Cape Town to get climate observatory

2011-12-09 10:22

Cape Town - Cape Town is to get the first climate change observatory in the world by 2014, according to a report on Friday.

The observatory would present complex information about global climate change in an relevant, accessible and understandable manner, the SABC reported.

It would be built on a jetty at the V&A Waterfront by the International Polar Foundation. The foundation educates citizens about polar science and research. Cape Town was chosen for its proximity to the South Pole.

The foundation's vice-president Nighat Amin told the broadcaster that Capetonians had offered their support for the project.

"There is a willingness here to actually do something about it [climate change]," she said.

"In other parts of the world there were vested interests, but in South Africa we found that people want to get involved."

Prince Albert II of Monaco is the patron of the project. He and his South African wife, Princess Charlene, were in the country for the COP 17 climate change conference.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-09 10:28

    Yeah for Cape Town!!!! Positive for our country! Now if we can just get the ANC out of the picture this country will make a turn for the better.

      frangelico - 2011-12-09 12:06

      Bardy, would like to give you Johnny Walker Blue, but can't afford it,taxman has taken more than I am willing or able to give,so that they can buy Blue label for all their "comresh"for Christmas Even lardass Malema.

  • Gareth - 2011-12-09 10:56


  • Botha - 2011-12-09 11:15

    Yes they drank the cool-aid. Next it will be the implementation of a carbon tax. Global warming is the biggest hoax of the century. Its all about money and how to levy additional taxes. What a dumb bunch of palookas

      lydonmcg - 2011-12-09 11:19

      Yes, because a climate change observatory is all about tax. What a dumb palooka.

      johnkk - 2011-12-09 11:42

      If what you say is true, I would like it if you could substantiate your claims. I personally believe in climate change. One of my points of reference is Al Gore. He provides a huge amount of facts that make sense. But, opinion is important.

      !r!3 - 2011-12-09 11:44

      couldnt agree with you anymore, the climate is meant to change!!! nothing stays the same in nature. I just want to know who is going to profit with all these 'going green' products. If it was such a big problem people then why dont all countries such as South Africa use its natural resources like the wind to generate electricity and all that? I just dont get it myself...

      michielbester - 2011-12-09 11:54

      Maybe you haven't noticed the lovely weather we're having? Or don't you think pumping 10 BILLION tons of CO2 (2010 figure), not to mention other pollutants, into the atmosphere is bad?

      !r!3 - 2011-12-09 12:08

      I dont see why we had to bring celebrities to voice this cop17 thing, i wont listen to those plastic people. At the end of the day it should only have been scientists with facts and evidence of the real problem, instead of telling us the climate will change, ofcourse its changing. as to global warming in cape town... my ass its already a week in december and its nothing but cool and cold, it should be boiling by now if its so bad. Governments put wool over our eyes and use us for their profit. If you want to follow a conspiracy about something, take a look at cannabis, its scientifically proven to cure cancer and millions of other diseases but yet its illegal, why? because the medical institute will lose out on billions of rands, i know its offtopic but we should open our minds abit. its all about wealth, they dont care about your health

      Wollie - 2011-12-09 12:21

      If this is all about taxes for the government, then why would my business' qualify for milions in tax credits (read breaks) if I were to implement more green tec and reduce my carbon footprint. For one company in Europe, i would actually decrease my overall tax burden and increase net profit by simply changing my power source from carbon intensive to renewable? If it is all about money why are goverment subsidising green tech? Making it cheaper.

      !r!3 - 2011-12-09 12:39

      this is only the begining, just think about it. Science + politics = fail

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