Adidas South Africa set to open its most sustainable store at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

As a continuation of its commitment to sustainability, adidas South Africa is opening its most sustainable retail space at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Friday 29 October. Taking inspiration from nature, the 478sqm adidas Concept store is centred around a biophilic design, aimed at bringing the outdoors inside.

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Teraco completes its Cape Town hyperscale data centre campus expansion to satisfy the growing need for interconnection and digital transformation

Teraco Data Environments Proprietary Limited, Africa’s largest vendor-neutral data centre and interconnection services provider, has announced the completion of Phase 1 of CT2, its new hyperscale data centre in Brackenfell, Cape Town – the largest data centre in the Western Cape.

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The 2022 edition of Investing in African Mining Indaba, initially scheduled for 7-10 February 2022 will now take place 9-12 May 2022 at the CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

We consulted extensively with our partners, key stakeholders across the mining value chain and government ministers. Collectively we decided, due to ongoing challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, that a postponement was the most practical solution and provides the highest chance of holding a physical, in-person event in 2022 so the industry can reconnect once again.

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ArcVera Renewables’ new permanent office in Cape Town strengthens operations in Southern Africa

ArcVera Renewables, a leading provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar and energy storage projects, has set up a permanent office and new subsidiary company in Cape Town, strengthening its 6-year local presence to offer and meet the growing renewable energy ambitions of South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. This move underpins South Africa’s growing importance as a strategic market for ArcVera Renewables.

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Zolani Mahola leads ocean activists in beach clean-up for Ocean’s Month as marine plastic pollution becomes serious issue

Eco-activists, personalities and conservation influencers came together for a beach clean-up at Muizenberg, Cape Town, last Friday, June 18, joining Corona’s international movement to fight marine plastic pollution in recognition of Ocean’s Month.

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Construction of R16bn Cape Town CBD precinct well on track

Cape Town’s largest and most ambitious sustainable mixed-use development, Harbour Arch, is steadily taking shape on the city’s foreshore, with construction having commenced back in January last year.  In recent months, motorists passing the site at the eastern side of the city would have noticed the development, in particular the residential towers, rising above the construction site inching skywards. 

“Construction is well on track at what is set to be an iconic landmark that will feature a world-class live, work, and play precinct within the city’s CBD,” says Nicholas Stopforth, Managing Director of Amdec Property Developments. 

The development currently sits at around 25 metres above ground level, and can be clearly seen rising above Table Bay Boulevard. Concrete and structural work on the 3-level basement, ground and first two floors have been completed and the contractor is moving ahead with brickwork and the installation of services.  Floors four to six are also moving ahead at pace. 

According to Stopforth, the transformation of what has been an uninspiring site characterised by vagrancy, warehousing and light industrial, into a safe and enjoyable community-focused environment, heralds a new era of urban living for the CBD.

“Our main contractor, WBHO, is managing the site with great efficiency, and we remain on schedule for completion of Tower One Harbour Arch in May 2023,” says Stopforth. “On any given day we have around 300 workers on site, all of whom are screened and sanitised in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.”

Once Harbour Arch is complete, these six residential towers will sit above landscaped public spaces lined with shops, restaurants, cocktail bars, two Marriott branded hotels, offices, gyms and the like. With scenic views and modern, luxurious finishes, apartments in Tower One are largely sold out, with only a few remaining for sale. 

The concept of development as a vibrant 24-hour precinct for diverse communities is in line with property trends driving urban densification developments that have a positive fiscal impact. Bringing together residential properties with work and lifestyle elements, such as shopping facilities, hotels and restaurants, means that Harbour Arch promises to become a new centre of activity in Cape Town’s CBD – so bringing new business and work opportunities to all Capetonians.  

According to Stopforth, “It is not by coincidence that we have joined forces with WBHO as our main construction partner. The fact that WBHO is a Level 1 BBBEE company reflects our commitment to creating an environment that can be beneficial to South Africans from all walks of life.” 

The building of the precinct will provide around 20 000 jobs and many thousands more will be created upon completion via retail, extensive hospitality services and the sophisticated security services.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has in many respects changed the way we live, blurring the lines between work and play, highlighting the necessity for community and connectivity. Mixed-use developments like Harbour Arch are perfectly placed to satisfy this kind of lifestyle because they are designed to offer dynamic, safe, sustainable environments that combine commercial, retail, leisure, and residential components,” says Stopforth. 

“While it’s been a buyer’s market for some time now, mixed-use developments like Harbour Arch remain in high demand. All-inclusive precincts make it easier for people to live close to where they work. The move from suburban to inner city living makes good financial sense if you factor in escalating traffic and sky-rocketing petrol costs. Less time spent commuting not only reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions, it also allows people to live healthier, less stressful lives,” he concludes.

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Kirstenbosch strives to save rare and endangered Silver Tree

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, in collaboration with the Botanical Society of South Africa, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), FABI (Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), has launched an innovative project to save an endangered tree which only occurs naturally in a tiny area of the Cape Peninsula.

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My Clean Green Home: Call for partners

The City of Cape Town (CCT), with support from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), have co-created a design competition for the ultimate “clean green home”.  This competition is targeted at students and professionals of the built environment and forms part of the Cape Town Future Energy Festival, a series of virtual event experiences designed to include all Capetonians in the city’s future energy story.

