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Business Day Renewable Energy Dialogue: Part 1

"Welcome to the Business Day Renewable Energy Dialogue, a conversation between high-powered people on issues that really matter to SA."

There are lively debates springing up all about South Africa, driven mostly by single issues and aimed at influencing public opinion. The Business Day Dialogues series is much broader in scope than these current debates, and aims to influence policy as well as the man and woman in the street.

Joburg prepares to launch new Rea Vaya routes

The Rea Vaya Phase 1B which runs from Soweto and pass through Noordegesig, New Canada, Pennyville, Bosmont, Coronationville, Newclare, Westbury, Westdene, Melville, Auckland Park and Parktown and linking to the CBD, is set to be operational in October this year.

This is in line with the announcement made by the Executive Mayor, Mpho Parks Tau during his State of the City Address in Johannesburg early this year, where he emphasised that Rea Vaya is one of the key catalysts of transit orientated development and of developing “corridors of freedom” in the City of Joburg.   

Eco-Logic award winners announced

Hosted by Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3, the Eco-Logic Awards ceremony for 2013 took place on Thursday, 26 September at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng.

The event focuses on Eco-Logic - a mindset and value system that goes beyond products and manufacturing to include how we run our businesses, how we live in society and our communities and the application of natural law to our politics and economy. All category winners personified these values.

Tomato in a Can Garden Project launched in Alexandra school

The Speaker of the Council, Cllr Conny Bapela in partnership with Nedbank and Cangro visited M.C. Weiler School in Alexandra to establish Tomatoes in a Cans Garden Project on Friday, 13 September 2013.

Cangro taught learners through a drama about recycling and how to start vegetable gardens. Nedbank donated cans and plants to assist the learners to grow their own vegetable as part of the bank community social responsibility.

Free Entry in celebration of SA National Parks Week

The annual South African National Parks Week takes placs this week (9 – 13 September 2013) affording South African day visitors free access into all National Parks across the country.

The National Parks Week initiative was born out of the realization that the majority of South Africa’s citizens were not visiting parks. Free access serves the purpose of helping to familiarise and create awareness about the understanding of environmental conservation amongst South African citizens.

Alien & invasive species regulations updated

Our government has recently published an updated list of alien and invasive species as part of NEMBA (National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act) which affects property owners across the country.

The new regulations include 14 fish, 9 reptiles, 9 birds, 15 mammals and 106 plants all listed in Category 1a or 1b – both of which require compulsory control or management.

Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge announced

Call to take up the Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge this Arbor month and beyond!

The Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge aims to promote the planting of as many trees as possible by Arbor Month this September and beyond. This challenge allows users to interact with one another on the Food & Trees for Africa website and to post tree-planting events, as well as to record the amount of trees you have planted so far.

Xtreme Park planned for Sophiatown

Another Xtreme Park is on the cards – in exactly 24 hours, starting on the morning of 19 July, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will work around the clock to set up a striking, lush oasis, this time in the city's historic north-western suburb of Sophiatown.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo's (JCPZ) international award-winning concept of an Xtreme Park makeover was initiated in 2006 in Wilgeheuwel; it is a spinoff of the popular Extreme Home Makeover television series. JCPZ is using the idea as a catalyst to rehabilitate neglected open spaces such as illegal dumping sites, turning them into liveable recreational parks.

Joburg fights food insecurity

The City of Johannesburg has recently launched the “Seed Collection Campaign", an initiative that seeks to rally residents to join hands with the City and fight against hunger and food insecurity.

According to data released by Global Insight in 2008, 21.6% of Johannesburg’s household live below the poverty income level and that 42% of poor neighbourhoods struggle daily to get a meal.

We visit Green Map in New York

Wendy Brawer of Green Map Systems & Benji Shulman from Joburg Green Map.

Joburg Green Map founder Benji was recently in New York, and stopped off to visit the Green Map Headquarters. Here is a report about his visit...

On a recent business trip to New York I decided to stop by the Green Map Headquarters to see how Big Green is done in the Big Apple. The Johannesburg branch of the Green Map has been in contact with the founders of the program in NY for many years so it was a real privilege to meet Wendy Brawer and her team face-to-face.

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