South Africa

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

Two sisters established the orphanage in 2000 in order to care for children in the Midrand who have been either abandoned or orphaned because of poverty, HIV or other social problems. Due to expansion,

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Handwoven Bundubags Are Made From Recycled Cargo Straps

Handwoven Bundubags Are Made From Recycled Cargo Straps

Bundubags makes innovative, totally recycled bags with a core belief that lives can be changed by good design. Bundubags began with a creative idea, a love of contemporary African design and a desire to

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115 West Street: Office With a Lobby Full of Living Trees Receives Green Star SA Certification in South Africa

115 West Street: Office With a Lobby Full of Living Trees Receives Green Star SA Certification in South Africa

South Africa's equivalent of the green building rating tool from Australia and New Zealand, Green Star SA will officially recognize the office on 115 West Street with a four star rating in March, 2013.

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New World Bank Report Urges Aggressive Action on Climate Change

New World Bank Report Urges Aggressive Action on Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock Last year, global CO2 emissions reached their highest levels in human history. With climate change affecting everything from weather patterns to satellite operation, governments

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

Liter of Light's founder Illac Diaz commissioned Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly to design their Shanghai Biennale pavilion, and Lamb in turn teamed up with artist Andrew Lord. Inspired to

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LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

The LaunchPad learning laboratories were designed pro bono by Perkins+Will to serve as a computer lab for students in South Africa to connect with mentors around the world as part of an Infinite Family

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The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa

The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa

Reconstruction of the Indluvo Centre began in 2009 when Architects Without Frontiers went to assess the community's needs. They worked with Zvi Belling and Lani Fender to design the project pro-bono to

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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

One of South Africa's most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions

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Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Green Africa Directory, the first online pan-African sustainability directory and network, was recently officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa. This green networking ‘hub’, which is expected

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Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

The site and design optimize daylighting and solar gain during the cold winter months while the windows were placed strategically to capture the prevailing breeze and allow hot air to escape during

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BEN’s Shipping Container Bike Shop Provides Hope Amid Gang Wars in South Africa

BEN’s Shipping Container Bike Shop Provides Hope Amid Gang Wars in South Africa

Andrew Wheeldon established BEN a decade ago in order to promote poverty alleviation and sustainable mobility for the 2014 World Design Capital's poorest residents. A non-profit organization that receives

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Eco-Conscious Upper East Side Hotel Grows Its Own Greens in Cape Town

Eco-Conscious Upper East Side Hotel Grows Its Own Greens in Cape Town

Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Vamana Roux told Inhabitat that these crates full of herbs and other produce comprise the first step in the hotel's food plan. They are currently investigating the

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The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

Three South African companies, namely Woolworths, Safmarine, and AfriSam, sponsored the Vissershok Container Classroom project which is a boon for the children of farm workers living in the impoverished

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Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Sunplugged solar-powered bins are mobile, relatively lightweight, and easily adapted to different functions. The completed prototype featured in this post has a solar panel fitted to the lid of the heavy

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South Africa’s First Hemp House Goes Greener With a Planted Roof (VIDEO)

South Africa’s First Hemp House Goes Greener With a Planted Roof (VIDEO)

Tony explains that the green roof is planted with sour figs - a very sturdy succulent that requires very little water and that spreads quickly. The numerous benefits of a planted roof include rainwater

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DIY: How to Build an African-Themed Gingerbread Geodesic Dome

DIY: How to Build an African-Themed Gingerbread Geodesic Dome

MATERIALS: - Scout Regalia Gingerbread Geodesic Dome kit - Gingerbread ingredients - Icing ingredients - Mixing bowl - Rolling pin - Icing applicator - Mixer - Baking sheet - Candies, sprinkles,

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‘Bicycle Portraits’ Feature Cyclists from All Walks of Life

‘Bicycle Portraits’ Feature Cyclists from All Walks of Life

Last year, we covered the efforts of Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler, who set out to turn stunning portraits of cyclists in South Africa into a spectacular book. It appears that their fundraising efforts

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Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel

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Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

No stranger to Inhabitat, the designers of South Africa's precious Ubuntu Center have taken a very gentle but also contemporary approach to this home renovation by gutting the claustrophobic interior and

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Daring Chef at Planet Restaurant Creates 6 Course Vegan Menu in Carnivore Country, South Africa

Daring Chef at Planet Restaurant Creates 6 Course Vegan Menu in Carnivore Country, South Africa

The Mount Nelson Hotel hosted us and a guest two weeks ago while we were touring Cape Town's numerous eco-initiatives. Our appetizer consisted of light pastries filled with beetroot, eggplant, turnip and

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EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

When Janice went on holiday to Zimbabwe in 2008, she discovered handmade paper products with texture and colors she had never seen before. She immediately contacted their maker, Walter Ruprecht, who had

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

Even on a sunny day, even though it's fairly high up, the Grand Daddy trailer park hotel is very comfortable thanks to plenty of shade and green space, which keeps air quality high despite pollution

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The “Climate Train” is Greeted by Zulu Dancers and COP 17 Officials in Durban

The “Climate Train” is Greeted by Zulu Dancers and COP 17 Officials in Durban

The train has already stopped in 17 cities and towns across South Africa to raise awareness about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint - just in time for the 17th climate change conference

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South Africa’s First Electric Vehicle is a Real “Joule”

South Africa’s First Electric Vehicle is a Real “Joule”

We first heard about South Africa’s exciting first electric vehicle named the “Joule” last year, and are happy to bring you updated information and images. This 5 seater passenger

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Fusion Properties to Build Beautiful Green Roof Topped Houses in Baakens Valley, South Africa

Fusion Properties to Build Beautiful Green Roof Topped Houses in Baakens Valley, South Africa

One of the first GBCSA registered Multi-Unit Residential Pilot projects in South Africa is being planned for Port Elizabeth, South Africa. To be developed by Fusion Properties, the project will consist of

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South Africa’s Historic Babylonstoren Farm Retreat Reconnects Guests with Nature

South Africa’s Historic Babylonstoren Farm Retreat Reconnects Guests with Nature

The getaway lets guests take a step back in time to the Dutch settlement of South Africa. The farm, manor house, bell tower and other buildings have been carefully preserved, and date back to the 1700s.

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