The Young Permaculture Changemaker
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In this week’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to Anthony Plaatjies, one of TMF’s Small Grant recipients. In 2013 Anthony matriculated from De Rust Futura Academy and decided to take a gap year. During this gap year Anthony volunteered his services in the veggie garden at the Thandi Community Crèche, where his mother worked as a child-minder. Much to Anthony’s surprise, … Read More

Journey towards going green: cheap and easy ways to make a start
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These tips don’t require a life overhaul; they’re small adjustments to your routine that can have a notable collective impact on the planet. The challenge is remembering to do them frequently enough that they become a habit. And, go!   1. Never say yes to a plastic bag! Old habits die hard and remembering to take a reusable bag to … Read More

Major conservation win for Cape Floral Kingdom
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The biodiversity conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom was given a major boost on 3 July 2015, when UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee approved the expansion of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (CFRPA) World Heritage Site. With the approval of this expansion the CFRPA has increased in size from 557,584 ha to 1,094,741 ha, and now includes 163 new land … Read More

The real value of nature-based tourism in the Cape Floristic Kingdom
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The marriage of conservation and human development has never been a happy one; historically the one has usually been accomplished at the expense of the other one. Conservation has excluded human development and has sometimes compromised it, while human development has often been achieved at the expense of non-renewable natural resources. In the past protected areas have been considered a … Read More

Water is Life!
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Without water, the human race would not exist and although much of our planet is covered with water, only 1% of it is usable to us, with 97% being salty and the remaining 2% being trapped in the ice caps. Despite this scarcity, we take water for granted, wasting and polluting it while nearly one billion people in the developing … Read More