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Cape Town Goes Green with New Climate Change Strategy

No matter where you are in the world, there is a universal need to work together in the face of our environmental crisis. Action is needed to reverse the effects of climate change, reduce our collective carbon footprint and find sustainable ways to design regenerative cultures.

Due to the recent 2015-2019 drought as well as the disastrous effects of a global pandemic, the city of Cape Town is especially aware of this pressing issue. A draft Climate Change Strategy has therefore been proposed to ensure that Cape Town safeguards the local environment as well as socio-economic growth and stability.

This strategy aims to prepare for climate shocks such as the drought experienced between 2015 and 2019 and reduce their frequency. The City has stated that is wishes to “create an urban environment that is climate resilient, resource efficient and carbon neutral” and hopes that this draft Climate Change Strategy will:

  • transform the way the city plans and operates
  • help the city deal with the known challenges and impacts of climate change
  • guide departments and directorates through transitions to ensure policies, strategies, and plans align with climate change concerns
  • maximize the added benefits of a climate resilient city such as increased energy and water security, improved health, additional employment and reduced risks
  • safeguard the competitive trade of the local economy while remaining in line with the global movement towards the rejection of carbon intensive goods and services

Collaboration and co-operation are required to address climate change. The City of Cape Town hosted an online public engagement meeting on Wednesday 14th October to discuss their draft Climate Change Strategy.

The City have also invited all citizens to comment on the draft strategy. Submit your comments until 30 October here. Though important, being involved in this conversation about principles for the city isn’t the only way to help Cape Town become climate resilient.

Recycle correctly

Wish-cycling, a term that is loosely defined by The City of Lethbridge as “the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can be recycled” is probably something we’re all guilty of. Unfortunately, it can result in an entire load of recyclable goods being labelled as contaminated and therefore not suitable for recycling.

The City of Cape Town works with the Think Twice collection programme in selected areas, including Green Point, to offer residents free home recycling collection. Averda and Clearer Conscious also offer recycling operations in the Green Point and Oranjekloof areas, although membership fees may be applicable.

Find out more about the recycling options in your area here or check whether your property is serviced by Think Twice here.

Reduce your meat intake

Small changes to your diet can have a big impact on our collective carbon footprint. According to research by the University of Oxford, foods such as vegetables, legumes and nuts have the lowest environmental impact while red and processed meats have the greatest environmental impact.

Consider reducing your red meat intake or switching to a vegan, vegetarian, or sustainable pescatarian diet one day a week. A small change to your menu can help put less pressure on animal farming and offset carbon emissions. Campaigns such as Meatfree Mondays are a great way to get involved and learn more about plant-based cooking.

Reduce your energy consumption

A simple way to help Cape Town become more environmentally friendly is to consume energy responsibly. Like water, energy is a resource we need to look after.

Help save the planet one switch at a time by:

  • switching off lights before leaving a room
  • switching off appliances at the wall when they are not in use
  • using gas heaters rather than electric ones
  • ventilating rooms in the summer to reduce the use of air conditioning and fans
  • investing in solar water heaters or panels

Let’s work together to make Cape Town a better place for people and the environment.

Local business feature: On Safari’s Wildlife Photographic Studio

We want to foster the community spirit which has been so evident over the last few months and encourage residents to invest in their neighbours. To do this, we’re spotlighting one local business each month.

This week we spoke to Nigel Whitehead, owner of On Safari’s Wildlife Photographic Studio of 99 B Kloof Street to find out about his experience of working in the Oranje-Kloof area, and how he has dealt with the pandemic.

Tell us about your business and why you’re based in the GP/OKCID area.

My business is called On Safari’s Wildlife Photographic Studio. I was born in Zimbabwe, so naturally I’ve grown up with a passion for my country and its wild beauty. This fascination fuelled my career, and I became a wildlife photographer as well as an enthusiast! I’ve worked in various wildlife conservancies in both South Africa and Botswana. Each year I travel to different reserves in Africa to capture my beloved fauna and flora, and my final photographs are on display in my gallery. I also own the Picturesque Framing studio next door, so I can advise clients on all aspects of framing.

Being in the trendy Kloof Street area is fun, but also ideal for my target market because it attracts lots of tourists for my wildlife gallery in peak season. I also love the number of restaurants in the area – it creates an upbeat atmosphere.

How has this pandemic affected your business?

My sales are dependent on the number of tourists in the area, so it has affected my business substantially. I’ve relied on a few local sales, and had to use my savings to get through this, which will hopefully continue to keep my head above water until things return to ‘normal’.

Have you felt the presence of the GP/OKCID in your area, and has it helped your business in any way during this pandemic?

Having the GP/OKCID in our area is definitely a bonus in terms of security and keeping the area clean.

What advice would you give to other businesses, based on your experience of keeping yours running during this pandemic?

Keeping your business going is so important for the area. There are a lot of beautiful stores in the area which is great for attracting clients and keeping the area vibrant.

You can browse and shop Nigel’s work online on his website, and follow him on Instagram and Facebook. You can also email him at njw.cpt@gmail.com, or alternatively call him on +27 066 253 4151 during operating hours, or on

+27 82 659 5277 after hours.

GP/OKCID security report – September 2020

Incidents of crime in September have decreased by 5% compared to August, with a total of 18 incidents reported (compared to 19 in August). 5 arrests were made for theft out of a motor vehicle, 3 for robbery, 4 for the possession of illegal substances, and 1 for general theft.

Crime incidents have increased by 38% since lockdown started at the end of March, and reached their lowest in May, with only 9 incidents of crime in total.

We have been focusing our attention on planned operations to combat the crime increase in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas, with 4 more planned operations in September compared to the previous month. We are specifically focusing on combating and reducing the number of business robberies in the city centre and theft out of motor vehicles.

Remember to keep our 24 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 217 1386

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