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City Views May 2013, Cape Town as a biodiverse city

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  • >> page 11

    The faces of Cape Town

    >> page 3

    The city as an ecosystem

    Cape Town as an urban biodiversity hotspot

    >> page 6, 7 & 8

    Cape Town as aBIODIVERSE

    CITYCLEAN | SAFE | CARING

    CITYVIEWSYOUR FREE CAPE TOWN CENTRAL CITY PAPER May 2013

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  • City Views is a placemaking publication and free com-munity paper co-published by the Cape Town Partner-ship and the Central City Improvement District. It aims to grow and connect

    people and places through storytelling to help us, as a city, acknowledge our past, overcome our differences, and shape our future.

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    If you live or work in the Central City Improvement District, be sure to save

    these numbers on your phone.

    CCID Security Manager: 082 453 2942

    CCID Deputy Security Manager: 082 442 2112

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    All of the stories found in the pag-es of City Views are available for syndication, for free. If you have a community paper or publication that you believe would benefi t from the use of these stories,

    please contact judith@capetown-partnership.co.za

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    Published by:The Cape Town Partnership and the Central City Improvement

    District (CCID)

    Created by:Judith Browne, Alma Viviers, Ambre Nicolson, Shannon Royden-Turner,

    Lisa Burnell, Alex Latimer, Michelle Coburn

    Contact:Judith Browne: 021 419 1881

    judith@capetownpartnership.co.zawww.capetowncid.co.za

    www.capetownpartnership.co.za

    Design: Infestationwww.infestation.co.za

    021 461 8601

    Telling your story in City Views

    Were always on the lookout for stories of people who are shaping their city, their community, their lives for the better. If you would like to be featured or know of

    someone who is worth featuring, please send your story to judith@capetownpartnership.co.za. We cannot promise to publish every story, but we can promise to

    consider it.

    T his month, in honour of In-ternational Day for Biologi-cal Diversity on 22 May, we celebrate the abundance and variety of Cape Town, one of only three cities globally that rank as an urban biodiversity hotspot. Being located in the Cape Flo-

    ristic Region, the smallest and richest of the worlds six fl oral kingdoms, means that our city is slap bang in the middle of one of the most varied ecosystems on the planet. And its not just about plants and animals: Cape Town boasts a rich diversity in its hu-man inhabitants too. Seeing the connections between these ele-ments, and their interactions with the non-living environment such as infrastructure, cultural sys-tems and economies, allows us to start seeing our city as an urban ecosystem one that needs to be nurtured and developed in a way that increases its diversity, resil-ience and equality.

    biodiverse cityCape Town as a

    We asked talented Cape Town-based illustrator Alex Latimer to help us show the rich variety of our citys systems for our May cover. We think his whimsical and intricate visual map, depicting the incredible diversity of Cape Town, does the trick.

    Your city, your viewsSince March 2013, we have been experimenting with the format of City Views and asking readers for ideas on what the publication can become. What have you had to say?

    How about an issue for kids? What does the city look like from their perspective? What interesting things are on offer for children and also for adults who want to entertain their inner child? Just a thought. Erika Carstens

    Great idea: If you know a school or community group who can help us map the city from their perspective, wed love to hear from you.

    I would get different people to write for the publication, kind of like an open mic section for anyone with an issue serious or not to be shared and discussed. I would also initiate conversations about the city. Ask a question and get people to respond. Perhaps do more photo essays. Yazeed Kamaldien

    Were trying to include vox pops from people on the street in every edition (see page 11). Let us know what you think.

    I love reading about all the Cape Town city news around the different theme of each issue of City Views. Keep up the great work that you and your team do! I particularly enjoy the centrespread maps with key points of interest. While its great to keep these in a safe space at home, I increasingly fi nd that I want to refer to some of these places on the run during the day. Therefore I was wondering if it was possible to make a PDF of these maps available for download, so I can store it on my phone for example. Please let me know if this is possible. Marc Cloete

    If you go onto www.capetowncid.co.za and click on the news tab, the featured story every month is where you can download all the City Views maps for free.

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    By email: judith@capetownpartnership.co.za

    Through the post:Cape Town PartnershipThe Terraces, 34 Bree StreetCape Town 8000

    Have your say

    judith@capetownpartnership.co.za

    >> page 10&11

    The community stories behindCape Town Carnival

    >> page 4&5

    Our journey to 2014 See your city turned inside out

    >> page 6&7

    Cape Town as aHAPPENING CITY

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    Connecting Cape Town one story at a time

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    Our journey to 2014 See your city turned inside out

    >> page 6&7

    Cape Town as aHAPPENING CITY

    CITYVIEWSYOUR FREE CAPE TOWN CENTRAL CITY PAPER

    YOUR FREE CAPE TOWN CENTRAL CITY PAPER

    Connecting Cape Town one story at a time

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    Children speaking out

    on the airwaves

    >> page 3

    What we can

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    How Cape Town

    got its groove

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    OUT THE CITYof Cape Town

    Get the help you need in the CBDON CALL

    While the CCID aims to keep the Central City safe, clean and caring, we often get queries about where to report a faulty traffi c light or who to call when you see a burst water pipe. Here are some useful numbers for the CBD area. If you have a smart phone, you can also scan these useful QR codes to save the numbers straight to your phone.

    New retailers in the CBD Coeval Contemporary Jewellery

    A new addition to St Georges Mall, this jewellery store features contemporary designs in silver and natural gemstones.

    Shop 5 Protea Assurance Building97 St Georges MallT: 021 424 1183

    Urban Rural GrowersEmporium (URGE)

    A mix of rural living and inner-city buzz, this eatery and deli provides fresh produce from local farms around Cape Town.

    6 Buiten StreetT: 021 424 4951www.urgecapetown.co.za

    Nuri Sushi FactoryThis new sushi joint takes a grab-and-go approach to sushi, focusing on fresh, innovative sushi combina-tions at reasonable prices.

    8 Parliament StreetT: 021 461 8719

    Motherland Coffee CompanyThis proudly African coffee com-pany aims to reclaim the conti-nents coffee heritage. Try one of their Mothercuppas, based on their house blend of Rwandan and Ethiopian blend or stick around to sample their food menu.

    Corner of Wale Street and St Georges MallT: 021 424 8570www.motherlandcoffee.com

    Alcohol & Drug Helpline

    Prepaid Electricity Meters

    Disaster Risk Management

    Metro Police

    Refuse Collection, Water Issues, Street Lights

    and Electricity

    Cable Theft

    Traffi c Signal Faults

    Law Enforcement

    Social Development: Children

    Traffi c Police

    Social Development: Adults

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    & Fire

    SAPS Central City

    021 467 8001/2 (24 hours)

    107 (landlines) /021 480 7700

    0800 435 748

    0800 220 250 0800 872 201

    0800 222 771 080 911 4357 / 021 597 6000 0800 220 440

    0860 103 089

    0860 001 948

    0860 765 423 0860 765 423 021 596 1999 082 415 7127(24 hours) (24 hours)

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    Reader feedback

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    The faces of Cape Town

    >> page 3

    The city as an ecosystem

    Cape Town as an urban biodiversity hotspot

    >> page 6, 7 & 8

    Cape Town as aBIODIVERSE

    CITYCLEAN | SAFE | CARING

    CITYVIEWSYOUR FREE CAPE TOWN CENTRAL CITY PAPER May 2013

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    2 CityViews May 2013about town

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