Moladi fast-tracks delivery of classrooms in the Western Cape

Moladi Building System’s innovative building method is helping the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to significantly accelerate the provision of much-needed additional classrooms in the Western Cape.

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Pioneering blade painting for avifauna mitigation successfully implemented

EIMS Africa’s portfolio company, Umoya Energy Wind Farm, situated on the West Coast (Western Cape), has taken the lead on improving the country’s wind industry approach to conserving avifauna. Previously known as Hopefield Wind Farm, the country’s first REIPPPP project, the wind farm has successfully implemented blade painting, as a mitigation measure.

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Celebrating a Decade of The Cape Wine Auction

One of the world’s most renowned charity wine auctions, The Cape Wine Auction (CWA), returns in 2023, marking the 10th anniversary since its launch in 2014.

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Premier’s Western Cape Energy Council seeks to make province energy resilient

This week, Premier Alan Winde hosted the first meeting of his newly established Energy Council. The meeting was held against the backdrop of the first round of stage 6 loadshedding for 2023, not even two weeks into the new year, and before intensive energy users have restarted operations.

The Council laid out the foundations for how it will be constituted and has fleshed out its priorities; namely to ensure that the Western Cape is energy resilient. Former Eskom manager Alwie Lester – who has been appointed as an energy advisor in the Office of the Premier was also officially introduced to other Council officials. “Mr. Lester has wasted no time and has hit the ground running,” the Premier pointed out.

“Urgency is required if we are to save our economy and push ahead with our Growth For Jobs strategy. Loadshedding is costing South Africa and our province billions in lost opportunities. It is conservatively estimated that stage 6 loadshedding is costing South Africa between four and six billion rand per day,” stressed the Premier. He added, “The urgency needed to address this catastrophe is painfully absent at national government. The Western Cape has to become independent of Eskom as quickly as possible”.

At the gathering a plan of action, both medium and long-term – was discussed, involving whatever resources the Western Cape Government (WCG) has at its disposal.

The council has resolved that:

  • its work must be data-driven;
  • a broad energy mix must be considered;
  • all viable opportunities must be explored; and
  • the most vulnerable in the province must always be borne in mind as they are suffering the most as a result of relentless power cuts, which are predicted to worsen this year.

“The same response the Western Cape Government applied to fight Covid-19 must be used in addressing the energy crisis.”

“A key approach is further opening up the market to Independent Power Producers to come on board to help us end loadshedding.”

Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Infrastructure Minister

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Cape Town expo powers the Western Cape’s R23 billion construction sector

Industry event brings together the province’s major players

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Organic waste generators – the Western Cape needs you to make a change!

At the end of 2022, the Organic Waste Landfill Ban in the Western Cape will kick in requiring a 50% reduction in organic waste going to landfill.

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Sustainable Built Environments conference returns – register now

After an absence of 24 years, this first conference in the second series on Sustainable Built Environments will be held at the historic HouwHoek Hotel in the Elgin-Grabouw valley, Western Cape from 28-30 March.

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Western Cape reaches conservation milestone with Sanbona’s registration as non-profit corporation

Conservation history has been made in the Western Cape with the registration of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve as a non-profit company, following its rezoning from agricultural to conservational use.

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How to make your home an energy-efficient smart home this summer

As South Africans navigate extremely hot weather conditions in the Western Cape paired with higher-than-average rainfall across the rest of the country due to the La Niña weather phenomenon, their electrical appliances are working harder to provide them with necessary comfort. However, with the electricity tariff hike looming, combined with the pressure being placed on the country to minimise its carbon footprint, locals should consider ways to become more energy efficient.

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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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