November 17, 2018

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Out & About at FutureScape Africa 2018 -

Friday, November 16, 2018

The New Retirement Landscape -

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Canadian Canoe Museum’s 1.5acre Green Roof -

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources -

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Landscaping and Gardening Services Industry Analysis & Outlook 2018-2022 by Marketresearchpro -

Friday, October 12, 2018

South Africa’s Garden Day- Sunday 21 October 2018 -

Friday, October 5, 2018

Goosen takes first steps towards landscape restoration at Royal Cape -

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Just in time for summer… we introduce ‘The Blyde- Pretoria’ -

Monday, October 1, 2018

Turftech installs revolutionary multipurpose pitch at Ashton International College in Benoni -

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Brand new from Wacker Neuson, the MCT36-5 walk-behind concrete trowel, for perfect concrete finishing results -

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Organic waste not wasted for long- Corona Facility is re-shaping the waste landscape -

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cellfast Water Timers -

Monday, September 3, 2018

Garden club hears from award-winning local -

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Beyond Compost- Reliance Reconnects Design & Soil -

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Growing a business and flourishing in farming -

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Cape Green Forum hosts its 32nd Cape Green Trade Day 22 August 2018 -

Friday, August 17, 2018

Corobrik’s striking new paving selection -

Friday, August 17, 2018

Cape Construction Expo 12-13 September -

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Ethekwini Municipality Verge Competition 2018 -

Friday, August 10, 2018

Leon Kluge proves he is the best of the best at Singapore’s Garden Festival -

Friday, August 10, 2018

The invention allowing sustainable farming from CPUT

Word of an  invention that will allow communities to do small scale farming, especially in areas where there is little or no infrastructure and low levels of expertise, is spreading fast. The Small Scale Modular Solar Powered Aquaponics System was invented by lecturer Fareed Ismail and was recently showcased at the Spice Mecca Radio 786 Ramadaan Expo. Unveiled last year, the invention is proving popular with a number of organization and individuals requesting to partner with Ismail or purchase the project. The system consists of an aquaculture unit to breed and grow fish as well as a hydroponics water filtration…

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Project Promotes Organic Farming

THE Jica School farming project held an organic gardening workshop on 9 September at Siphofu’s Esibanini hall. The event saw 130 attendants from 40 schools and representatives from other organisations taking part and displaying their harvest. Kaoru Sibongile Hirabayashi of the Together­ with Africa and Asia Association, who are promoting organic farming, said it is important to teach organic farming to pupils. “The purpose of the event is to allow pupils to get skills on how to do this type of farming because it is good for the environment,” said Hirabayashi. She said that organically farmed produce tastes better and…

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Cash-starved farms in Tanzania to get a boost

Dar es Salaam – Tanzania will invest 800bn shillings ($380m) over the next eight years in a new state-run agriculture bank to boost growth in the sector, which has long been stifled by low productivity and a lack of financing. President Jakaya Kikwete launched the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) on Friday after the government provided 60bn shillings in seed capital for its establishment. “Around 75 percent of Tanzanians depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and the sector contributes to 25 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) and accounts for 34% of the country’s export earnings,” Kikwete said in…

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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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