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Rabie is calling on all friends, colleagues and clients to help fund a new multi-purpose Visitors’ Centre on Intaka Island, the award-winning 16ha wetlands nature conservation area in the heart of Century City, to enable this environmental jewel to fulfill its enormous enviro-educational potential.

Construction of the centre is being funded by donations from environmentally conscious corporates and individuals and so far more than half of the estimated capital costs of R2,5m has been raised from sponsors, including Rabie, while the professional team are providing their services pro bono and Big Ben Construction, Rabie’s construction arm, is constructing the centre at cost.

Home to 177 species of indigenous plants, including some red data species, as well as 120 bird species, Intaka Island has an internationally recognized herony and is the starting point of Bird Life SA’s Flamingo Birding Route.

The multi-functional visitors centre, which will include an assembly area, educational activity centre, a reception and ablution facilities will enable Intaka Island to host 10 times the number of visitors, Currently around 6500 visitors per year visit the wetlands. The modern, energy conscious, “green” centre will also showcase sustainable living best practices optimizing energy and natural resource efficiencies and be off the grid, relying on hydro, wind turbine and solar power.

A Trust has been established as the fund raising vehicle and application is being made to have it registered as a Public Benefit Organisation enabling it to issue Section 18a certificates to all donors and sponsors. Sponsors will also be acknowledged on plaques in the centre, on any marketing material and on the Century City and Intaka websites.

We call on one and all to donate, no matter how small, to this extremely worthwhile and sustainable venture. Corporate sponsors will be able to use the facilities for functions as well as hosting tours for underprivileged communities as part of their Social Responsibility Programmes. To contribute please contact Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, on 021 552 6889 or email him at [email protected].



 

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Rabie is so rich. They could contribute to this themselves
 

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Intaka Island Eco-Centre opens
Published: November 16, 2010



The new environmental education centre at Intaka Island, Century City will be able to host more than 7 000 visitors a year.

A new multi-functional environmental education centre for Intaka Island, the 16 ha wetlands nature conservation area in the heart of Century City, was officially opened last month by Tom Boardman, a director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Construction of the eco-centre has been funded by donations from environmentally conscious corporates and individuals, and Intaka Island will now be able to fulfil its enormous environmental educational potential.

The building includes an assembly area, an educational activity centre, reception and ablution facilities, which will enable Intaka Island to host considerably more than the 7 000 visitors a year it has to date. The centre will be run by a full-time co-ordinator, and will be operational early next year.

The modern, energy conscious, ‘green’ building will also showcase sustainable living best practices optimising energy and natural resource efficiencies and it is the intention to use solar panels, photovoltaic panels and wind turbines to generate electricity to take the eco-centre off the national grid.

The jewel of Century City, Intaka Island is seen as the green lung or environmental oasis of the suburb. This natural area has been designed to provide ecosystems to conserve a rare and threatened fynbos vegetation type, to manage and improve water quality, and to provide a recreational and educational amenity. It consists of 8ha of ephemeral seasonal salt pans and Sand Plain fynbos and a further 8ha of reconstructed wetlands with four ponds acting as natural water purifiers for the 7km of canals at Century City.

The island is home to 177 species of indigenous plants, including some red data species, as well as 120 bird species and an internationally recognised heronry. It is the starting point of Bird Life SA’s Flamingo Birding Route and is recognised as a voluntary conservation site by Cape Nature.

A Trust, the Intaka Island Environmental Trust, has been established in part as the fund raising vehicle of the eco-centre, and has been registered as a Public Benefit Organisation enabling it to issue Section 18A certificates to all donors and sponsors.

“More than half of the required R2,5m capital costs of the centre have been raised, along with numerous donations in kind, and all the professionals have offered their services pro bono,” said Chris Blackshaw, chief executive of the Century City Property Owners Association and a trustee of the Intaka Island Environmental Trust.

Extensive green building measures and other eco friendly systems were implemented in the construction of the centre and will be applied in its on-going operations to reduce its carbon footprint.

In preparation of the site all fill used came from neighbouring construction sites, so no fill was bought from outside Century City. The north, north-east orientation is mostly glass for maximum natural light, and the greater part of the roof is thatched, which helps keep the building cool in summer and warm in winter and helps eliminate the need for air conditioning. The rest of the roof is planted with indigenous vegetation which also assists in moderating temperatures.

Where possible, building materials were sourced locally, and all light fittings and globes are LEDS or other energy saving products. Only the kitchen has hot water and this is heated by a solar geyser, and a Rhapsody rainwater harvesting system has been installed to recycle grey water. All rain water is collected in tanks and water from the hand basins is recycled to flush the toilets.

Waterless urinals have been installed as well as air hand driers and push button taps on the basins. All black water goes into a Lilliput effluent system where it is purified by bio-digesters and recycled for irrigation. All other irrigation water used at Century City is recycled water from Potsdam.

All dry waste is recycled and stored in recycling bins, and all wet (organic) waste goes into earthworm farms or compost bins. The indigenous plants used in the landscaping were all grown from seeds in the on-site nursery, and an organic vegetable garden will be established to supply the kitchen.

Source: SA Property News
 

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Intaka Island Eco Centre a 2014 World Design Capital project
Published: March 25, 2014


Aerial view of Intaka Island eco centre at Century City, which has been selected as a 2014 World Design Capital project.

The Intaka Island Environmental Education Centre at Century City has been selected as a 2014 World Design Capital project.

Intaka Island and its eco centre have been hailed as a current and real example of urban development and nature conservation successfully working together to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to development challenges and maximising this into long term educational opportunities.

Intaka Island came about through a collaboration of property development and nature conservation says Chris Blackshaw, chief executive of the Century City Property Owners Association..

When development of Century City started in 1996, it faced the combined challenge of conserving the existing wetland ecosystems and maintaining the clean and safe waterways that were incorporated into the precinct design. The solution was inspired by nature, with an 8 ha ephemeral pan being declared a conservation area and an adjacent 8 ha wetlands area re-designed and constructed to perform a natural water purification system for the 7.5 km of canal water on site. This water is pumped into the re-constructed wetland and through gravity flow makes its way through the different ponds before re-entering the canal system with indigenous plants in each pond providing a different natural cleaning process and so also maintaining the overall ecosystem, specifically bird life.

“To facilitate the long term showcasing of this inspiring solution, as well as adding to the educational and recreational experience of the wetland, the need for a visitors centre was identified. In 2010 construction started on the of the Environmental Education Centre, a multipurpose visitor centre that showcases the environment, sustainable living and green technologies.

“The building design had to meet the multi-functional needs of a reception area, office space, cloakrooms, kitchen facilities while abiding by green building standards. Design was used to create such a space, and incorporates the building into the curriculum specific and tailor made educational programmes, allowing its transformation from classroom to function venue,” says Blackshaw.

Intaka (meaning bird in Xhosa) hosts a range of educational events, and the centre had around 25 000 visitors in 2013. Intaka plans to showcase its story, through its daily guided tours on foot and by ferry, and to create partnerships with similar projects during WDC2014.

Visit www.intaka.co.za.

Source: SA Property News
 
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