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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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What if the rains don’t come?
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
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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SA needs more fibre to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Alan Cameron
20 February 2017

How is the fibre optic sector helping South Africa compete as a knowledge economy, asks Alan Cameron.

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Six Weeks, Nine ways of Uncovering Cape Town
Aidan Antonienko
10 February 2017

Since I arrived in Cape Town almost six weeks ago as an intern, I was excited by the promise of natural beauty and prospect of a new city, but of course also nervous about the unknown. I’ve found the city to be diverse, active, delicious, and surprisingly affordable. Affordability As a student, traveller, and intern, I’m

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The “Two Africas”: American Perceptions of the Continent
Joey Lyons
3 February 2017

Joey Lyons, a Cape Town Partnership intern from Boston, looks at how the reality of Cape Town (and the rest of Africa) square up with his preconceived ideas. Will you survive the next three months? How many safaris will you go on? Will your apartment have a dirt floor? Why would you choose South Africa?

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