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WWF: Getting to grips with groundwater

24 January at 02:00 AM, via WWF

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...

Fighting Wildlife Crime – CapeNature on the Expresso breakfast show

23 January at 11:41 AM, via CapeNature

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 […]

WWF: It's time to prepare for Day Zero

17 January at 02:00 AM, via WWF

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...

Valentine’s Day 2018 – Enjoy a romantic escape with CapeNature

16 January at 15:41 PM, via CapeNature

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 […]

Shore fishing at Keurbooms Strand

12 January at 14:25 PM, via CapeNature

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 […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Take a hike! Five day hiking trails to tackle in 2018

11 January at 11:25 AM, via CapeNature

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, […]

Swift terns infected with avian influenza

10 January at 16:05 PM, via CapeNature

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 […]

Western Cape State of Biodiversity Report 2017

22 December 2017 at 00:01 AM, via CapeNature

CapeNature has compiled State of Biodiversity reports every five years since 2002 and the 2017 release is the fourth report. These reports aim to give some indication of the state of the ecosystems of the Western Cape Province (WCP). These reports taken together over time should provide rough trends in the health of the WCP’s […]

How To Be a Wildlife Rescue Hero

21 December 2017 at 13:43 PM, via CapeNature

Often it is human nature to want to help stranded and injured Wildlife. What we do not realise is that we may be doing more harm than good. It is always important, when you come across a stranded animal or wildlife that looks injured or abandoned, to first stand back and make sure that the […]

Simple fix for the big flush

20 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Because most plumbing in public spaces is based on outdated water-borne technology, one of the biggest challenges is to find ways to limit flushing potable water down the loo while keeping things squeaky clean, especially if you're a woman.While puzzling over this problem Bradley Bergh, with the technical help of Faan Swiegers, came up with a novel idea for a waterless urinal for women made...

Put the Spotlight on Hiker Safety this Summer 2017!

18 December 2017 at 09:38 AM, via CapeNature

CapeNature has many reserves near Cape Town, including Jonkershoek, Hottentots Holland, Limietberg and Kogelberg, where you can find great hiking trails, ranging from short rambles to multi-day hikes that allow you to explore the vast beauty and biodiversity of our natural resources. But, as with all outdoor activities, safety should always be a primary concern. During […]

Call for Comment: Anysberg Nature Reserve Protected Area Management Plan

15 December 2017 at 14:14 PM, via CapeNature

This is a notification of the stakeholder engagement process and an invitation to attend a public meeting to provide inputs and comments to the draft Protected Area Management Plan for the Anysberg Nature Reserve. The objective of this management plan is to ensure that the protection, conservation and management of Anysberg Nature Reserve is consistent […]

Things to do, places to go for a #WaterwiseXmas

15 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Did you miss out on our #WaterwiseXmas chat at the start of the festive season? With our co-hosts Travellers 24 and Sho't Left, we lifted the lid on alternative water-wise habits, ideas and experiences to help you celebrate the festive season while doing your bit amidst the Western Cape's worst drought in 100 years.Many businesses offered up the measures they've already got in place ahead of...

10 ways that Woolies is walking the water talk

12 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Retailer Woolworths was one of the first companies to put up its hand up when WWF South Africa launched its #WatershedWednesday campaign. Here are 10 innovations the retailer has made to cut back on water use.1. Real-time meteringWoolworths has installed real-time water metering at 77% of its stores across South Africa and in Africa – and is thus able to monitor 95% of its total water...

Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan – a roadmap to a sustainable and inclusive living environment

11 December 2017 at 10:00 AM, via CapeNature

The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) is mandated to conserve the unique natural heritage resources of the Western Cape for the benefit of all. The responsibility for conserving the Western Cape’s biodiversity, however, also lies with many other state agencies within national, provincial and local spheres of government, supported by organisations in the private […]

Khetha – supporting communities' right to choose

11 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

CAPE TOWN (11th December 2017). The illegal trade of wildlife products – including rhino horn and elephant ivory – is the world's fourth largest transnational crime. These crimes represent not just a threat to Africa's endangered animals, but also affect the safety and well-being of communities who live near these protected areas.  WWF South Africa and the United States Agency for...

The Perpetual Fire Season

08 December 2017 at 14:38 PM, via CapeNature

With an alarming 50 fires recorded since April this year, it appears as if the Western Cape fire season has never stopped. Tony Marshall, CapeNature’s Programme Manager: Integrated Catchment Management says this is an unusual occurrence. “Traditionally, winter is not part of the fire season.” He adds “Yet, we’ve seen this change in pattern with […]

The whopping truth of that burger

08 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

We never think about how much water a meat-based diet takes. It won't break the bank to buy that burger meal but when you consider the illustration below, you'll realise you're paying the earth for a bite.That yummy burger we chow on the go uses roughly 1 500 litres of water to make – that's from farm to table.

BLOG: Next-level water restrictions call for next-level action

07 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-RasA colleague picked up a breaking news story this week that might have flown under the radar for most. For me, and hopefully at least half of Cape Town, it was a scary reminder that the worst of our water nightmares are yet to come.It was another increase in Cape Town's water restrictions to level 6, coming into effect from 1 January 2018, as stated in the Western Cape...

Counting the drops with WWF's Braamie army

06 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

I had watched the 6-star green building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, being built from afar and when I was given the chance to work in it, I leapt at the opportunity.I've never looked back.It's meant that I can make a considerable impact on cutting water wastage without having to give it a second thought.In the process, I uncovered an interesting pattern: When business operations are framed...

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