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Farms in cities: new study offers planners and growers food for thought

Study conducted by: Jan Hugo Senior lecturer in Sustainable and Climate Responsive Architecture, University of Pretoria Andy van den Dobbelsteen Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability, Delft University of Technology Chrisna du Plessis Professor...

Research shows that streetlights contribute less to night-time light emissions in cities than expected

WHEN satellites take pictures of Earth at night, how much of the light that they see comes from streetlights? A team of scientists from Germany, the USA, and Ireland have answered...

Re-naming towns and cities is not a new thing in Africa

No, a Gqeberha is not a citizen of a province in Canada. Gqeberha is the new name for Port Elizabeth, or Ibayi in the vernacular which means “The Bay”. Port Elizabeth had to be changed because it was...

Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19). The region has often...

Renewable energy for our cities and towns

The threat and reality of load shedding in South Africa has led to increased investment by the residential and industrial private sector into renewable energy (RE) generation.  In principle, metros and...

Cities, land and expropriation – what our politicians should be doing

Our politicians would do well to look at the real obstacles to the demands for urban land rather than grandstanding about expropriation without compensation. The recent land occupations in several...

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Over R100-billion to be invested in data centres in South Africa 

By Larry Claasen Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest R46-billion in Cape Town by 2029. THE setting up of hyperscale data centres in South Africa...

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