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Reclaim Camissa: Back to the source

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From the 1650s when Dutch settlers laid out the Company’s Garden at the foot of Table Mountain, when the city was established as a replenishment station for ships rounding the Cape, an abundant flow of water from Table Mountain was the enabling factor for the fruit and vegetable gardens and therefore the primary reason for the early settlement at the Cape. Yet in 1994, as a result of sewage seepage from urban development above the springs, this important source of water was scrapped from the asset resource register.

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Biophilic cities – by man, for man

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The intrinsic interconnectedness of man and nature has been instinctively understood by the earliest societies. It is strange how some of the classic tenets of humanity should be forgotten in an age of infinite information. Yet over the last couple of decades, the field of biophilic design has steadily gained ground and a new research report clearly sets out the economic benefits of recognising man’s innate need to connect closely with nature.

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Triple bottom line: What’s in it for us?

As corporations invest in triple bottom line reporting as a way of ensuring shareholder and customer satisfaction, many are eyeing what is often the largest visible asset of an entity: its commercial property portfolio. Measuring the true, full impact of a sustainable approach and the Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) is difficult, but not impossible.

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