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Shaping Our City Around Our Children

Shaping Our City Around Our Children

Imagine if we saw our city through the eyes of a child? muses Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.

A highlight of my daily drive into the Cape Town CBD is the sight of school children walking to their morning classes.

MyCiTi Bus Service Operating in Atlantis

Exec Mayor Patricia De Lille checks new routes

The MyCiTi bus service started operating in Atlantis on Saturday 12 April 2014, with six new routes and 65 stops.

The feeder buses cover five different routes over a distance of 91 km within Atlantis, connecting residents to schools, clinics, the central business district (CBD) and industrial areas; while the trunk route provides safe, affordable, reliable and decent public transport to work and other opportunities outside Atlantis.

Student Exhibition Showcases Design Opportunities for Foreshore

Foreshore Design Exhibition

Collaboration around the future of the foreshore precinct and the infamous unfinished foreshore freeways.

In October 2012, at the launch of the City's transport authority – Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town and the University of Cape Town (UCT) signed an agreement of collaboration around the future of the foreshore precinct and the infamous unfinished foreshore freeways.

Cape Town Crickets Chirping Up a Chatter

No you are not going mad! Cape Town's crickets are chirping up a storm.

I personally quite enjoy the calming chirp of the common cricket. I did however, get quite irate over one fella that found his way into my car and chirps incesantly while I am driving!

Make use of bio-friendly insect repellants if u must -

Rethink Plastic Bag Usage

Warning: plastic is environmentally harmful.  Avoid using.

Similar to this article’s lead, the reasons for banning plastic are simple, straightforward, and logically sensible.  
 
Shoppers use plastic bags for an average of 20 minutes.  Over 95% of these plastic bags are then discarded and transported to a landfill where decomposition takes 1,000 years.

Newly Upgraded Play Park in Brackenfell

Designed to Transform Lives

The play park in Brackenfell is designed to be inclusive and will cater for both able-bodied and disabled children.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker, officially opened the newly upgraded Thibault Park in Brackenfell on Thursday10 April 2014. More than a dozen eager children could barely wait to try out the new play equipment during the event, which coincided with a tree-planting ceremony.

7 Popular Cape Town Markets- Eat Healthy, Eat Local

©Douglas C. Hinkel

The rising popularity of food markets, especially those that claim to be “organic,” has prompted an avalanche of new vendors eager to capitalize on the trend.  

With such a vast selection of Cape Town food markets, choosing one that fits your personality and expectations can be a daunting and overwhelming task.  Fear not, I devoted an entire week to visiting city markets and compiled a list of my favourites.

100 Beautiful Things

Lisa Firer

A pop-up gallery of design to celebrate World Design Capital 2014’s theme of Beautiful Places, Beautiful Things.

100 Beautiful Things is a pop-up gallery of design to celebrate World Design Capital 2014’s theme of Beautiful Places, Beautiful Things, and the launch of the international design show 100% Design South Africa.

Everything in the gallery is designed and made in SA and in production in 2014.

Water is Life – Photo-Exposé by Masixole Feni

Masixole Feni - Water is Life

Feni is building a powerful and valuable archive, as witness of the environment around him.

Water is Life – Photo-Exposé by Masixole Feni is the first South African Centre for Photography showcase of the year of WDC 2014 leading up to MOP6 from mid-September – 31st October.

Earthworms process 40 tons of Household Organic Waste

Within only eight months, 40 tons of household organic waste has been diverted from landfill sites through the second phase of Cape Town’s home composting study.

Of the 1,6 million tons of waste directed to the City’s landfills each year, approximately 6% consists of garden and organic waste from households (95 000 tons per annum); while approximately 5% is made up of organic kitchen waste (80 000 tons per annum).
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