March 26, 2019

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South Africa’s First Plastic Road! -

Friday, March 22, 2019

John Deere Power Products celebrates milestone machine -

Friday, March 22, 2019

Jacobsen supports student from South Africa to Staffordshire -

Friday, March 22, 2019

City springs into action to clean and mow parks -

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Walkway project underway at Homestead -

Friday, March 15, 2019

City receives R50 million to create 1 300 green jobs -

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Public Arts Commission ups funding for Merschel Plaza sculpture -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Comment on the Cape Town Draft Water Strategy – 08 March 2019 -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Corobrik playing its part in looking after the planet -

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Nature of Cities Summit -

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

First Green Star Sustainable Precinct’s Certification in Africa awarded to Garden Cities West Coast project by Green Building Council South Africa -

Friday, March 1, 2019

New mixed-use Barlow Park Precinct is set to begin construction -

Friday, March 1, 2019

Why There is so much buzz around ‘Sustainable Timber’ -

Friday, March 1, 2019

Key Elements of Landscape Design: Spatial Planning and Tree Layouts -

Friday, March 1, 2019

South Africa to construct rooftop gardens in Johannesburg -

Friday, February 22, 2019

A superb line up of finalists for Corobrik’s thirty-first year of sponsorship of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award -

Friday, February 22, 2019

City’s Draft Water Strategy opens for public comments -

Friday, February 22, 2019

Construction begins on Sol Kerzner’s new Western Cape estate. -

Friday, February 22, 2019

PARAGON GIVES A HEADS-UP FOR LATEST VR, AR TECHNOLOGY IN ARCHITECTURE -

Friday, February 15, 2019

Phase One of the R4.5bn O.R. Tambo mixed-use precinct development unveiled -

Friday, February 15, 2019

New park unveiled in Meadowlands, Soweto

New park unveiled in Meadowlands, Soweto Soweto residents no longer have to drive all the way to the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia to take wedding photographs, as they can now do so on their own doorstep. So said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau as he officially opened a new recreational park in Meadowlands Zone 7, Soweto on Wednesday, 2 September. The Mayor also planted a tree to mark the beginning of Arbor Month, a day after Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, with the assistance of community members and learners from local schools, planted 800 trees at Kanana Park, south of…

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Joburg scoops national Arbor City Award

Joburg scoops national Arbor City Award Joburg’s greening drive got the national thumbs-up when the City was named the winner of the 2015 Arbor City Award. Joburg beat the country’s seven other metro municipalities – Cape Town, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Mangaung, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay – in scooping the award, which is given to cities that “go the extra mile in greening their areas of jurisdiction”. The award, which includes a cash prize of R300 000, is made annually by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Total South Africa and the Institute for Environment and Recreation Management….

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City Parks targets 3 000 trees for Arbor Month

Arbor Month got under way with the ceremonial planting of 800 trees at Kanana Park, south of Johannesburg on Tuesday, 1 September. Learners from nearby schools joined Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo staff members in planting a variety of indigenous trees as City Parks got its 2015 Arbor Month campaign under way. City Parks MD Bulumko Nelana and Ward Councillor Mahlomola Kekana were among those who rolled up their sleeves and took turns with the spades at Tuesday’s planting ceremony. Councillor Kekana urged local resident to nurture their new trees, saying that trees in urban areas not only the value…

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Merry marigolds

MARIGOLDS are firm favourites in gardens in South Africa and in the current water shortage situation, they need very little water to survive and grow. The first documented use of marigold, as a herb, dates back to a manuscript written in 1552. More recently, they are cultivated for use in dyes, medicines and ceremonies in India and Pakistan and are used to decorate altars, honour gods and goddesses as well as decorate special guests. According to the Language of Flowers, marigolds represent grief, which probably relates to their use at funerals. It is said that if a gravestone is covered…

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Fast forward to vertical farming

Have you heard of vertical gardening or vertical farming? Space for gardening, farming and growing food crops is increasingly encroaching upon natural eco-systems as urban centres become more dense and sprawling. Some countries have very little productive area for agriculture due to water and climatic restrictions. Scientists are realising the costs of intensive farming on our environment that include polluted water and eco-systems, soil infertility, reduced crop resistance to disease and pests and less nutritional value from food itself. Let’s explore a little more about vertical farming and what it is all about. According to Dr. Dickson Despommier, who is…

