Call for 2011 funding applications – Verde Ventures Fund

The Verde Ventures Fund (VVF) at Conservation International is inviting applications from Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) in the following four key sectors for consideration for investment: Africa; Coffee and Cocoa; Fisheries; and Clean Energy. VVF utilises a “blended capital” approach of technical assistance and loans and has successfully invested over $15 million in a range of SME’s in Central and South America, Africa, and Madagascar and serves markets as diverse as coffee, tourism, fisheries, and clean energy. VVF was originally founded on the belief that social entrepreneurship, a key component of any green economy, holds incredible potential to […]

RT in Cities Conference 6 May – Register Now!

Responsible Tourism in Cities Mini-Conference Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC), Durban, South Africa One day only, 6 May 2011 (The day before Indaba opens) Time: 08h30 – 16h00, tbc. Cost: Free of charge. Registration spaces limited. Description of the conference: Engage with Responsible Tourism issues unique to city destinations Cities are key tourism destinations and tourism draw cards for nations. Cities are also home to more than half of South Africa’s population, and so are crucial sites for sustainable development. While Responsible Tourism (RT) is central to South Africa’s tourism policy and a key trend in tourism globally, little […]

Cape Town Tourism highlights The Cape Flats for visitors

In a blog post today, Cape Town Tourism highlights opportunities to visit the Cape Flats, home to over a million Capetonians and authentic local cultures.  “Don’t let the name fool you – the Cape Flats, the low-lying area just to the north of Cape Town, is one of the city’s most edgy, colourful and creative places. As living jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim proclaimed in his 1974 anthem Mannenberg, this “is where it’s happening”. Let it happen for you…”

Kate Dickenson of AWOL Tours

“My perfect city would be one with no cars, no traffic jams and no pollution, access to safe reliable public transport linked to cycle lanes with plenty of cyclists and pedestrians commuting to and from work and play. The absence of cycling is not generally a problem in Cape Town. Riding around my Southern suburbs neighbourhood on a Sunday morning I see posses and posses of lycra-clad, big calved, helmet-wearing Capetonians zooming off on their bikes to Cape Point, Tokai Forest or Chapman’s Peak, furiously training for the all important “Argus” that comes round each March. Scroll forward to Monday […]

Nicole Biondi of South African National Parks

“In 1998, what is now Africa’s most visited National Park began an epic journey and adopted a bold and ambitious tagline to anchor their vision to – A Park for All, Forever.  This was not an easy promise to make for a Park lying entirely within the municipal boundaries of a major metropolitan city and covering some 23,000 hectares in size. Add to that the fact that Table Mountain National Park is an open access park, which means that access to the Park is free and open from anywhere along 75 percent of its boundaries. This also means that the […]

Deidre Luzmore of Saldanha Bay Tourism

We will understand only what we are taught In 1968 in New Delhi Mr Baba Dioum, a Senegalese environmentalist, in his speech to the general assembly of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said that “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” I liked this quote so much that I decided to use it in the opening paragraph of my Masters Research. I recently completed my masters dissertation (in South Africa I think it is referred to as a thesis), to […]

Sarah Makin from London

“Having travelled fairly extensively over the past few years, an immediate mental comparison takes place when visiting any city, my benchmark being Cape Town. Perhaps this is because while I have been living in the UK for the past 6 years, I still consider Cape Town to be ‘home’. In my slightly biased opinion, I think Cape Town is still one of the most fantastic cities in the world. This being the case, there are definite opportunities to improve our ‘responsibility’ status. In my opinion, there are two key areas of crucial importance that should be addressed if Cape Town […]

Jessy Lipperts of Extraordinary Travel

“When I think about my favourite places and experiences to enjoy responsibly, what first comes to mind is my favourite mountain to hike: Lion’s Head. What a pleasure to enjoy this in the early morning. The mountain gives you 360 degrees views of Camps Bay, The Atlantic, Clifton, Sea Point, Robben Island, Signal Hill, the Harbour, the CBD and of course Table Mountain. Lots of people climb Lion’s Head in the morning and it’s such an easy walk (once you’ve managed to walk the first bit which is for some people a bit steep). Take a picnic and enjoy nature […]

Mariette du Toit-Helmbold of Cape Town Tourism

“As tourism grows to join the ranks of the world’s major commercial industries, so do the questions around the impact this industry has on our fragile world and its people. Tourism can do as much or not more harm than good if not developed and managed responsibly. The world is rife with examples. It is a fact that much of what we spend even in developing countries, still lands back in the pocket of the Western World with little benefit to the local communities we are actually visiting. International tourism remains dominated by a few large corporations that control flights, […]

Iain Harris of Coffeebeans Routes

“Have you tried to find snoek in a restaurant in the Central City? What about umngqusho or chakalaka? Why is it that if you want ‘culture’ you visit a township? Why is a City Tour a tour of only the original Cape Town city, and not the broader city, as if nothing out of the City Bowl is Cape Town? Why is the East City the neighbourhood surrounding the City Hall and the Granary, and not as far as Khayelitsha and Muizenberg? Can we change the city by changing the language we use to describe it? Can we tell its […]