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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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The new right to the city
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
16 March 2017

I recently spent a month in the rural Eastern Cape, for our annual family holiday. On my return to the office, colleagues enthused about how rested I looked, how relaxed I seemed. “Must have been the lack of internet access,” one of them concluded. “Actually, the connectivity where we were is very strong,” I countered.

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Western Cape food security: a snapshot
Nadia Krige
14 March 2017

Infrastructure, safety, cleanliness and service delivery. These are all concepts that readily spring to mind when discussing the successes and failures of a city’s governance.

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#Datamustfall: Can cheaper wireless networks bridge SA’s digital divide?
Alan Cameron
9 March 2017

In South Africa, smartphone penetration is about 40%, and only 5.3% of the population have internet access via fibre or ADSL. Getting online using wireless technology and Wi-Fi is much cheaper than mobile data – so why aren’t more people doing it? Refined by the free market, each technology connecting users is contextually appropriate to

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What happens when there’s no water left?
Nadia Krige
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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