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Greener Festive Season

10 ways to make your festive season a little greener

It’s that time of the year when we start to feel the energetic buzz of holidays, family time and festive cheer. What is quite saddening to think, though, is that many of our engrained festive season habits are doing the planet no favours. Global consumption culture...

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Where does our borehole water come from?

As Cape Town residents ‘feel the pinch’ of the current drought and water restrictions, demand for backyard boreholes is on the increase (1). While Western Cape surface water levels continue to drop and the future of municipal water supply becomes progressively uncertain, the opportunity for...

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All the small things: Table Mountain’s Beauty

The Table Mountain Beauty (Aeropetes tulbaghia), otherwise known as the Mountain Pride butterfly, is a proudly South African resident that we should all know more about. An exquisite picture of natural beauty with blue ‘eye’ spots on its nutty brown wings, this butterfly is not...

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Get water-wise with a fynbos garden

With Level 3 water restrictions enforced by the City of Cape Town on Tuesday, water saving should be top of mind for all Capetonians. Following unsatisfactory rains this winter, officials estimated that, should the city’s current water usage trend continue, the dams that provide the...

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All the small things: Captivated by the Cape Dwarf Chameleon

Any creature that can change colour and look in two different directions at the same time is certainly worth learning more about. Chameleons are remarkable animals, known mostly for their uncanny ability to adopt an entirely different hue within a matter of seconds, but also...

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Pakhuis to Sanddrif: 5 days of Cederberg solitude

We woke up in the cloud. Unzipping the tent after a chilly night on the mountain (and an unrelenting scuffle with a persistent bush rat), we stepped into an icy breeze with mist all around us. First, warm tea, coffee and oats – then the...

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The Tokai Plantation: What is at stake?

One of the most encouraging aspects to emerge from the Tokai plantation felling debate is the immense energy with which our local citizens tackle issues around nature and the outdoors. The people of Cape Town should feel proud, particularly in the wake of Heritage Day,...

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All the small things: The long-tongued fly

Flies are such tiny creatures - at a glance, just wings and eyes. Yet these seemingly simple insects are among the most important pollinators on the planet. As they have evolved to fulfil this fundamental role in ecosystems across the globe, many species have adapted...

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Fynbos teas that are extraordinarily good for you

I’ve recently begun to explore the world of herbal teas. During an attempt to cut down on dairy, I quickly realised that the prospect of my morning cup of tea without milk was not at all an exciting one (I’ve always been a ‘good old...