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Why Every City Should Have a Library of Things
Aidan Antonienko
30 January 2017

What if a trip to the library meant borrowing camping equipment, power tools, or toys instead of books? New library A library of things or tool library is similar to the concept of a traditional library, but you don’t borrow books, you borrow a variety of technology, equipment, or toys. So instead of buying the ladder

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What we can learn from tomatoes
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
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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Creating healthier cities through placemaking
Nadia Krige
20 January 2017

We are currently living in what could arguably be the most health-conscious era in human history. And it’s hardly surprising, what with celebrity fad diets promising to turn us all into supermodels and Dr. Google being just a click away. More than ideal body types and access to information, however, our hyper-awareness about health and wellness,

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Open Streets celebrates 10th event
Nadia Krige
11 January 2017

With the 10th Open Streets Cape Town event set to close off Bree and Longmarket Streets to motor vehicle traffic this Sunday  (15 January) and open it up to all sorts of fun to be had on foot, bike or board, we decided to catch up with managing director and co-founder, Marcela Guerrero Casas to

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8 urban development trends for 2017
Nadia Krige
4 January 2017

With 50% of the global population currently living in urban areas, and a projected 1.5 times rise to 6 billion city-dwellers by 2045, there’s no denying that investing in thorough, thoughtful and sustainable urban design is absolutely crucial. Designing the sorts of urban spaces that will, essentially, improve the quality of life for citizens requires

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#DataMustFall: Ideas to help Internet adoption in SA
Alan Cameron
19 December 2016

It’s no debate that access to the internet can increase economic opportunities. In 2009 already, the World Bank found that low- to middle-income economies can grow by 1.3% for every 10% of the population who have access to broadband internet. Internet use is slowly increasing in South Africa, and Africa, as internet-enabled mobile phones become more common. Of

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Living a zero waste life in the city – is it possible?
Nadia Krige
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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Saturday in the city
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
9 December 2016

Born and raised in the rural Eastern Cape, as a child, I used to romanticise cities and city life. Friends who’d travelled to some of the Eastern Cape’s larger cities would impress me with talk of busy roads, hundreds of cars and fancy stores where all kinds of toys and treats were on display. My

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How the Cool Shack could change lives in informal settlements
Nadia Krige
9 December 2016

When it comes to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, there’s no denying that those living in informal settlements on the outskirts of Cape Town are by far the most vulnerable. Population density and highly flammable construction material, can see fires that would normally be easy to control, wreak havoc within an hour, while a

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Braamfontein to Joburg what Woodstock/East City is to Cape Town?
Nadia Krige
25 November 2016

During recent travels, Nadia Krige spent a night in Joburg’s eclectic Braamfontein and found a couple of striking similarities with Cape Town’s very own Woodstock/East City.

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