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Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

There is a sense of relief following the recent downpour in Cape Town and many hope it marks the beginning of the much needed wet winter the city is known for...

By Laura Caetano 3 days ago

Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces
Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces

Resilience is a word that's thrown around a lot these days. It means different things to different people...

By Gina Ziervogel and Lorena Pasquini 3 days ago

Blok to launch development in Bo-Kaap
Blok to launch development in Bo-Kaap

Urban property developer Blok will be launching a new development concept in Cape Town's Bo-Kaap with the aim of providing urban homes to a more diverse range of incomes...

3 days ago

Ideas World Cup Cape Town aims to find societal, environmental solutions
Ideas World Cup Cape Town aims to find societal, environmental solutions

The Ideas World Cup Cape Town takes place Friday, 21 April, from 1pm to 6pm at the V&A Waterfront's Amphitheatre...

20 Apr 2017

Hotel Verde staff celebrating the good news of FTT accreditation at the eco pool
#WTMA17: Hotel Verde now Fair Trade Tourism certified

Hotel Verde has been certified by Fair Trade Tourism at the annual World Travel Market Africa currently underway in Cape Town...

20 Apr 2017

Scientists discover a way to harvest fresh water from air
Scientists discover a way to harvest fresh water from air

This device also works in arid regions...

19 Apr 2017

R2.4bn programme to light up Ekurhuleni
R2.4bn programme to light up Ekurhuleni

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina has announced a R2.4bn programme for the electrification of informal settlements across Ekurhuleni, with over 16,000 households to be completed by the end of this financial year...

19 Apr 2017

Five social good innovations
Five social good innovations

Added Value highlights five social good innovations from around the globe...

14 Apr 2017

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech
Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges...

By Sindy Peters 13 Apr 2017

Trio partner to develop resilience framework for northern Durban
Trio partner to develop resilience framework for northern Durban

As part of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Programme, Durban aims to create a city that will survive and thrive in spite of environmental and societal changes...

13 Apr 2017

Investing in sustainability enhances brand value
Investing in sustainability enhances brand value

Investing in sustainability and The Carbon Trust Standard is not only a risk management tool...

13 Apr 2017

2017 Green Talents competition open for entries
2017 Green Talents competition open for entries

Since its inception, the award has recognised 182 young researchers and scientists from 51 nations...

13 Apr 2017

Entries close on 18 April for the SingularityU Southern Africa GIC
Entries close on 18 April for the SingularityU Southern Africa GIC

Entries close on 18 April for the Singularity University, Global Impact Challenge. This challenge is an open call to innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in southern Africa...

Issued by Mann Made Media 12 Apr 2017

Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN
Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

The world added a record 138.5-gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23% drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced on Thursday, 6 April...

10 Apr 2017

Investors want to know the risks of climate change
Investors want to know the risks of climate change

The North Gauteng High Court recently ruled that the environmental authorisation for a new coal-fired power station had not properly considered the project's climate change impacts...

6 Apr 2017

Clean tech SMEs called to enter 2017 GCIP-SA programme
Clean tech SMEs called to enter 2017 GCIP-SA programme

Applications are now open for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA)...

6 Apr 2017

McDonald's U14 Schools League reveals 'Small teams, Big dreams' coaches
McDonald's U14 Schools League reveals 'Small teams, Big dreams' coaches

In continuing its commitment to develop dreams of young South Africans at grassroots level, McDonald's SA has partnered with South Africa's renowned soccer legends to be part of the McDonald's U/14 Schools League 2017 under the theme 'Small teams, Big dreams'...

Issued by Pacinamix 6 Apr 2017

Sustainability - the driving force of the future
Sustainability - the driving force of the future

The cost of not being sustainable is starting to exert pressure on business...

By Matthew Renshaw 5 Apr 2017

Transforming the built environment
Transforming the built environment

Tour & Taxis is Vincent Callebaut Architecture's plan for a green haven in Brussels...

By Jamie Matroos 5 Apr 2017

Satellifes at night.
Purposefully recolouring township satellites with Grey

Lack of visible house numbers in the townships often results in unnecessary delays in emergency treatment and sometimes, death. Grey Africa's CCO Fran Luckin and head of design Kean Hartnady explain how Grey's Satellifes campaign is saving lives...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Apr 2017

Hackathon hosted to generate solutions to water crisis
Hackathon hosted to generate solutions to water crisis

Rise, Barclays Africa's innovation hub in Cape Town, recently hosted a water hackathon to help harness the power of collaboration in finding solutions to the Western Cape's current water crisis...

31 Mar 2017

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LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access set for Nairobi

The inaugural LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access will take place at the Hotel InterContinental Nairobi on 22 and 23 May 2017, in partnership with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)...

31 Mar 2017

Solving SA's housing crisis through public-private cooperation
Solving SA's housing crisis through public-private cooperation

This year's Budget Speech prioritised both national and provincial economic infrastructure requirements, which includes the reprioritisation of R600m to the Social Housing Regulatory Authority for investment in rental housing units...

30 Mar 2017

New research vessel explores oceans for the sake of better marine resources management
New research vessel explores oceans for the sake of better marine resources management

"This new vessel allows us to improve research and activities where marine observations are extremely limited, and better understand the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and our oceans."

28 Mar 2017

CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago
CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago

CTICC, in an effort to reduce water consumption, has implemented a number of initiatives to further curtails its use of potable and irrigation water...

22 Mar 2017

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

With 75% of hotels' environmental impact being directly related to excessive consumption, we have committed to transforming ourselves and, in turn, the environment, by adopting a more eco-friendly approach...

20 Mar 2017

How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa
How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa

Most households in tropical sub-Saharan Africa – over 80% – use some form of biomass, such as charcoal or wood as their primary source of energy, mainly for cooking...

By Michael Jones and Matthew Saunders 16 Mar 2017

Ecocubo's alternative living space
Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

The University of Porto (UPTEC), Portuguese startup Ecocubo has created a prefab perfect for travellers...

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

Implementing zero-emission deliveries
Implementing zero-emission deliveries

This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world's first all-electric heavy duty truck to market in a small series...

10 Mar 2017

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