The Ocean Economy – economic value vs environmental impact

December 7, 2015
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South Africa’s oceans have the potential to contribute R177 billion to GDP by 2033 – an attractive prospect given our lacklustre economic outlook. But the ocean economy is a fragile ecosystem and economic value should be extracted responsibly. This will require striking a balance between economic and environmental impacts; extensive collaboration; and regulatory innovation. This.. read more →

Food and Water Scarcity and Security

September 22, 2015
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Food and water are becoming critical resources. With rising global population, urbanisation and an expanding middle class, demand for food is expected to rise by 35% by 2030, while the demand for water will rise by 40%. South Africa and the Western Cape are experiencing significant water stress and agriculture, as a key industry sector.. read more →

Rapid Urbanisation: designing inclusive and sustainable cities

July 29, 2015
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With the continuous population growth and greater economic opportunities in our cities, rapid urbanisation is a reality. By 2050, the world population will grow to 9 billion of which 7 billion will be urbanised. Most notable is the growth of the middle class from 1.5 billion in 2010 to 4 billion and the informal urban.. read more →

Business and WC Government mitigating the energy crisis

March 30, 2015
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South Africa’s energy crisis is impacting on business and consumers as power supplies remain unreliable and heavy users of electricity such as manufacturing companies being asked to reduce usage by up to 20%. But what is the extent of Eskom’s delivery capability; what are the proposed solutions by the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government to support business continuity.. read more →

What can business and regional government do about the energy crisis?

March 18, 2015
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South Africa’s energy crisis is a reality. Load shedding is a regular occurrence and heavy users of electricity such as manufacturing companies are being asked to reduce usage by up to 20%. With the delay of new builds and a huge maintenance backlog, this crisis is likely to be with us for the next 5.. read more →

Sustainability Forum: Sustainable practices provide real value – R270m for Woolworths

October 11, 2014
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Implementing sustainability practices is now creating real business value to organisations with robust programmes. The Woolworths’ Good Business Journey has ensured impressive savings of R270 million in 4 years, R222m in energy efficiency. Renewable energy prices have also fallen dramatically over the past years, and with rising electricity costs, it now makes financial sense. This is.. read more →

Sustainability Forum: Highlighting Water Security & Ecosystem Conservation

June 18, 2014
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Water stress is rapidly emerging as a key issue facing industry and investors in South Africa. Lack of water can hamper operations and development in a wide variety of industries including agri- and agri-processing sectors. How we manage our water infrastructure, and respond to the risk of increasing water stress from climate change and population.. read more →

Value of our Sustainability Forum and Cape Town’s Earth Hour City Challenge win

May 6, 2014
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Climate change is the most urgent issue affecting the planet right now. It has been described by the United Nations as the defining human development issue of our generation. With finite resources, growing populations, and rapid urbanisation, government, business and citizens need to embrace programmes to address sustainability. Since 2010, Accelerate Cape Town has been addressing.. read more →

Sustainability Forum: Highlighting key sustainable housing and community solutions through WDC 2014

February 25, 2014
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The challenges facing cities today are numerous. Rapid urbanisation is a growing reality and Cape Town has the highest rate in South Africa. This brings housing, infrastructure, social and biophysical challenges, but if we look for solutions across business, government and communities, we find tremendous energy and innovation to address the challenges. This was the.. read more →