The virtual festival runs until January 2021 and will culminate in a physical event in the first quarter of 2021 at which the winning My Clean Green Home design will be constructed and displayed. The brief is to design a net-zero carbon unit for display and exhibition purposes. 

The Future Energy Festival is seeking project partnership and support in the means of building materials, appliances, furniture, and building-related services to support this unit being fully realised. A net-zero carbon building is defined as “a building that is highly energy-efficient, and the remaining energy use is from renewable energy, preferably on-site but also off-site where absolutely necessary, so that there are zero net carbon emissions on an annual basis”. 

Quantities of materials will be finalised in December once the design is completed. Closing date for project partnership submissions is 30 November 2020. Project partnership terms will be concluded by 30 January 2021 when the construction of the My Clean Green Home will be completed. 

Project partners will receive the following marketing opportunities:

Association with the Cape Town Future Energy Festival and net-zero carbon design:  

An opportunity to showcase your product and align your offering with energy-efficient and net-zero carbon goals.

Physical display opportunities in the unit itself: Each project partner will be given a space of 1 x A3 (portrait orientation) on the display unit near where their product is being used to educate the reader about the product and advertise your company. Include links & QR codes. Project partners are to provide their own artwork printed on card and laminated. Final artwork is subject the festival organiser’s approval. In addition, there may be a project partner wall as part of the unit, pending final design, and space allowances.

Acknowledgement and thanks in My Clean Green Home communication on the festival’s digital platforms, including the website and social media channels (at least 2 social media posts acknowledging all project partners) and any other My Clean Green Home communication material that is developed.

Please see the list of items below and get involved by completing this form

We are seeking project partners and support in supplying the following items:

  • Roof sheeting
  • Guttering & downpipes
  • Insulation to walls & roofing
  • Ceiling boards
  • Sisilation Roof timbers (structural timbers & battens)
  • PV Panels & battery pack Geyser / Solar water heater
  • Light switches & wiring
  • Indoor lights – LED Outdoor lights – LED / solar
  • Sanware: taps Sanware: shower rose & base
  • Sanware: sink & basin taps
  • Sanware: toilet Plumbing services
  • Electrical services
  • DB Board
  • Doors & windows (timber option)
  • Doors & windows (aluminum option)
  • Glazing to doors & windows
  • Sanware: kitchen sink & taps
  • Joinery: Kitchen countertops
  • Joinery: Bedroom
  • Joinery: study/utility cupboard
  • Joinery: kitchen
  • Appliances: Fridge
  • Appliances: Washing Machine
  • Appliances: Stove (gas) hob & oven
  • Appliances: kettle / toaster / microwave
  • Water tank & reticulation
  • Walling boards (internal)
  • Walling/cladding (external)
  • Floor boards
  • Fireplace Paint – low VOC
  • Carpets/flooring
  • Floor & wall tiles & adhesives
  • Recycling Bins
  • Composting bin
  • Washing line
  • Furniture: Couch, table, chairs, bed, bedside table, cupboard, bedside light
  • Veggie boxes & soil
  • Plants
  • Fencing & latte  

More on The Cape Town Future Energy Festival in +Impact 0.8 (page 86):

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2021 Conference Topics Announced for Africa Energy Indaba

The Africa Energy Indaba will host the continent’s leading Energy Conference from 2 – 3 March 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Cape Town flower season is upon us

Spring is just around the corner, a time when Cape Town’s spring flowers are showcased across the city. The flower viewing period only lasts for a short window between now and the end of September. The City encourages residents to visit the City’s nature reserves over the flower season. Many of the reserves boast beautiful blooms annually.

A number of City of Cape Town nature reserves blossom with flowers such as the Cape White Daisy, Vygies, Gazanias, Pelargoniums, Arum Lilies, Kelkiewyn, Viooltjie and Bobbejaantjie to name a few. Many areas across the city are already covered with spring flowers, but the City reserves are truly worth visiting as these conservation areas offer the perfect spots to enjoy these sights while exploring the rest of the natural beauty showcased at the reserves.

The City of Cape Town manages 21 nature reserves in Cape Town – many of which are in very close proximity to urban areas. Residents are spoilt for choice with access to reserves located right on their doorstep.

‘With the recent rains Cape Town has been receiving, we can expect a show of blooms across the city this year. Our reserves are rich in vegetation and animal life and I believe many Capetonians have not yet discovered these magnificent reserves. If a road trip to view this year’s blooms are not on the cards, I encourage you to seriously consider one. The City nature reserves boast beautiful spring flowers each year and residents should not miss out on the spectacle.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, said that one of the areas she enjoys visiting during the flower season include the Coastal Hiking Trail that is part of the City’s Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. 

“This area showcases spectacular flowers each year. Many of our reserves have hiking trails which offer visitors and residents an opportunity to access certain parts of the natural environment which they may not have been exposed to before.”

She added that another favourite place to visit is the City’s Bracken Nature Reserve in Brackenfell.

“One is sure to come across the bright coloured blooms while taking a stroll along the reserve’s pathways,” said Nieuwoudt.

It should be noted that the best time to view flowers are in the afternoon when the sun is out. Any time between late morning and 15:00 is advised, while the sun is still high in the sky.

Visitors are also reminded to please wear a mask to cover their nose and mouth at all times, to wash their hands often with soap and water, or to use hand sanitiser, and to observe the social distancing that is required in terms of the Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

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