‘Thermal inequalities’ — Cape Town heat mapping reveals huge temperature differences between districts

National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme, with support from the World Bank, initiated heat mapping campaigns in the City of Cape Town, City of Tshwane and Buffalo City which took place between 29 February to 6 March 2024. (Photo: Chris Morgan for the World Bank)

Kristin Engel – 20 June 2024

A study has found that Cape Town neighbourhoods with densely packed buildings and no trees face temperatures up to 15°C higher than some other areas in the city.

In recent years, climate change has significantly escalated the effects of extreme heat across urban South Africa, increasing pressure on public health, energy infrastructure and economic productivity…