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7 thought-provoking awareness campaigns in public spaces
Nadia Krige
18 April 2017

Living in a world where the average human brain is loaded with about 34GB of data daily, it’s hardly surprising that most of us feel somewhat saturated. Especially when it comes to screen time. I mean, have you ever read a heart-wrenching story online only to find the faint flutter of empathy you felt a

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Local apps, sites and maps to help navigate your daily commutes
Nadia Krige
5 April 2017

Whether it’s avoiding traffic or working out the best public transport option for your route to work, there’s sure to be an app that will help make your daily commute just a little easier. We checked out seven that could be particularly useful for navigating Cape Town’s streets. Where is my Transport – Taxis Minibus

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Best bet for Cape Town’s urban food security? Informal trade
Nadia Krige
3 April 2017

Africa is in the midst of a massive reinvention – moving from a predominantly rural continent to one that will soon be characterised by its urban areas. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, 50% of Africans will be living in urban areas, after which cities will only continue to grow and expand. Needless to

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Address a problem?
Kaylon Koeries
24 March 2017

Defining your exact location can be a tricky business. Canal Walk Shopping Centre, for example, has one address but many entrances, and what about places without addresses? How do we know where to send aid packages in war-torn areas where streets have been destroyed? How do people in rural areas with little to no infrastructure

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For the love of public libraries: 5 interesting facts
Nadia Krige
22 March 2017

If you haven’t visited your local library for a while, now’s the time to go! From 18 – 26 March, South African Library Week (SALW) will be taking place across the country to celebrate the important role libraries still play in a democratic society. While this may seem odd, as so many of us may

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Seeking refuge in a room full of books
Nadia Krige
22 March 2017

As part of our South African Library Week (SALW) celebration, Cape Town Partnership digital editor, Nadia Krige shares how libraries have always been places of comfort for her.   There are few places in the world that offer refuge in the way that rooms full of books do. Not where they’re stacked in a cacophonous clash

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A precocious reader
20 March 2017

As part of our South African Library Week (SALW) celebration, Cape Town Partnership communications manager, Maxine Case shares her fondest memories of fortnightly trips with her mom and older sister to their local library.   I loved public libraries when I was a child. One of my standout memories is of the loud classical music crashing

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Recounting 43 years: an interview with a library veteran
Joey Lyons
20 March 2017

Joey Lyons, a Cape Town Partnership intern from Boston, interviews Ann Chatham Rote, a retired librarian who, for forty-three years, entertained children with her storytelling and taught them to love reading.  Anne Chatham Rote, my grandmother, retired last year, ending her 43-year career as a librarian. She worked at the Hanscom Primary and Middle Schools,

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5 thought-provoking presentations from the 3rd Annual City Development conference
Nadia Krige
17 March 2017

Pressing issues facing the making of cities in Africa came to the fore this week as delegates from both the private and the public sector gathered at the 3rd Annual City Development conference, held at 15 on Orange in Cape Town. Running over three days, the conference focused on three main themes – ‘urban transformation

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