The Cape Navigator

Seaside Community Newspaper

Category: South Africa

New Online Portal to Power Cape Town’s Solar PV Boom

A new online portal aims to streamline the solar photovoltaic (PV) authorization process in Cape Town, a city already seeing a significant surge in solar installations. The city reports over 5,000 solar PV systems authorized to date, totalling 126 MVA (mega volt-amperes), with applications tripling between 2021 and 2023. The move comes as part of […]

Climate Change Drives Migration Crisis; New Research Calls for Urgent Action

Stock photo by Matt Palmer.

Mounting evidence highlights the deepening impact of climate change on human migration and the necessity for immediate global action. A recent study published in One Earth emphasizes the need for urgent research into climate-induced migration patterns. Led by Dr Nicholas Simpson (African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town), the study emphasizes the vital […]

Lourens River Flood Alleviation Project on Track, City Officials Offer Updates

Construction crews make headway on the Lourens River Flood Alleviation Project, building defenses for Somerset West and Strand.

SOMERSET WEST – The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate recently held a community meeting for residents of Strand, Somerset West, and nearby areas. Officials provided progress reports on the Lourens River Flood Alleviation Project, a R44.5 million investment aimed at protecting these communities from the devastating floods that have plagued them in […]

South African Children Face High Infection-Related Hospitalization Rates, UCT Study Finds

Stock photo by Ben Wicks.

Young children in South Africa experience alarmingly high rates of infection-related hospitalization, primarily due to pneumonia. This is according to a new study by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and international scientists analyzing a South African birth cohort. The study, part of the Drakenstein Child Health Study based in Paarl, monitored 1,225 children from […]

Coastal Crisis: Cape Town’s “Dirty Secret” Threatens Ocean Health

Milnerton Lagoon, Cape Town. Photo by #ReThinkTheStink.

Cape Town has submitted a report to the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Environment summarizing the results of a recent 60-day public comment period regarding discharge permits for the city’s marine outfalls. The report includes comments and concerns raised by the public, and the Minister will consider these inputs before deciding on appeals to permits […]

Cape Town Boosts Landfill Capacity to Ensure Safe Waste Disposal

Photo of dump truck heading towards a landfill site.

Cape Town is tackling its growing waste management challenges with a two-pronged strategy. While continuing to push for waste reduction and increased recycling, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) is taking steps to extend its landfill capacity. Last week, a Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, visited the Design and Develop […]

Heroic Samaritan Saves Two Children from Rough Seas at Casuarina Beach

File photo of Casuarina Beach by IOL.

DURBAN – The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is praising the actions of an unknown male who bravely rescued two children caught in dangerous currents at Casuarina Beach in La Mercy on Sunday, 10 March. The incident occurred at approximately 11:45 am when an eyewitness alerted the NSRI Ballito station that two young swimmers were […]

Human Activity Stresses Knysna’s Lone Female Elephant, Studies Confirm

Photo of a female elephant in Knysna forest by filmmaker Ryan Davy.

GARDEN ROUTE – Recent studies by South African National Parks (SANParks) have shed light on the well-being of the solitary female elephant inhabiting the Knysna forest. The organisation conducted a detailed assessment of the elephant’s physiological and behavioural patterns to guide future management decisions. Stress hormone analysis of the elephant’s dung revealed fluctuations based on […]

Embrace Wine Bottle Recycling: Reduce Landfill Waste and Support Sustainability

Photo of wine bottle recycling by Overstrand Municipality.

OVERBERG – As the wine industry continues to thrive, recycling wine bottles becomes increasingly important for landfill reduction and environmental responsibility. Here’s how you can contribute to this important initiative: Wine bottles boast impressive recycling potential. Undamaged bottles undergo a meticulous cleaning and inspection process at bottle-washing facilities, after which they are returned to wineries […]

Teenager Evacuated from Cruise Ship After Significant Injury

Opening a path to safety: The cruise ship's emergency deck becomes the starting point of a journey to care for an injured young man. Photo by NSRI.

RICHARDS BAY – An 18-year-old male passenger was evacuated from a cruise ship heading towards Richards Bay in the early hours of the morning after sustaining a significant injury. The evacuation was carried out by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) following a request from the ship. The teenager believed to be from Johannesburg, had […]

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