No more guilt trips - an eco-friendly tour around Cape Town

There are few cities in the world that can boast a scenic train ride along a magnificent stretch of coastline offering whale spotting from the carriage windows and easy access to major tourist attractions within a two kilometre radius of train stations - but this is the promise of a journey on the Southern Line. Now a new partnership adds a carbon-friendly extension to the Southern Line experience with Rail and Ride.

More energy efficient street lights planned for Cape Town

In a major effort to save energy, the City of Cape Town has spent almost R5 million from its operating budget and R25 million from its capital budget over the past 18 months, replacing thousands of street lights across the Cape Metropole with energy-efficient lamps whilst a further R15 million is being spent in the current financial year.

Loss of biodiversity 'to damage economies'

The Earth's ongoing nature losses may soon begin to hit national economies, according to a major UN report.

The third Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) warns that some ecosystems may soon reach "tipping points" where they rapidly become less useful to humanity.

Capetonians can now buy green electricity

It is now possible for the citizens of Cape Town to purchase green electricity. This is done in the form of Green Electricity Certificates (GEC's). Green electricity is electricity that has been generated from renewable resources such as wind, waves or the sun.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu votes for Table Mountain in the New7Wonders campaign

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged Capetonians, their fellow South Africans and international fans to cast their vote for Table Mountain in the Official New7Wonders of Nature campaign.


Make a Big Issue of your favourite green spot

With the world cup just around the corner the Big Issue decided that they would give back to the tourists by creating the Big Issue's “Your Cape Town A-Z Guide” which is brought to the public in partnership with Cape Town Tourism.  The guide aims to “show our visitors how to do it lekker like a local; from where to get the best roti innie Kaap to finding the funkiest street art and stunning mountain trails beyond the table top that dominates the tourism handbooks.”

Opportunity for handmade craft producers during 2010

The City of Cape Town, as part of its 2010 Arts and Culture Programme, is calling on all producers and stockists of handmade products/crafts to register their interest to participate in various 2010 events.

New manager for Table Mountain National Park

SANParks has announced that Table Mountain has a new Head, Mr Paddy Gordon. Mr Gordon had previously been in charge of the northern section of the park and he succeeds Brett Myrdal who resigned last year.

Mr Gordon was born in Somerset West and he joined SANParks in 1989. He has worked for five national parks and was formerly the park manager of both the Mountain Zebra National Park and the Richtersveldt National Park.

Strangers in a foreign land: responsible tourism tips

We are all eagerly awaiting the influx of foreign visitors that the world cup is going to bring. This will be an exciting opportunity for many tourists who may be visiting South Africa for the first time. South Africa is reputed to be one of the friendliest countries in the world, and people are generally approachable and helpful. South Africa really is a mix of different cultures and you can encounter many different people and traditions in a small area.

Earth Day 2010 - a billion acts of green

“Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.”

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