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All the small things: Table Mountain’s Plant Predators

One tends to imagine carnivorous plants growing in the shadowy depths of the Amazon rainforest or other exotic places across the planet. Who would have thought that we have our very own plant predators right here on Table Mountain? Drosera plants, commonly known as ‘sundews’, make...

Why aren’t Capetonians doing enough to save water?

Despite severe water restrictions, Capetonians are not doing enough to save water. In fact, in the week that Level 3B water restrictions were introduced, we consumed an average of 808 million litres per day, one million litres more than the previous week. Western Cape dam levels...

Western Cape Wildfires: How do we future-proof?

After another spate of fires consumed the Western Cape last week, our fire protection services have once again had their work cut out for them. While the teams on the ground tackled blaze after blaze, what we (the general public) see and hear via the...

All the small things: In search of the arum lily frog

I’m in search of an arum lily frog. What could be more perfect than a tiny, buttercup-coloured amphibian curled up on the crisp, white spathe of an arum lily? Arum lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are some of the most unusual and spectacular flowers around (sadly, their pervasiveness...

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Wake up on top of Table Mountain

I stirred from early morning sleep, struck by those initial thoughts your brain uses to jumpstart your body into gear – where am I and what day is it? It didn’t take me long to recall. I opened the door, met by a stiff mountain breeze. We...

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...