Drought a threat to Western Cape growth
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the severe drought and fires are a threat to growth in the province. “The drought has had a significant impact on agriculture, which is a central pillar of our provincial economy. Our early estimate is that there will be a 10% reduction in... Read more
Community spin-off from niche tourism
Both the local communities and business benefit from niche tourism outside of the main holiday periods, says Wessel Benson, general manager of the Royal St. Andrews Hotel and Conference Centre. “A good example is a two-day visit to the hotel by members of the Western Cape register of the... Read more
Corobrik’s face brick offers smooth finish to Green Star-rated Radisson RED hotel
The world’s fourth Radisson RED hotel is a vibrant addition to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront with construction of the seven-storey building including one of Corobrik’s popular face brick range. The use of natural materials, such as Corobrik’s clay product, contributed towards the 5 Star Green Star rating awarded to... Read more
Efforts underway to declare drought a national disaster
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen says efforts are underway to classify the drought as a national disaster. This would assign new responsibilities to the Minister of Water and Sanitation to issue regulations and directives in dealing with the drought. The Minister said this when he... Read more
Bulk infrastructure projects could push back Day Zero
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said interventions such as the bulk infrastructure projects and daily monitoring of dam levels could see “Day Zero” pushed back this year. “It could be pushed back this year as the department has interventions in place, which include six projects around bulk infrastructure... Read more
Local companies eager to show off wares at Fruit Fair
Two local companies are eager to show off their wares at the Fruit Logista Berlin Trade Fair that gets underway in Germany today. Stems Fruit and Unlimited Group based in the Western Cape, both received financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), and are part of... Read more
Parliamentarians urged to push natural resource management
Members of Parliament have an important role to play in advancing the governance of natural resources that South Africa is endowed with, says Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Speaking at a colloquium on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba currently underway in Cape Town, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said it is common... Read more
Dti supports emerging miners
The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has lent its support to 11 of the country’s emerging miners, who will showcase their products at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that gets underway in Cape Town today. The 11 Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), which hail from various... Read more
Cape Town launches map to track water usage
The City of Cape Town has launched a water map to assist residents to track their water usage. “Our water map marks residential properties using less than 10 500 litres per month with green dots. The map is a transparent tool and will assist in actively managing and reducing... Read more
Heat is on as Jan Braai tackles TransCape
Jan Braai, renowned for his National Braai Day initiative, will turn his attention to a fresh challenge when he participates in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next month. The 614km Western Cape race from Knysna to Franschhoek, hosted by ASG events in partnership with STANLIB and Volvo, starts on... Read more