"I find the possibility of exploring truly innovative ways to change our city, and its artificial divisions, exciting," said Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille at the official city-to-city handover of World Design Capital title.
Last night, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe, were in Helsinki, Finland be presented with a commemorative plaque that marks the beginning of Cape Town’s reign as World Design Capital 2014.
The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department, will launch the start of its Blue Flag Beach Season on Friday 30 November at Muzienberg Beach on SABC2 Morning Live from 06:00 until 08:00.
The launch will also showcase the Festive Season Readiness Beach Festival which starts on Saturday 1 December on the same beach. This is part of a programme to showcase its preparedness for the upcoming summer and Festive Season.
Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard are trekking 3000km along South Africa’s coastline. Their goal is to raise the awareness of litter and collect 7 tons of it with the help of volunteers along the way.
The Cape Town Green Map Team attended a talk by Michael and Camilla at the Green Expo last week. They have begun the “CAN DO!” campaign “Trekking for Trash” initative to raise awareness for how much litter goes unnoticed.
Nechama Brodie picks 10 of the most interesting items on display at the Johannesburg FoodWineDesign Fair and Cape Town based Honest Choclate makes the list.
Cape Town-based artisan chocolate makers Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk have built up a loyal following for their candid candies (their chocolate is made from raw, organic cacao, no dairy, no sugar – they use Agave nectar instead), and have just launched their seventh chocolate bar, Grains of Paradise, a 72% chocolate bar that includes a touch of spicy peppers from West Africa.
An urban agriculture and environmental action association operating in the socio-economically neglected townships of Khayelitsha, Nyanga and surrounding areas in the Cape Flats.
Abalimi Bezekhaya means “Farmers of Home.” It began as a project in 1982 of the Catholic Welfare Bureau to help people survive during the apartheid era, but nothing more than basic survival. Post apartheid Abalimi was able to start working with people who now had rights, and then community group gardens and associations became a possibility.
The Cape Clawless Otters of the Cape Peninsula face increasing pressures from an ever encroaching urban environment. Nicola Okes, a UCT PhD student, hopes to provide insight into these through her research on the otters.
The Green Map joined Nicola out in the field to gain insight into her research. Her research on the Cape Clawless Otters is looking at the distribution, diet and spatial ecology of the otters.
Powering household electrical appliances with pedal power is a way to go green, reduce electricity usage and get a great workout at the same time! This green invention won the international Red Dot ‘Best of the Best 2012’ Design Award.
South African product design consultancy Ideso invented the PowerPac, a transportable device that stores human-generated energy created during cycling.