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South African cities have the potential to be the first truly “smart” cities on the African continent and develop significant competitive advantage in this regard, if the conversation starts now. According to David Bartlett, head of IBM’s Smarter Buildings initiative, there is a global urgency to create smarter cities, corporate buildings and campuses.

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The full documents of the NOWCS are posted on the website. Please note that the comment period for the Draft NOWCS and Guideline document on composting ends on Tuesday 5 March 2013. 

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GreenCape is pleased to share with you our first newsletter of the year, with all the latest in renewable energies, industry updates and upcoming conferences and events. 

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The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) at Stellenbosch University will present a five-day training workshop in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies at Skilpadvlei, close to Stellenbosch. 

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Solar energy can help South African companies overcome financial implications of future price hikes. Particularly medium-size businesses can benefit. However, in order for sun-generated energy to become mainstream among the South African private sector, the solar industry has to start marketing it as a practical need-to-have solution instead of a green, nice-to-have solution.

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Designation of further products for Local Procurement in the Public Sector Procurement System DTI released this media statement 29 January. Read the full statement here. Read more


On 21 December 2012, the Department of Energy announced that Bid Window 3 would be postponed until 19 August 2013.

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Check out the latest press release from SolarPlaza

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On Sunday 5 January, Ekoforum, a RSG programme about the impact that humans have on the environment, talked to Charline Mouton from the Western Cape Government (WCG).

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The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) is leading a project– called ‘My Green Home’- to show the positive impact one family can have by living a more energy efficient and environmentally conscious lifestyle. This will be the journey of a real family who change their home to help change the world.

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