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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • Viral video proves there are still leopards around Cape Town

    If someone told you that leopards still roamed the mountains near Cape Town, you'd probably cry wolf (or, uh... leopard), right? A new video published to Facebook this week suggests that there's at least one of these wild cats still calling the Cape's mountains home. Published by Wonderlings Bed & Breakfast (and spotted by Traveller24), the leopard was seen perusing cars' windows in Gordon's Bay, near Rooi-Els, along the R44. And according to some commenters, this isn't the first time the leopard has been spotted by locals. In the tourist-made video, the leopard seems frazzled, running across the road between cars...

  • Xbox Ones and tiny tablets: this is South Africa’s ‘classroom of the future’

    When I was at school, the most advanced technology we had were space cases, chair bags and desks that didn't creak, but Microsoft and the Cape Town Science Centre's (CTSC) vision of education is quite different indeed. The Observatory-based institution today launched its classroom of the future exhibit to the public, backed by the Redmond tech giants, the likes of Intel, and a number of other technology partners. As one might expect, the exhibit doesn't include traditional text books or ink-based writing equipment, but rather things with screens, buttons and toggles. The exhibit, Microsoft explains, is a combination of what works...

  • FOODWeLove: the Woodstock deli mixing good food with social savvy

    As a willing slave to technology, I couldn't bear go without my smartphone for more than ten minutes. It's the de facto centre of my world, and a device that I'd probably be well lost without. But on the list of bare human necessities, I'd probably say that food comes a close second. When you combine these two things though -- that is, technology and things to cram down your throat -- some businesses begin to emerge. Now, that's not to say the little deli-cum-food delivery company FOODWeLove was unknown before, but if you've ever drove through Woodstock's main street, you...

  • Cape Town water crisis: the City’s current and future plans revealed

    City of Cape Town's water and energy efficiency strategist Sarah Rushmere today revealed just how stressed the greater Cape Town water supply system is. Speaking at a water-themed hackathon event at Woodstock's Rise Cape Town, Rushmere revealed that even with the City's current water restrictions, system maintenance and other measure in place, Cape Town still isn't saving enough. "People are using a third less water than they would a few summers ago. But it's not enough," she explained. The city, which is currently under the blanket of Level 3B water restrictions, has just 28% capacity remaining in its 15 dams at the...

  • Cape Town wants you to work from home (or take a bus) to reduce congestion

    The City of Cape Town would much prefer you working from home, or thinking twice about those nine-to-five slogs. This after the City revealed a work-in-progress strategy for reducing traffic congestion in Cape Town. According to an EWN report, the strategy will debut in front of council next week, and should include interesting proposals like a boost to public transport, parking perks that privilege irregular parking hours, and carpooling. More interestingly though, the City also wants employers to introduce flexible working hours, or a reduced work week. You can now smile a little wider. Perhaps working from home is the solution to...

  • Cape Town’s Berg River Dam is now one giant puddle

    I'm not sure how many more articles I can kick off with the words "Cape Town's in the midst of a water crisis", but I think I can squeeze it one last time. Cape Town is in the midst of a water crisis. Dams are drying up, and there's no genuine winter rainfall forecast until mid-July -- much later than what the region is used to. And with our reservoirs languishing at the low 30% full mark, everyone is about to get a lot thirstier . But numbers don't tell the real story. Cape Town vlogger Dean Tucker (better known...

  • Hout Bay fires: ravaged Imizamo Yethu photographed on Instagram, Twitter

    It seems that Cape Town has been hot, dry, and on fire for much of the summer. The latest blaze however has inconvenienced more than just fynbos. Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu was this weekend the scene of a post-apocalyptic movie, as a blaze swept through the township. The fire, which began on Saturday, has affected more than 15 000 people. According to reports, 3500 homes were destroyed. At least two people have died as a result of the fire. Another fire began to burn, also in Hout Bay, on Saturday evening, covering much of the Karbonkelberg in flames. Social media was awash...

  • Cape Town Cycle Tour cancelled as dangerous gales wreak havoc

    The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's largest timed event, has been cancelled "due to extreme weather conditions". It's an unprecedented move in a race involving over 35 000 participants, but gale force wind in some areas of the city forced the organisers to draw the curtain. At the time of the announcement, the elite ladies race had begun, but was red flagged before the cyclists could complete the route. Ladies Elites lining up at the start chutes! #CycleTour2017 pic.twitter.com/pnqqDLnHRH — Cape Town Cycle Tour (@CTCycleTour) March 12, 2017 The route was earlier shortened from 109km to 78km due to "protest action unrelated...

  • Cape Town, think your water is bad? Onoway, Canada wants a word

    Cape Town's suffering from a bit of a water crisis at present. With less than 32% capacity remaining in our dams, the city has been declared a disaster area. But hey, at least we don't have bright pink water, right? A town in Alberta, Canada called Onoway is this week freaking out largely thanks to bright, luminous water flowing from the resident's taps. And by bright, we mean raspberry red. It's not Cream Soda or pink lemonade but a sample of what is coming out of the water taps in Onoway. @ctvedmonton pic.twitter.com/hvxJm3eZuR — Susan Amerongen (@SusanCTV) March 7, 2017 According to reports from...

  • Cape Town’s thirstiest water users: by the numbers

    We live in a thirsty city, and no, not just that way either. Cape Town is running out of water, fast. At the latest count, the city has just over 31% of its total dam storage occupied by wet stuff, and that in turn means around 120 days left of water in the city. Ouch. In a desperate attempt to quell the seepage and stop the wastage of water, the City of Cape Town has published a list of the top 100 water users in the metropole. Although exact addresses aren't given (for obvious reasons), road names, suburbs and total...

  • Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter

    Today, South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his annual Budget Speech to the nation. Although proceedings officially get underway at 2pm in Cape Town, citizens are already making their voices heard. While South Africans are voicing concerns about a possible jump in personal income tax, an introduction of a sugar tax, and a higher national fuel levy, some are also finding time to practice their right to demonstrate. South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2017 Budget Speech at 2pm, 22 February In Cape Town's city centre, Nehawu (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union) members are...

  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...

  • This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

    Cape Town is running out of water, there's no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable. It sounds incredibly dire, and that's largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem. Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city's six largest dams -- Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof -- to capture footage of the leaking water stores. "I have been collecting this footage over the last 20...

  • UberEATS expands to five more Cape Town suburbs

    UberEATS, after launching in Cape Town's central business district and surrounds in late January, has now announced its expansion into the city's Southern Suburbs. Initially serving only the Atlantic Seaboard, the city centre and the city's eastern edge, the company will today expand into five new suburbs. Newlands, Rondebosch, Claremont, Bishopscourt and Mowbray will now be serviced by UberEATS, the company revealed in a newsletter. This is obviously a welcome move for both Uber and its potential customers in this area, as it can also now be regarded as a Mr D Food and OrderIn competitor. Mr D Food, which also relaunched in...

  • This Cape Town taxi map shows how beautiful big data can be

    Cape Town is a large, complex city, with a mountain in the middle of it, and an ocean encompassing it. As a result, travelling from point A to point B isn't always as simple as it should be. With a number of different transport options, citizens are often tasked with finding the fastest way home on their own, and this WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) saw as a massive problem. Noting the lack information regarding the city's informal mini bus taxi routes, the company has mapped the previously undocumented taxi route landscape of the city. Making the informal formal through big data, maps Dubbed the Cape...