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Val Thomas, founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp
#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

TheTreeApp, which functions much like Google but for trees, was launched recently. The app, with extensive tree information, beautiful illustrations and GPS location and search capabilities, allows South Africans - whether they are students, conservationists, botanists or avid nature lovers - to investigate, search and identify and learn about trees. We chat to the founder and co-creator of one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas, to find out more.

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report
Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire - The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife, a green group said on Wednesday. "In several national parks and other protected areas, 90 percent or more of the land mass has been converted to cocoa," the group Mighty Earth said in its investigation.

15 Sep 2017

Developers need to think out of the box and see themselves as ‘city builders' - Erky Wood
Developers need to think out of the box and see themselves as ‘city builders' - Erky Wood

In recognition of his contribution, principally to the practice of urban design, Erky Wood presented the third Roelof S. Uytenbogaardt UDISA Memorial Lecture at the Wits Planetarium on 12 September. Wood is a director and founding member of GAPP Architects and Urban Designers.

15 Sep 2017

4000 families to benefit from CT housing project
4000 families to benefit from CT housing project

About 4,000 lower-income households in Cape Town are expected to benefit from affordable housing developments on well-located city-owned land.

14 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate
#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate

After a successful programme in 2016, #cocreate2Accelerate returns in 2017 for another round of building relationships between high-potential young companies from the Netherlands and South Africa. This year, #cocreate2Accelerate will include a long programme based on a rigorous process aimed at matching companies from both countries within specific vertical sectors to actively collaborate in the solving of identified challenges. The short programme will accompany this process and is aimed at introducing Dutch companies to the Cape Town startup ecosystem.

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trash
Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trash

While studying in Europe, Egyptian entrepreneurs Rana Rafie and Yara Yassin were inspired by the recycling and upcycling boom taking place around them. Hailing from Cairo, one of the most polluted cities in the world, the two decided to take their new passion home. There they founded UpFuse, an upcycling initiative that turns plastic bags into fashionable accessories.

By Jamie Matroos 13 Sep 2017

PE firm to supply green energy to KFC outlets
PE firm to supply green energy to KFC outlets

At the forefront of South Africa's energy revolution, Port Elizabeth energy services company Energyworx is poised to supply several Nelson Mandela Bay outlets of a national fast food chain with green power.

By Shaun Gillham 13 Sep 2017

New MySchool fund to make teaching dreams come true
New MySchool fund to make teaching dreams come true

South African fundraising programme, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is launching a new fund Dream2Teach, aimed at investing in teacher education.

12 Sep 2017

2017 MBSA Congress tackles triple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality in SA
2017 MBSA Congress tackles triple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality in SA

The 112th annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, under the theme 'Building South Africa Together', kicked off on Monday, 11 September, at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town.

12 Sep 2017

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Water wise tourism: How to save water and maintain a luxury offering

Since opening in 2013, Hotel Verde has focused on sustainable tourism, a niche sector that has been in the spotlight over the past few months. As 2017 was declared the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the UN, the drought in the Western Cape persisting and with water restriction in Cape Town reaching level five, operating a sustainable travel and hospitality business has become a necessity.

12 Sep 2017

Art Curator Gallery to host Art of Conservation project
Art Curator Gallery to host Art of Conservation project

The Lourensford Wine Estate's Art Curator Gallery has partnered with the Cape Leopard Trust and South African artist Fuz Caforio to host a fundraising event in support of ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Leopard and conserve its natural habitat. The Art of Conservation project, set for 16 September, aims to raise R400,000. The fundraiser will be emceed by global adventurer Braam Malherbe.

12 Sep 2017

New GBCSA Sustainable Precincts Tool piloted at Sandton Gate
New GBCSA Sustainable Precincts Tool piloted at Sandton Gate

Developers of the Sandton Gate mixed-use development Abland and Tiber are targeting a Green Star certification for the whole precinct under the Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) new Green Star Sustainable Precincts tool. Each commercial building in the precinct will be required to attain a minimum four-star Green Star rating for the building itself.

12 Sep 2017

Durban North property with green-energy leanings including conservation of rain water, solar heating and home automation. Image source: Pam Golding Properties
More homeowners, buyers embracing ‘green' features

While the commercial sector has led the charge in terms of green building initiatives and ratings, the residential property market is now also embracing this trend.

12 Sep 2017