June 15, 2019

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The LafargeHolcim Awards: Entries Open! -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

BTech Students shine at Architectural Awards -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cape Town’s Green Map promoting 10 years of sustainable living on World Environment Day -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Arup breaks ground on new hotel and residential development in airport city in Accra -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Durban’s bold R62bn facelift plan to boost rates base for city -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New mixed-use student accommodation revitalises Hatfield Square -

Friday, May 31, 2019

CALL FOR EXEMPLARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS & VISIONARY DESIGN CONCEPTS -

Friday, May 31, 2019

Canopy by Hilton to open first Africa property in Cape Town -

Friday, May 31, 2019

Landscape Architecture Foundation announces winners for 2019 Olmsted Scholars Program -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Promenade extension nearing completion -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Arbor City Awards -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bringing Home the Gold! -

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alison Hirsch appointed as USC’s director of Masters of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program -

Friday, May 17, 2019

City mulls a ‘fresh coat’ to curb bark stripping -

Friday, May 17, 2019

New outdoor gym for Bellville Campus -

Friday, May 17, 2019

CAPE TOWN’S ABSA BUILDING TO BE REDEVELOPED -

Friday, May 17, 2019

FutureScape 2019. Book Your Stand Today! -

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal -

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cape Town winner in City Nature Challenge thanks to residents -

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Friday, May 3, 2019

City empowers residents

The City of Cape Town is continually seeking ways to empower its residents through various training and development projects. Last week 40 participants from the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) received certificates of competency for completing accredited training in garden maintenance. The participants, who completed a two-week training session at the Khayelitsha and Strand City Parks depots, are from the following areas: Kuils River, Eerste River, Mfuleni, Strand and Khayelitsha. This programme was coordinated by the City’s EPWP Department in conjunction with City Parks, as well as the National Department of Public Works and Agriseta. The comprehensive training focused…

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Sustainable use of natural resources in emerging markets

The perception that the natural resources of emerging markets around the world, including Africa, are being stripped and consumed wholesale by developed economies, must be reconsidered. Kim Carstensen, executive director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) says emerging economies are increasingly aware of the need for prudent use of natural resources. This has led several to adopt certification systems to facilitate their responsible use, such as that of FSC. Rigorous certification a solutoin to deforestation Mozambique, for example, in 2014 had the highest annual percentage growth of certified forests, which helps promote protection of its natural forests. The certification of…

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Drought relief measures adequate, for now

What was once the lifeblood of agriculture in the Umkhanyagude District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal is now a dry basin of scorched earth. The Mhlathuze River is dry, a sign of the huge challenges facing the Department of Water and Sanitation and for local government in providing residents, businesses and livestock with water. Despite this, the joint Committees of Water and Sanitation, and Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs have agreed that the relief measures are satisfactory for now, as the province battles the drought. The committees are on a joint oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal to ascertain progress in government interventions. “We…

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‘Tree-preneurs’ set to fight climate war

“Tree-preneurs” will be part of a new campaign to plant one million indigenous trees in predetermined areas of South Africa over the next three years. Unilever South Africa said yesterday that as part of its international brightFuture campaign, and as a sign of its commitment to take action against climate change, it had entered into a partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust to plant the trees. The NGO has created a network of “tree-preneurs” across four provinces. This network gives unskilled individuals in poverty-stricken areas the chance to improve their way of life by growing and bartering indigenous trees in…

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Improving Regional Trade in Africa

African countries are much more likely to trade with countries beyond the continent than with their own neighbours. In fact, according to UNCTAD, intra-African exports represent just 11% of total exports, compared to 50% in Asia and 70% in Europe. It’s a problem long recognised by government and industry, and it’s fair to say that progress is being made. The 2014 Malabo Declaration states an objective of tripling intra-African trade in agricultural goods and services by 2025, while June 10 saw the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area, a joint initiative by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern…

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The Darling Flower Show

The Darling Wildflower Show has been presented by the Darling Wildflower Society since 1917, and the work is substantially done by volunteers. The work   of the society focusses on two significant aspects of renosterveld, namely its unique character and the urgent need for its conservation. This has led to the   recent founding of the Darling Wildflower Trust, and whilst continuing to support local charities, the income from the show now mainly goes towards conservation initiatives like the Darling Flora Project. As there are too many plants on show to label each individually, an example of  each plant is…

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New project to launch hubs for horticulture in Africa

Vegetable production in peri-urban corridors must expand to address Africa’s rapidly changing demographics, increasing demand from urban consumer markets, and urgent need for a more nutritious food supply. A diverse group of partners from Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Australia gathered in Arusha, Tanzania from 1-4 October 2013 to plan activities that will make it possible for more people to participate in urban horticulture through a new project, “Improving Income and Nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa by Enhancing Vegetable-based Farming and Food Systems in Peri-urban Corridors” (VINESA). AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center is leading the initiative, which will…

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Age-old tree preserved

A cloned sapling has been planted to preserve South Africa’s oldest cultivate tree. At 360 years old, the Saffron Pear is located in the Company’s Garden. In 2013, the tree’s genetic value was preserved when Tru-Cape took bud graft material from the tree and propagated this on rootstock. This is equivalent to cloning as the buds retain exactly the same genetic characteristics as the original tree. ON Friday 11 September, the City of Cape Town with Tru-Cape, preserved the new generation of the Saffron Pear tree for another few centuries when a cloned sapling was planted next to the parent…

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The Know How on Harvesting Rainwater

Rainwater harvesting is the collection, storage and distribution of rainwater and the perfect storage facility for rainwater is a water tank. Rainwater can essentially be used anywhere you use tap water. The idea of using drinking water to flush toilets and water lawns is wasteful and irresponsible, especially in light of the population growth and water shortages across the country. Rainwater harvesting greens your home lessens your environmental footprint. Rainwater is an absolutely FREE source of water. You will reduce flooding and erosion caused by storm water run off OUR ROOF YOUR ALLY 1mm of rain allows you to harvest…

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Cloning to preserve Cape Town’s Saffron Pear tree

Located in the Company’s Garden is South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree, the Saffron Pear, at 360 years old. The tree’s genetic value was preserved when Tru-Cape took bud graft material from the tree in 2013 and propagated this on rootstock. Equivalent to cloning, the buds retain exactly the same genetic characteristics as the original tree. The City and Tru-Cape planted a cloned sapling next to the parent tree, preserving the new generation of the Saffron Pear tree for another few centuries. The oldest cultivated tree in South Africa still lives in the Company’s Garden enclosed by a cast-iron railing and…

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