, in an additional accolade for

CRITICAL WARNING TO ALL CAPE TOWN WATER USERS

Dam storage levels are now at 20,7%

What can you do to reduce your water usage to 100 litres per person per day?

Drought crisis warning: Water use must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately. Water is only permitted for essential use. 
 
Use water only for drinking, washing and cooking: 
 
Only f

Cape Town scoops transport award in Montreal, Canada

Melissa Whitehead, Commissioner of the TDA, receives award

Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) received the International Public Transport Strategy Award at the UITP World Summit in Montreal, Canada.

UITP is the international organisation for public transport authorities and operators and its summit draws mobility professionals from all over the world.

A Walk in the Park with VoiceMap

VoiceMap is a way of telling stories about places.
The newly updated Green Point Urban Park VoiceMap is like taking a personally guided tour with a friend that really knows the place and wants to share that knowledge with you.
 

 

Discover how a dysfunctional public space was transformed into a vibrant people's park. Green Map’s Philip Todres introduces you to Peter van Heerden, Spatial Planner and Project Manager at City of Cape Town, who provides fascinating insights.

CRITICAL WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN

Cut non-essential municipal water use immediately

Drought crisis warning: Use water only for drinking, washing and cooking.

Dam levels are now at 21,2% (storage levels), which is 0,8% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%.
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