Wildfires are the inevitable consequence of three factors coming together at the same time: an ignition, the weather and fuel.
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The fynbos vegetation that historically clothed the slopes of Table Mountain is highly inflammable. This has been worsened by the spread of alien trees that burn more intensely than the fynbos.
A wildfire spread across the slopes of Table Mountain to the University of Cape Town.
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Fire hazards are influenced by three factors: weather, an ignition source and fuel loads. The first two are unpredictable. But fuel loads can be managed.
Demolition of uninhabited shacks in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein, Cape Town, August 6, 2020. The land, which was to be developed as a community facility for neighbouring communities, has been illegally occupied by people who have been demarcating plots and building informal settlements.
Despite millions of free homes built since 1994, spatial inequality in South Africa remains high. A study evaluating a programme to boost rentals in well-located areas found mixed results, however.
Nurses in the isolation unit at Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape.
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Creating a space where people feel safe to voice opinions, make mistakes and risk ridicule when offering an idea can have a significant effect on teams.
Protecting forests means protecting a rich biodiversity of plants, animals and the livelihoods of many people.
Cape Town residents queueing to refill water containers at the Newlands Brewery Spring Water Point in January 2018.
Artificially dimming the sun, by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere, could reduce the risk of Day Zero level droughts in Cape Town by more than 90% in the future.
A decline in the African penguin population has major knock-on effects for the marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Penguins are sensitive to ecosystem changes such as reduction of available prey, pollution and climate change. Their presence and abundance is indicative of a healthy and balanced ecosystem.
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'Antarctic cities' residents care deeply about the continent, with environmental concerns outweighing economic priorities. Asked about its future, they feel a mix of hope, pessimism and sadness.
Fynbos, the biodiverse shrubland in Cape Town, is thought to have the third highest carbon stored per square metre for any biome in South Africa. It must be protected.
Cape Town's new climate strategy is a good start. But it falls short when it comes to nature.
The Cape Town drought was one of the longest and the worst to have affected the city and the region in recent times.
Regional tourism took a huge knock from the Day Zero experience in Cape Town, South Africa. Here are the lessons learnt.
A study shows that some Cape Town gangsters choose to stand alone, preferring their independence to taking orders from a gang boss.
A woman carries a bucket of fresh water to an informal settlement in Khayelitsha,Cape Town.
COVID-19 has stretched South Africa's public health services to capacity. In response, the services have increased their capacity through innovation.
Even after becoming an 'ex', former gang members must still negotiate gang associations and activities in the communities they remain in.
A mural by famed Cape Town artist Faith47.
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There aren't a lot of studies on South Africa's cultural economy. A new one finds a cluster of creative firms in Cape Town with high levels of innovation.
A film about Cape Town's environmental resources features a cast as diverse as breakdancers and wetland activists - and is being used as a study aid globally.
The drug trade is the main source of income for gangs in Cape Town.
At present South Africa is simply placing a potentially dangerous market into the hands of criminal syndicates and international traffickers.
Infecting the City – a performance arts festival in Cape Town.
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From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people.
Deploying the army in the Cape Flats constitutes nothing more than simply sticking band aid on a festering wound.
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Successes by the army and police on the Cape Flats will depend entirely on levels of cooperation established on an ad hoc basis.
Shaldene Prins is supported by a policewoman at the funeral of her husband who was killed during gang violence.
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The biggest problem with using the military to fight rime is that soldiers are not trained for law enforcement, but warfare, using maximum force.
A coastal wetland overrun by plastic.
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The fervour over plastic waste is not as informed as it ought to be. It is time to focus on more significant dangers to the environment.