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Elgin Open Gardens

About the Elgin Open Gardens 2015 In 2015 there will be 21 open gardens in the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River districts over two weekends. These range from large established country gardens (some over 50 years old), to young, recently planted gardens in villages and on smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural beauty an hour’s drive from Cape Town. New this year is Brookelands, a garden with lovely views set right against the mountains with a couple of dams and a stream arising from an artesian well. The owner is an indigenous tree enthusiast, and has raised many…

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Food garden growing our youth

It’s no secret that many South Africans live below the poverty line and go to bed hungry. It is also well-known that many pupils have to go to school without having eaten anything and this affects their performance at school. For Chapel Street Primary School in Salt River hungry children who can’t concentrate are not a concern, thanks to Woolworths Financial Services which planted a food garden for the school. The school, which already had a feeding scheme for pupils, now has a 400m2 garden to help keep hunger away and provide fresh, nutritional food. <a href=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24&sz=600×50&c=1714931275&t=artid%3de24eda05-f5c2-43a8-94ae-60393f5c5638%26accreditation%3dpeople%27s+post%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24&sz=600×50&c=1714931275&t=artid%3de24eda05-f5c2-43a8-94ae-60393f5c5638%26accreditation%3dpeople%27s+post%26posno%3d1″ border=”0″…

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National Botanical Garden cleaned up

SANBI’S KZN National Botanical Garden hosted its fourth annual clean-up recently and encouraged the public to assist. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage individuals to take better care of the environment by reducing, re-using and recycling waste and promote a culture of recycling. The campaign is in line with the SANBI’s role that promotes conservancy and sustainable use of natural resources. This year stakeholders in the environmental sector took part in the clean-up, including KwaZulu-Natal Environmental Affairs, Duct Conservation Trust, Msunduzi Museum, Wildlands and Msunduzi Municipality parks department and Ward 26 councillor, Glenn McArthur. <a href=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24&sz=600×50&c=538979836&t=artid%3db5229ac0-5e11-42f8-b068-e233ede5b30b%26accreditation%3dmaritzburg+fever%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24&sz=600×50&c=538979836&t=artid%3db5229ac0-5e11-42f8-b068-e233ede5b30b%26accreditation%3dmaritzburg+fever%26posno%3d1″…

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Indigenous trees the latest step in city beauty drive

As part of Arbor week, Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela yesterday picked up a spade to help plant 50 indigenous trees. The trees were planted along the centre island of Bhambatha Road, Northdale, yesterday. The trees planted include tree of the year Combretum kraussii (forest bushwillow), Calodedrum capense (Cape Chestnut) and Schotia brachypetala (African greenheart). Ndlela, who was sweating with the exertion of digging holes for the trees, said the municipality hoped to achieve multiple goals with this initiative. <a href=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/Green/Articles&sz=600×50&c=162294723&t=artid%3dd359c786-fc50-4111-b04b-afff09790461%26Places%3dpietermaritzburg%26Topics%3darbor+week%26accreditation%3dthe+witness%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/Green/Articles&sz=600×50&c=162294723&t=artid%3dd359c786-fc50-4111-b04b-afff09790461%26Places%3dpietermaritzburg%26Topics%3darbor+week%26accreditation%3dthe+witness%26posno%3d1″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> “From an environmental point of view, we want to prevent soil erosion. Also, these are indigenous trees…

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Push for action against fake forests

AN environmental lobby group is hoping to put pressure on the world forestry conference in Durban next week to curb the growth of what they deem to be “fake forests”. The Global Forest Coalition (GFC), which represents indigenous groups globally from more than 40 countries who believe their land rights are being violated by big government and corporations, is expected to petition the UN next week to have the definition of “planted forests” changed. According to Durban-based Timberwatch project co-ordinator Wally Menne, they will also be hosting a counter-conference next week to ­coincide with the World Forestry Conference at the…

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