Category Archives: Environment

Sweet Service Award goes to City of Cape Town; Sour Service Award goes to Standard Bank!


The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for its generous once-off donation of 2000 garbage bags to Camps Bay Clean, my litter clean-up initiative in Camps Bay, facilitated by Camps Bay/Sea Point Councillor Nicola Jowell.  Councillor Nicola personally delivered the bags to my home yesterday. Continue reading →

Pick n Pay partners with Imagined Earth to Test Drive its new Recycling Reverse Vending Machines!


Two weeks ago I wrote a story about Pick n Pay’s new Recycling machines introduced into some of its stores to test drive the high-tech recycling Reverse Vending Machines, one of the machines having been installed in Camps Bay, my neighbourhood store. The article was based on outdated media releases sent to me by the Pick n Pay Head Office.  Two weeks after speaking to Josh Nuttal of Imagined Earth, the company which Pick n Pay is partnering with on this recycling project, I finally received what was intended to be an up-to-date  media release about the recycling project. Continue reading →

Pick n Pay rolls out automated recycling machines in some of its stores, one in Camps Bay!


Having test-run two first automated recycling machines in its Waterfront store, Pick n Pay has expanded the number of stores in which it has placed its machines to three, being Camps Bay, Constantia, and its On Nicol store in Johannesburg.  This is not a minute too soon, given how much litter is generated from Pick n Pay store purchases, if Camps Bay is a sample of one. Continue reading →

SA Plastics Pact established, City of Cape Town first municipality in SA to face plastic waste and pollution!


South Africa is the first country in Africa to have joined the international The Plastics Pact, and the City of Cape Town is the first municipality in our country to have joined the South African Plastics Pact, which was established last month. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Sorbet Camps Bay; Sour Service Award goes to Capitec Bank!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Sorbet Camps Bay, for its generous contribution to my Camps Bay Clean initiative, which enables me to employ a previously-homeless person to clean up litter in Camps Bay six days a week. It is a local resident-funded initiative.


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Michelin introduces new Sustainable Gastronomy accolade, a five-leaf clover, in France!


The Michelin Guide has introduced a worthy new symbol to restaurants which care about the environment. Using a five-leaf clover, it was introduced in France on 27 January 2020 for the first time, when the new symbol was awarded at its annual star event to 50 restaurants out of a total of more than 3500 Michelin-recognised restaurants. The Sustainable Gastronomy symbol will be awarded to Michelin restaurants internationally as and when the new 2020 Michelin Guides are published this year. Continue reading →

Camps Bay let down badly by the City of Cape Town over the 2019/2020 Festive Season!


Yesterday was the last day of the Festive Season holiday period, with schools in our province having re-opened today, and most employees having back at work since Monday if not the week before. I took stock of what Camps Bay was like in the past four weeks, from a resident’s perspective, in writing an email to our Councillor Nicola Jowell in which I highlighted how out of control, and poorly serviced by the City of Cape Town departments, Camps Bay was. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to The Bay Hotel; Sour Service Award goes to ESKOM!


The Sweet Service Award goes to The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, and its GM Reinard Gerber, for the offer to provide a daily food box as well as 200 garbage bags per week to my Camps Bay Clean initiative, in which we clean up the Camps Bay Promenade on weekdays and public holidays.



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Lucky number 7 for Cape Town, voted Best City in the world seven times in a row, voted by Telegraph readers in the UK!


For seven years running Cape Town has been voted the Best City in the world, by 40000 readers of the UK Telegraph


A quote from the publication shares the following about our special city, from a tourist perspective: ‘We”ll put up with the occasional discomfort for the sheer joy of waking up with a real natural beauty’. The City is also praised for its iconic Table Mountain, ‘and it is precisely this unique geography, towering mountains that drop, at times perpendicularly, into the vast blue, that is so seductive’. Its proximity to Franschhoek wine region is also highlighted.

London or any other British City does not feature in the Top 20 Telegraph List, showing that UK tourists are prepared to travel far from their country to enjoy their holidays.  

I am happy to see Havana and Buenos Aires on the Top 20 List too, two cities which I visited just four months ago. 


The Top 20 List of the Best Cities in the World is the following: 

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sydney
  5. St Petersburg
  6. Singapore
  7. Venice
  8. Luang Prabang
  9. Seville
  10. New Orleans
  11. Havana
  12. New York
  13. Bagen
  14. Florence
  15. Istanbul
  16. Rome
  17. Dubrovnik
  18. Tokyo
  19. Krakow
  20. Buenos Aires

Photograph: taken from Tiger’s Milk in Camps Bay. 


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