State of the Nation– An E-Team Report: Part 4

State of the Nation – An E-Team Report

Part 4: By Roger Wynne-Dyke

3. What is a ‘World Design Capital’ and what will it mean to Cape Town by being the 2014 recipient?

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, design has become an increasingly fundamental tool to make cities more competitive, attractive, liveable and efficient. The World Design Capital designation is a city promotion project that celebrates the accomplishments of cities that have used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and improve social, cultural and economic life.


State of the Nation– An E-Team Report: Part 3

State of the Nation – An E-Team Report

Part 3: By Roger Wynne-Dyke

2. What is ‘COP 17’ and what does it mean?

25th November 2011 will see the world descend on Durban to discuss yet another framework for action on Climate Change.


The ENERGY Project - How Electricity is made

Electricity in South Africa

How Electricity is made:

You don’t have to be a scientist to understand how electricity is made. When you understand the process, you’ll also understand why we can’t store it, making it essential that we ‘save’ it wherever we can.
Michael Faraday discovered in 1831 that magnets and moving wire had strange effects on each other when they moved closer together. In fact, Faraday found that the mechanical energy used to move a magnet inside a coil of wire could be changed into electrical energy. It is this simple discovery, which has led to modern power stations.


The ENERGY Project - Saving Energy: Part 7

Standby Power
Most people don't know this, but even when your appliances are switched off they still use power. When an appliance is in stand-by mode it draws a substantial amount of electricity over time. Only by switching unnecessary appliances off directly at the wall socket can you be sure it's not wasting any unnecessary electricity.
Standby power tip:

  • Always unplug unnecessary appliances at the wall socket       

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