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Untamed: the lost balance between humankind and nature

Untamed, a year-long collaborative exhibition in Kirstenbosch gardens, began as a life vision of wildlife sculptor Dylan Lewis, won the Greening the Future Schools and Institutions Award.

Untamed explores the lost balance between humankind and nature.

Lewis asked psychologist, psychiatrist and poet Ian McCallum and architect Enrico Daffonchio to work with him on the exhibition, and was chosen by Kirstenbosch as its 2010 project.

Shark forecasting To Predicting White Shark Presence At Cape Town Beaches

Shark attacks are high profile events which can negatively impact coastal tourism and public perceptions of sharks, often leading to the use of mitigation methods which are harmful to the marine environment and wildlife.

A new study shows that white shark presence at two popular beaches in Cape Town is significantly related to environmental conditions, and proposes that a greater understanding of the behaviour of large, predatory sharks can be used to increase water user safety in a pro-active and environmentally friendly way.

Extended hours: Cape Town Honours Nelson Mandela exhibition

From this weekend the Civic Centre concourse will be open between 10:00 and 16:00, with the same opening hours applying to public holidays.
 

The Cape Town Civic Centre will open on weekends and public holidays to cater for the overwhelming number of people wishing to view the Cape Town Honours Nelson Mandela exhibition.

World Design Capital 2014 Project Submissions Deadline Looming

With just two weeks left to make a project submission for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014), a series of engagement and information sessions for the public are planned at various City libraries.

The sessions will also enable members of the public without Internet access to make their digital submissions on the WDC 2014 website, with the assistance of trained “design information scouts” on hand to trouble-shoot and answer questions about submissions.

Green Point Sports Back On Track

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The City of Cape Town has officially opened the newly upgraded Green Point Track, on the site of the old Green Point Stadium.

The multi-purpose facility now features a top-class athletics track, new club stand on the upper level, four changing rooms and a storeroom.

Speaking at the launch, Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, said she hopes the facility will be used by all of Cape Town's residents, and will help Cape Town become a major events destination.

eWaste Collection Day This Saturday

e-Waste Collection this Saturday 13 July 2013

Help to recover valuable recyclable resources while doing your bit for the environment.

E-Waste is anything that runs on batteries and/or electricity. All those old appliances, PC's, printers, cellphones, chargers! Here is a great opportunity to clear out all the clutter and get the jump on that "spring clean".

 

Smart electricity planning - joining the dots between electricity, people & jobs

The Smart Electricity planning report provides some planning food-forethought, and shows we can plan ahead in a context of uncertainty - with confidence.

People are not great at joining the dots between cause and effect, but there is fairly widespread agreement that planning ahead is wise.  We plan ahead when we prepare supper, we plan for the weekend, we remember to fill the car before taking a long journey. We plan for our children’s education and we buy insurance 'just in case' something happens. 

Disconnection and Connection in Cape Town

MyCiTi - Bruce Sutherland/City of CT (c)

Brett Petzer & Rashiq Fataar of Future Cape Town assess the influences and confluences of connection in Cape Town’s spatial, institutional and economic landscape.

Apartheid transformed Cape Town from South Africa’s least to most segregated city. The clear economic and racial zones perfected by Apartheid social engineers have survived that system’s demise largely intact. Predominantly white, wealthy residents live in the City Bowl and along the slopes of Table Mountain to the West and far to the South.

Greening the Future Awards

Khaya Power taking people off the 'paraffin grid'

Cape Town and the Western Cape were awarded 7 of the 24 Greening the Future Awards, announced at the awards ceremony on Thurday 4 July.

This week's supplement to the Mail & Guardian showcases the 24 Greening the Future Awards

Mandela Exhibition Open For Viewing

Mayor Patricia de Lille & Minister Trevor Manual

Mayor Patricia de Lille and Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manual officially opened the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition in the Cape Town Civic Centre on Sunday, 30 June 2013.

The exhibition, on the concourse level of the building, is a multimedia display tracing Mandela’s relationship with Cape Town.

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