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Abalimi Bhezekhaya grows from strength to strength

Dear Friends, herewith our annual newsletter celebrating our 37th year in the field, showing how Abalimi continues to pass the flame to the next generation!

We hope you might feel inspired to contribute to the re-evolution of the Family Farming movement in South Africa! Family Farming has the potential to eliminate food insecurity and create innumerable, sustainable micro-farming enterprises, capable of employing millions.

All aboard for navy festival in Simon’s Town

It’s almost time to drop anchor in Simon’s Town for the annual South African Navy Festival that will be taking place from 21 to 24 April 2016.

All routes will lead to Simon’s Town later this month for an event synonymous with the Cape Town landscape: the South African Navy Festival. This popular festival attracts over 100 000 visitors every year and gives would-be maritime explorers a peek into the naval world.

City of Cape Town Home Composting Programme

The City of cape Town has embarked on an innovative home composting programme for residents.

This  innovative home composting programme aims to divert as much household
organic waste from landfills as possible. You can get involved by applying for a home composting container, thereby also enhancing your soil condition and making your own compost.

The process:

Table Mountain National Park MTB Trails - Have Your Say Now

The Environmental Management Plan for the proposed Mountain Bike Trails in the Table Mountain National park are out for public comment and input until 4 May 2016.

In late 2011, a group of interested parties met with Table Mountain National Park to help facilitate an improved and sustainable mountain biking experience in the park where we were presented with a process required to achieve our goals.

City lobbies for food garden support

The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is appealing to residents to join the quest for poverty alleviation through food production.

The key focus of the Directorate’s Poverty Alleviation Programme is helping to establish and nurture community food gardens by providing training, materials and support to such initiatives in communities in need.

Open Streets comes to Mitchells Plain on Sunday on 3 April 2016

A portion of Merrydale Avenue will become car-free on Sunday, 3 April 2016 from 12:00 to 17:00. This is a rare opportunity for both residents and visitors to connect by freely and safely enjoying one of Mitchells Plain’s most iconic streets.

​Thanks to the support of the City of Cape Town, and building on the success of Open Streets Bree on 17 January 2016 as well as Langa and Bellville in 2015, Open Streets will be tested in Mitchells Plain for the first time in April.

Eight kilometers of cycling trails approved in Constantia Greenbelts

Constantia Greenbelt Cycling

Following months of discussions, the Constantia Valley Greenbelts Cycling Trail was officially approved by City Parks in December 2015. As of 10 February 2016, the Greenbelts Cycle Trail has been clearly marked with directional arrows and a Code of Conduct at the main access points installed.

The proposal has followed the official channels, with interested and affected parties offered the opportunity to get involved from the start and to provide input during the public participation phase.

Report Invasive Wasps On Online App

More than 2 000 people have accessed the City of Cape Town’s new online wasp reporting application since its official launch in November last year.

The City’s new online wasp reporting application is gaining popularity as more than 600 wasp reports have been logged via this tool, mostly in January 2016. This user-friendly development tool has made the logging of wasp reports more accessible to members of the public, which allows for a quicker response time to have wasps removed.

Bree Street Open Streets Event

Bree Street will become a pedestrian-only zone for the day on Sunday 17 January 2016!

By closing Bree Street in the Cape Town central business district on Sunday, 17 January 2016, residents and visitors get the opportunity to fully enjoy the space – be it by strolling with their dogs, participating in street games or art, cycling with their families or just walking carefree without needing to be concerned about vehicles. 

Water Saving Tips

The City of Cape Town is currently implementing Level 2 Water restrictions. This is due in part to the low dam levels. It is everyone's responsibility to #savewater.

Here are some usefill tips on how you can save water:
Save water throughout your home
  • Ensure all taps are fully closed – a dripping ta
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