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Century City collaborates in greening the city

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Date 30 June 2020

Century City is becoming even greener!  A collaboration between Century City and the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department aims to improve the public spaces around Century City by the planting of indigenous trees and plants.

Century City prides itself on its high standards in terms of providing world class, well maintained public open spaces and beautifully manicured landscapes.  The section of Ratanga Road where it bends from Sable Road, has become an eye sore of late and Century City has embarked on a project with the various stakeholders, including the City of Cape Town, to improve the sense of arrival and departure to and from Century City.  This section is divided into a range of diverse land ownerships within the public and private sectors, with the predominant owner being the City.

“In February, Century City’s Environmental and Horticulture team attended the Newlands Nursery Open Day managed by the City,” says Louise de Roubaix, Environmental and Horticulture Manager of Century City Property Owners' Association. “It was at this event where the collaborative partnership germinated.”

“Recreation & Parks wants to encourage all residents to create a green fauna rich landscape which can be done by writing to our arborist at Arborist@capetown.gov.za. We look forward to seeing more partnerships like our fruitful relationship with Century City across the city. Together we can create an Urban Forest in Cape Town.” Said Cllr Zahid Badroodien.

The over-arching objectives are to upgrade the landscaping related infrastructure and plantings, promote the planting of water-wise gardens and indigenous trees, improve the overall aesthetics of the area and build long-lasting partnerships to sustain the project into the future. 

De Roubaix continues “Since the onset of Level 3, when our landscaping teams were allowed back, we have been hard at work to eradicate the landscaping backlog and focused on installing, repairing and upgrading irrigation systems. To date, Century City has received and planted a total of 32 large (100 liter) Fever trees (Vachelia xanthophloea) and Ficus trees (Ficus rubiginosa), donated by Newlands Nursery.  Century City will plant and maintain these trees on the property owned by the City of Cape Town, as part of the existing maintenance plan for the Century City precinct.  Furthermore, Century City is engaging directly with property owners bordering Ratanga Road in assisting with the upgrade of landscaping immediately adjacent to their respective properties.”

With the goal in mind of planting in excess of 100 indigenous trees during the winter months, Century City is also overhauling the remainder of the gardens in the Ratanga Road section, with Spekboom (Portulacaria afra), Aloe ferox, Strelitzia reginae, Cotyledons orbiculata, Lampranthus cedarbergensis and various other water-wise plant species.  An approved Horticulture Plant Species list is used, which guides the planting and is based on what is locally indigenous and native to the Western Cape Province and Cape Flats vegetation types. All other private gardens within the Century City precinct are also obligated to make use of these indigenous species in their landscaping.  This minimises encroachment by exotic species and hybridisation with local species.

Future collaboration between Century City and the City of Cape Town will involve knowledge exchange of nursery management practices, pest control, assistance with propagation and collaboration around educational programs involving sustainable planting of water-wise indigenous gardens and tree maintenance programs.