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

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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Empowering women can help drive sustainable forest use in Africa

According to the director and founder of the Cameroon-based NGO African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Cécile Ndjebet, millions of African women work in forestry, but many lack the rights of land tenure afforded to their male counterparts. The global forestry sector could play a powerful role in empowering rural women through land tenure. “Women have a vital role, but their positions are often precarious. Women are frequently disadvantaged in a range of interrelated cultural, socio-economic and institutional ways, in their access to and control over forest resources and in the availability of economic opportunities. “There is…

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South African plants add variety

As California’s drought stretches into the future, the plants of Earth’s five Mediterranean climate zones attract gardeners’ interest and soon earn their appreciation. Many of these plants are fine additions to the landscape, offering beauty, fragrance and benefits for garden fauna as well as easy cultivation (with some exceptions) and environmental friendliness. In today’s column, with our feet on the ground, we have an overview of the flora of one of these “summer-dry” zones: South Africa. This relatively small country’s Mediterranean climate zone is the very small and extraordinary Cape Floristic Region. Botanists have identified six Floristic Regions (floral kingdoms)…

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Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden targets alien plants on Arbor Week

The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden visited the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Christian School on 01 September 2015, the first day of Arbor Week. The garden team and education officers joined forces to commemorate this important event. Three trees were planted, two of which are indigenous to the area. The school was specifically chosen because of the large number of alien trees on the premises.   The Garden’s curator Mr Werner Voigt gave an inspiring and informative speech on Arbor week, its importance and why we should plant indigenous trees. He also urged learners to take good care of…

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CREW team rediscovers long lost Polycarena Silenoides

One of the first things I learnt from Ismail over the past ten months since I joined the CREW [Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers] team, is that “special” doesn’t always mean big or showy when it comes to threatened species, and there is much reward to be found in looking for the small and seemingly uninteresting plants as well. For my very first Peninsula based outing with the FloraDoc Group in October last year, [CREW programme manager] Ismail Ebrahim instructed me to seek and find Polycarena silenoides – a tall order for a small plant found only on Lion’s Head…

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