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Johannesburg – urban forest

Lucky for residents of the northern suburbs, we have the advantage of this lush greenery and other beautiful flora and fauna that make the natural environment an unforgettable part of living this side of the city centre.


14 November 2013 0

Why we need trees

The trees in our suburbs serve many purposes. They beautify our communities and release oxygen while offsetting carbon dioxide. They also moderate the climate by regulating the effects of the sun, wind and rain. What’s more is that trees and the soil they root in help to absorb run-off water associated with stormy weather.


13 November 2013 0

The European Bee-Eater stops in Joburg

The birds fly the treacherous journey from central and eastern Europe cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Desert to settle in Southern Africa. Bee-eaters from France, Spain and Italy fly across the Sahara to West Africa. Their ideal African grounds are sandy riversides or cliff sides – hence their attraction to Northcliff Ridge.


17 October 2013 0

Sonwabile Ndamase – Designer of the infamous ‘Madiba shirt’

Ndamase shot to world prominence in the 90s when then President Nelson Mandela took a liking to his colourfully designed shirts. In 2013, his famous ‘Madiba shirt’ was again in high demand when the former president was admitted to hospital. But to the enthusiastic pupils at Abbotts College Northcliff, Ndamase was there to reassure them of their place in the world.


16 October 2013 0

A history of the environment of Fairland, Johannesburg

The trees were planted in diagonal rows to mimic the design of the British flag. Today, the layout can be seen from Google Maps Satellite view, though some of the trees are no longer in place.


24 September 2013 1

Joburg’s Skyline and Cityscape

Joburg’s skyline one big ball less NORTHCLIFF- Residents notice that the well-known pink ball on Hillbrow tower has disappeared. September 24, 2013 What the ball looked like when erected for…
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24 September 2013 0

Joburg’s ‘handkerchief’ trees

Angus Gunn and the handkerchief tree MONTGOMERY PARK – Retired horticulturalist Angus Gunn gives a byte of history about the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. September 11, 2013 The handkerchief tree (Davida…
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11 September 2013 0

A heritage asset of Joburg’s built environment

“As it is important to plant trees, it is important for us to conserve buildings such as those in this Delta Park precinct so that their interesting features remain,” says Di Betton, Executive Officer of the Delta Park Environmental Centre.


19 August 2013 0

Greenpeace Africa lead the solar revolution

Greenpeace leads the solar panel rooftop revolution RICHMOND- Greenpeace demonstrates how to get rid of your electricity bill. November 12, 2013 KEEPING COOL: Greenpeace Africa staff members Irene Wabiwa, Restley…
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12 March 2013 0