The 22nd March, is World Water Day and the theme for 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ which encourages us to find solutions in nature to the challenges we face with water shortages. In South Africa, this day forms part of National Water Week which is from 18 March to 24 March in 2018. In this […]
In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 21st March every year, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, […]
Most of the nature reserves managed by CapeNature are in mountainous areas where most of our rain falls. Just eight percent of South Africa’s land produces 50% of its surface water. These high water yield mountainous areas are strategic water resource areas and include the Boland Mountains, Groot Winterhoek and the Cape Peninsula which provide […]
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The theme […]
Fountains, rivers and streams have dried up in CapeNature’s Kammanassie Nature Reserve (KNR) in the Klein Karoo, between Uniondale and Oudtshoorn due to the severe drought caused inter alia by climate change and animals in the area have been hard hit by the lack of water. Amongst the animals in dire need is the precious […]
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List is a comprehensive inventory which sets criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of a range of biological species and subspecies. There are nine IUCN Red List categories: Extinct (EX) – No known individuals remaining Extinct in the wild (EW) – Known only to survive in captivity, […]
Ramese Mathews, Tourism Manager at CapeNature, visited the SABC 3 Expresso Breakfast Show studios recently to talk about the water saving technologies in place at various CapeNature reserves across the Western Cape Province. He discussed the challenges faced by the tourism industry in the Western Cape in the light of recent fires and drought and […]
Nine Differently-Abled Children Prepare for the Iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour Super-Human Cyclists Give the Gift of Adventure On Sunday 11 March 2018 nine differently-abled children, ranging from eight- to twenty-years-old and with varying disabilities, will share in the spirit and camaraderie of the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour towed by able-bodied cyclists in specially […]
CapeNature is committed to using as little water as possible in all its existing tourism offerings. Over the last five years the public institution implemented preventative measures on its reserves through innovative water saving technologies. As guardians of the Western Cape’s precious natural resources, CapeNature focuses on developing nature-based recreational tourism products by...
Many communities across South Africa are directly dependent on wetlands for their survival, while wetlands provide indirect, but crucial services to many others. Yet despite this, these critical ecosystems are deteriorating and their capacity to provide goods and services is increasingly diminished as a result of human activities. After the signing of the Convention on […]
As Day Zero edges closer, people are stockpiling water from shops and springs. The idea of designated collection points is an uncomfortable thought, and so many people are looking at alternative emergency sources such as rainwater tanks, pools and boreholes. These sources make a lot of sense for toilet flushing and washing, but what about drinking and cooking? How do I know if my borehole or...
Cape Town (25 January 2018). The ongoing rhino poaching challenge is not only spreading to other species but also impacting on rural people living around protected areas through exposure to organised crime syndicates.WWF South Africa raised this concern after the South African Department of Environmental Affairs announced that 1 028 rhino were illegally killed during 2017. The figure shows a...
Whatever your fitness level or appetite for adventure, there’s something new out there for everyone to experience for the first time in 2018. In this blog we feature something for everyone; stargazing in Anysberg, whale watching in the Overberg, kloofing and zip lining in the Hottentots Holland and canoeing on the Keurbooms River. Go Stargazing […]
In this second weekly update to help people in Cape Town take practical steps to prepare for Day Zero, we talk about groundwater. Collected rainwater and groundwater are critical 'off-mains' sources of water that now are helping households reduce the demand for bulk water, and will be even more important when the taps are turned off. Groundwater is a hidden resource that is a national asset and...
CapeNature is a key partner with the South African Police Service in the fight against biodiversity crime in the Western Cape, and also works closely with national organisations like the National Biodiversity Investigators’ Forum and the National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit. Paul Gildenhuys, Programme Manager of the Biodiversity Crime Unit (BCU) recently appeared live on […]
What is Day Zero? When is it likely to happen? What will happen on that day? Is it too late to start saving water?For the last few months, Capetonians have been talking about Day Zero, the day when the city's taps are expected to run dry but what does this really mean?In the first of a regular weekly update, WWF South Africa will be publishing a Wednesday Water File to help households and...
If you’re under pressure and not sure what do this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. Instead of rushing for those last minute overpriced gifts, why not book an affordable romantic stay in the wild with CapeNature and earn all the brownie points you deserve from your significant other! Here’s a list of romantic escapes […]
CapeNature’s Thobani N. Mbonane, Nature Conservator for the Robberg Marine Protected Area contributed the following fascinating insight into the history of fishing along the Keurbooms coastline. Fishing Along Keurbooms Strand: Rich in History TN Mbonane Are you looking to take on a new hobby this Summer? Fishing along the Keurbooms Strand has certainly become a […]
We all want to be fitter and healthier in 2018. Sure you could take out a gym membership or start a new eating plan and if you’re able to stick to it, then more power to you. But why not start an activity that could become a lifetime hobby while bringing you closer to nature, […]
A number of swift terns in the Western Cape have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of avian influenza. Please be on the lookout for sick or dead terns and contact the state vet in the area. In addition, the following vets are aware of the situation and are willing to assist with euthanasia: Dr […]