Ten Questions with Manfred Braune

Manfred Braune has recently started an exciting new journey as the director of environmental sustainability at the University of Cape Town. He was part of the team that achieved the first four certified green buildings in South Africa at the very start of the country’s official green building journey, and followed this by joining the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), where he played … Continue reading Ten Questions with Manfred Braune

Environmentally acceptable investment funds needed

If you have any money invested anywhere (think about your pension or retirement annuity, maybe you have some money in unit trusts or a Satrix 40 account) your money is probably invested in companies that mine, make or sell the fossil fuels that are responsible for climate change. You don’t have much of a choice in the matter. A look at the top 40 companies … Continue reading Environmentally acceptable investment funds needed

Lessons from the fire: a new green home

As the crackling flames from a seven-kilometre front of fire leapt nearer, threatening to consume Rhian Berning’s family home, she packed what she could into the car and fled to safety with her two young children and pets. Her husband and parents stayed behind on another corner of the property to fight the fire and try to save the original farmstead where her parents still … Continue reading Lessons from the fire: a new green home

2017/18 Afrisam-SAIA award finalists

The Afrisam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture has published the shortlist of 14 finalists for the 2017/18 awards. The winners will be announced at a gala event on October 26, 2018. The finalists are: Sustainable architecture category: Northcliff house (see cover image above) – Architecture for a Change (A4aC)  Khayelitsha shared services office building – ACG Architects and Development Planners and Ngonyama Okpanum Associates House Burnett Prinsloo … Continue reading 2017/18 Afrisam-SAIA award finalists

SA plastic recycling rate at 43.7%, demand for recycled material low

South Africans are steadily recycling more plastic, but there is a sluggish demand for the recycled material. This could mean there is a reluctance to buy things made from recycled plastic. “For the second year in a row, the recyclers had more recyclate than was required by their immediate and existing customers. This makes it hard for them to survive and continue their operations, as … Continue reading SA plastic recycling rate at 43.7%, demand for recycled material low

Ten Questions with Grace Stead

  Based in Cape Town, Grace Stead started the consultancy Steadfast Greening in 2007. With her roots in town planning and after a stint in local government, she was also a founding partner of The Event Greening Forum and has most recently teamed up with like-minded professionals to start Wrap Zero, which is focused on sustainability in the film industry. Get the right system in … Continue reading Ten Questions with Grace Stead