Sustainability

What happens when there’s no water left?
28 February 2017

Water. The one topic that seems to be on every Capetonian’s lips right now. And it’s hardly surprising – between naming and shaming those who do not comply with Level 3B restrictions, the daily tally of how many days we have till our dams run dry entirely and hourly reminders in the media of just how dire the

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What if the rains don’t come?
22 February 2017

I used to think that Capetonians were preoccupied with water: the lack of it, ways to save it, or even the wilful belief of “Water problem, what water problem?” A trip to Windhoek this week made me realise that if things don’t change, this preoccupation with all things H20 will ratchet into overdrive. Very soon.

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5 ways the City of Cape Town wants to get us all on our bikes
1 February 2017

With a wealth of MTB routes crisscrossing the mountain ranges of the Western Cape and the prestigious Cape Town Cycle Tour being a highlight on the Mother City’s social calendar, it hardly comes as a surprise that recreational and sports cycling is currently at an all-time high throughout the city, the province and the country.

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What we can learn from tomatoes
27 January 2017

I’ve just returned to the office after two months away. Having been at the Cape Town Partnership for thirteen years, I am very grateful to my board for granting me this extended period to revive my energy and focus. I hope you also had a restful festive season and that you’ve entered 2017 feeling rejuvenated.

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Level 3b: Capetonians share their water-saving methods
27 January 2017

Okay, fellow Capetonians, it’s time to get serious. If you haven’t been making efforts to save water over the past few months, it’s now critical that you do. As a result of the severe drought and a repeated failure to reach the intended savings target of 800 million litres of collective water use per day,

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Living a zero waste life in the city – is it possible?
14 December 2016

With a prevalence of overly packaged products lining supermarket shelves, there’s no denying that the effective management of household waste is one of the biggest challenges facing modern cities. In Cape Town alone, 6,000 tons of waste is produced daily, which translates to between 1.7kg and 2kg per resident. While recycling may be punted as

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Water restrictions level 3: what it means and how to help save
31 October 2016

With the risk of dam levels falling to 15% by the end of summer, the City of Cape Town has announced that water restrictions will be raised to Level 3 on 1 November. Corresponding tariff increases are expected to follow from 1 December onward. This is in line with the directive from the National Department

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How urban gardens are helping the homeless
19 October 2016

As city-dwellers, homelessness is something we’re confronted with on a daily basis. We see it in the bundles of blankets under the bridge and in the flash of a shelter card as a young man asks if we have R2 to spare. Yet, despite its overwhelming presence, we seem to keep homelessness at arm’s length

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3 ways to start your own urban garden
5 September 2016

Spring is in the air and the world’s a-bloom, fresh green leaves sprouting and unfurling as we speak. A season of new life, indeed, and the perfect time to kick start those lofty dreams of cultivating a luscious, green city home. Fortunately, urban gardening is a growing trend (pun intended) that can be practiced in

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