City takes its Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit to the next level

A number of the Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit officers were awarded competency certificates in a range of disciplines at a function in Ndabeni recently.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman J.P. Smith, yesterday handed over certificates for firearm and rifle handling, lifesaving, and skippers competency to officers who have undergone several months of rigorous training at Law Enforcement’s Ndabeni training facility.

SA National Furniture Competition

The furniture design competition, in its 6th year, has evolved from a Western Cape Competition to a National Competition under the brand name "JigSaw".

As the name suggests, it denotes the working together and synchronization of cross cultural design talents in South Africa with the aim to nurture and promote South African design talents and match them with the right manufacturers and target market, in order to invigorate the local furniture industry.

City Hippopotamus Happy In New Game Reserve Home

Hippopotamus in the boma

The hippo that was roaming within the False Bay Nature Reserve has been relocated to a new home near Mossel Bay.

On Friday 19 July 2013, staff from the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department successfully captured and translocated a young male hippopotamus from the False Bay Nature Reserve. It was successfully released into Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay.

The Fish Hoek Exclusion Net – Good or Bad?

While the real risk of an encounter with a large shark while swimming at the beach is statistically insignificant, and the chances of that same shark actually trying to eat a swimmer even more so.

It is the perception of the danger that drives people’s reactions to choosing a weekend or holiday destination. This is why tourism to Fish Hoek beach has dropped dramatically following three incidents over an eight-year period. Local businesses are suffering a severe decline in revenue, especially water based business such as the Surfski School, which teaches people how to paddle.

City's YES Environmental Drama Festival to focus on electricity savings and safety

The City of Cape Town, in association with the Baxter Theatre Centre, will be hosting the sixth YES Environmental Drama Festival on 26 and 27 July 2013 in the main theatre at the Baxter.

The YES Drama Festival is one of the youth development initiatives of the City of Cape Town’s Youth Environmental School (YES) programme.

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.

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