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.

Make MyCiTi part of your city

The City of Cape Town is offering free rides on the MyCiTi inner-city bus loop to all Capetonians and visitors this Friday 25 June.


The free rides will be valid from midnight on Thursday till midnight on Friday, on a first come first served basis. Commuters will receive a complimentary ticket as they board the bus.

Fan Fest visitors encouraged to "touch the earth lightly"

“Touch the earth lightly” is the message that is being conveyed to FIFA Fan Fest™ visitors on the Grand Parade throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Are your children eco ignorant?

Recently Daryl Hannah joined Sir Ranulph Fiennes at London Zoo to launch the results of  an Airbus survey exploring children's perceptions of nature. The actress and environmentalist announced the results of the  “Airbus Bio-Index” – a survey of more than 10,000 children and young people aged 5-18  from ten countries worldwide, conducted as part of the aircraft manufacturer's work supportive of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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