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cape leopard trust creating concern for the enviroment

Submitted by MichaelE on Tue, 2010-03-09 10:55

Children from the Gereformeerde Laerskool, grade 6 and 7, learning to track a leopardChildren from the Gereformeerde Laerskool, grade 6 and 7, learning to track a leopardThe Cape Leopard Trust (CLT), in partnership with Cape Nature, launched their environmental camp in the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, Cederberg at the end of 2009 to aid their efforts with their education and outreach programme. The programme, which began in January 2009, is primarily aimed at children, providing them with quality experiences that teach them more about the wilderness and themselves.

Various themes are explored at the camps including biodiversity, leopard ecology, human-wildlife conflict, animal tracking, geology, rock art and astronomy. The underlying goal for the programme and the camp is to help young people to develop an understanding and connection with the wilderness.

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it's a map, it's green, and now it's in print

Submitted by sproutingforth on Tue, 2009-11-24 14:10

www.capetowngreenmap.co.za now has a print map. You can either get hold of it free of charge from Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centres, or you can be one of the first to download a pdf version (read further).

This morning we were one of a small party of people (most of them the steering committee) who met on a hill at Tygerberg Hills Nature Reserve to launch the print map...


the nature of life review

Submitted by Dax on Wed, 2009-07-29 22:37

I've seen many documentaries about climate change in my life and most of them have been quite depressing and leave one feeling a bit hopeless. Nature of Life is the first one I've seen which tackles this topic from a positive perspective. Not only that but it looks at the topic from an African perspective which is also interesting as a lot of other documentaries are Euro centric or US centric.

The first part of the documentary gives a brief overview of the problem of Climate Change, pointing out that people who have the smallest carbon footprints are the ones who, ironically, are going to be affected the most. They illustrate this point by interviewing an African tribe who are struggling to survive because of a lack of rain.

The balance of the documentary looks at solutions that have been developed around Africa to combat climate change.


farming the seas documentary review

Submitted by Dax on Thu, 2009-07-02 01:01

In SA we have 2 major documentary festivals: the Tri continental Film Festival and the Encounters Festival. Both of them are very professional events which provide an opportunity for us to view some excellent documentaries which we might otherwise not get to see.

The 2009 Encounters festival starts on the 2nd July at the Waterfront Nu Metro and boasts another great Selection. of documentaries. Unfortunately, one of their primary sponsors pulled their funding so they will appreciate your support more than ever.

Farming the Seas is one of the documentaries I have watched at a previous Encounters festival, and the topic of the oceans and fishing is getting a lot of attention right now. A new documentary, The End of the Line has recently been released and is causing quite a stir. Hopefully we will get to see it here soon.


it's the only pair we've got

Submitted by turbosprout on Wed, 2009-06-24 13:04

We've been puffing away for way too long and there ain't nobody to provide a transplant. More than a couple of packs a day for over two hundred years are taking their toll... climate change and deforestation are the same sides of a coin of uncaring.

This was part of a TBWA France campaign for WWF which really drives the point home. Gotta cut the carbon consumption. When are we going to quit?


green map set to green the city of cape town

Submitted by Ahmed on Thu, 2009-06-04 11:52


You haven’t met before?
No, seriously, you haven’t?

Well, then… meet the Cape Town Green Map.
What’s that? You have no idea what it is? Well then, it seems a proper introduction is in order. May I formally introduce to you Africa’s first, very exciting, helpful, online, interactive Green Map.

A map, I hear you say? Well, as with all maps, it does provide direction – but with a difference.

No other map has attempted to chart and detail the city of Cape Town from a green angle before. This particular one is unique in that way. The map can be used to make greener lifestyle choices, and help people to make more informed decisions on how to live sustainably. It is also different because it is on-going, evolving and is constantly being updated.


hout bay green faire this weekend!

Submitted by turbosprout on Thu, 2009-02-26 11:50

Last year's spring green faire was really great - authentic green stallholders in an outdoor setting with perfect weather, good food, lots to see and talk about plus activities for the kids. We were hoping this would become a regular event and now it's back, just in time for the end of summer.

Looks from the programme that there is even more lined up including demo's on grey water systems, solar and wind power, eco-building, growing your own food and my personal favourite - compost toilets (using a compost loo for two weeks is definitely not an experience you forget!).

Water saving shower heads, making biodiesel from cooking oil, eco-awareness raising cinema, puppet edutainment for kids and music courtesy of Jamie Jupiter are some of the things you can look forward to. Here for more details.

The Green Faire will be held outside the Hout Bay Community Cultural Centre, (the old Bowling Club) adjacent to Hout Bay common and market on Baviaanskloof and Main Rds. Adults R20, kids under 10 free, Gates open from 9am to 6pm. This ‘Faire’ is a fundraising and awareness raising event, held in the spirit of community.

More info here


save the wild coast petition

Submitted by turbosprout on Fri, 2008-09-19 12:41

Pic: Sustaining the Wild Coast: Current dune mining operations near Richards BayPic: Sustaining the Wild Coast: Current dune mining operations near Richards BayPrevent open cast mining on the pristine wild coast. If you feel this is important, please sign this petition straight away as it is going to be submitted today, 19th September.

For more info see the Sustaining the Wild Coast website

From the email doing the rounds:

The South African Department of Minerals and Energy has handed the rights to destroy the pristine Transkei coastline to an Australian mining company. As is usual in underhand deals like this, jobs are promised to the locals to minimise opposition, when in actual fact the locals will be left with the legacy of the destructive effects of open caste mining for generations, and the promised jobs will go to skilled outsiders.

Locals have seen through the charade, and local leaders, such as AmaMpondo king Mpondomini Sigcau are mobilising against the deal. There's a good chance of it being overturned, as the extent of the local opposition has caught Mineral and Energy minister Buyelwa Sonjica by surprise, and she has since claimed that "a mistake was made, of not consulting properly, not by us as a department, but by MRC. We need to correct that".

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decision to strip wild coast of titanium

Submitted by sproutingforth on Tue, 2008-08-19 09:36

The department of minerals and energy (DME) has decided to grant a mining right to an Australian resources company to mine titanium from the sand dunes in the Xolobeni section of the pristine wild coast.

A media statement released by WESSA and Coastwatch last week claims that this fact, far from being announced publicly, was discovered via the Australian Stock Exchange, meaning that the DME has decided not to follow due process and inform interested and affected parties. Nor...

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wildflower time – greg takes to the n7

Submitted by sproutingforth on Tue, 2008-08-12 09:33

It’s wildflower time again! The moment when the N7 is literally inundated with daisies (you’ve already heard all of the apt descriptions about patchwork quilts and tapestries of flowers – well, they’re all true!) and just about everyone in Cape Town heads off to find the incredible delight of colour. This year’s wildflower display is slightly different.

It seems that awareness of our environment and its intense vulnerability is fast growing. Greg Nicolson, a masters student at UCT, has set off on a journey, shank’s pony style, from the Namibian border to Cape Town along the N7. Why? He’s mapping the rare and

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