Conscientious Consumers Minimise Festive Waste

All year round we carefully separate our cans, papers, plastics and glass.  We drop off recycling at our local schools, diligently put out our weekly recycling bag or drive to the nearest recycling depot, and then bam!  The Festive Season arrives and we can so easily go off the rails.

To begin with, especially at this time of year, an alarming percentage of what we throw away probably need not have been wasted to begin with, and even more troubling, a lot of this waste is food.  We buy impulsively, overstock our fridges and cupboards and with true South African hospitality, definitely over-cater!  We buy with our eyes which retailers know very well, so they stock their shelves with oversized containers for maximum visual impact in the race to secure your rand.   Not only does all this lovely packaging attract us, it also entices our children.  Large boxes and other fancy forms of packaging seduce us into believing we are receiving better value.  The reality is that often such packaging is merely a filler, and the companies producing the packaging have hardly applied the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ principles.  ‘Reduce’ least of all.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is increasingly subscribed to by more and more stakeholders in the waste management industry, which effectively means more overall control in critical areas.  Stan Jewaskiewitz, President of the IWMSA says “We are encouraged not to print out emails for the sake of our environment, for example, but we’re not applying that same standard to other areas of our lives.”  He appeals “This holiday period we need to make a conscious decision to be both careful and creative.  Think of alternative ways of wrapping or presenting gifts; don’t be fooled into purchasing goods that are packaged in such a way that they are obviously going to clog up the dustbin. Why not try to support companies that subscribe to sound environmental strategies?”

Jewaskiewitz, the IWMSA and its members ask us to become more aware of both purchasing and disposal as an integral whole.  Some simple solutions could be to reduce the amount of gift wrap you use by coming up with creative options.

The theme of this year’s IWMSA biennial Waste Conference, WasteCon2010 was “What is Your Waste Footprint?”  Some people wonder whether their seemingly small individual contribution to the overall effort can possibly have any impact. The truth is that we can’t depend on others; we all have to take individual responsibility for our behaviours and our own unique waste footprints.

So let’s make a special effort to continue to recycle wherever possible, remembering that this is an especially critical time of year in terms of general waste generation.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi-disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA visit: www.iwmsa.co.za

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CJC Job Fair 2010: Creating Solutions for Sustainable Workforce Development

“For the youth of South Africa to fully realise their potential it is imperative to address the issues of poverty alleviation and job creation in the country,” said David Mabusela, Deputy Principal of the Central Johannesburg College (CJC) at the Opening Ceremony of the CJC Job Fair 2010 ‘Discovering Potential’ initiative in Parktown last week. Recent research has indicated that 2.8 million young people in South Africa are categorised as NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). In addition, approximately 1.5 million lost employment opportunities since the downturn of the economy leaving a lot of South Africans in desperate need of employment. As a Further Education and Training (FET) institution, CJC’s mandate is to help people in the margins of society by bringing them into the mainstream through vocational training.

Vocational Education Graduates are faced with the age old problem of needing experience in order to get a job but needing a job in order to gain experience. The Job Fair, an activity of the CJC Centre for Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) creates a platform for youth with vocational qualifications to meet prospective employers in a neutral environment. “CJC encourages private and public employers to work with our graduates. You may not give them a permanent job,” says CJC Principal Motsumi Makhene, “but give them an opportunity to learn from you through an internship or career relevant volunteer placement, to gain confidence in themselves and more importantly, to assist them in completing the required work integrated learning that leads to a National Diploma.”

What made this year’s Job Fair unique was the event sponsorship by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA) and the partnership with the Association of Personnel Service Organisation (APSO) and their network of partners. “APSO is delighted at the opportunity to work with CJC CEED in building bridges between the college environment and the world-of-work. As part of our mandate, APSO is committed to empowering work seekers to understand their rights and show them how to be ‘job ready’ so as to make the most of their engagements with the recruitment industry, one of the key entry points into the world-of-work. The 2010 Job Fair was a great success and we look forward to building a long-term relationship going forward” said Natalie Singer, Executive: Operations at APSO. The College continues its partnership with APSO and looks to extend its collaboration with more SETA’s for the May 2011 Provincial Job Fair for all 8 Gauteng Further Education and Training Colleges.

An exciting highlight at the opening ceremony of the job fair this year was the donation by ZF Friedrichshafen AG South Africa, of a number of CNC machines to CJC. ZF is one of the world’s leading automotive industry suppliers specializing in driveline and chassis technologies with a workforce of about 100 000 employees operating 119 plants in 25 countries. These machines will be strategically used by CJC to develop a skilled labour force of CNC technicians within South Africa. “This is not just a donation of equipment,” said Dieter Kreissel, Plant Manager of ZF Auto Industrial Brakes and Chassis, “we want to make a difference to the youth of the country and are able to do so through our relationship with CJC.”

Over 80 members of private and public employer sector exhibiting at the fair and invited guests were delighted with the finale of the CJC Job Fair 2010 Opening Ceremony with the presentation of an impressive birthday cake to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Clonave, the former home of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of Jock of the Bushveld. A heritage building based on the Parktown Campus, Clonave is now the home of CJC’s CEED, the Centre behind the Job Fair and Workforce Development initiatives. The CJC CEED stand at the Job Fair 2010 provided a brilliant illustration of the restoration efforts, including renders and plans for green retrofitting of the 100-year old heritage house. “We have an exciting restoration plan for Clonave and welcome the participation of private and public sector partners to contribute to this effort either financially or through participation in our project to document and archive the stories around this beautiful house” said Principal Makhene.

For more information regarding restoration efforts of Clonave and the archive project, please e-mail clonave@cjcceed.com. For more information about CJC CEED or Job Fair 2010 please e-mail jobfair2010@cjcceed.com or alternatively contact Koki Kassaye, CEED Workforce Development Director on 011- 642-1993

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Mobile Community mig33 Brings Android to 40+ Million Customers

As Android Enables “Smartphone Features at Feature Phone Prices,”  Emerging Markets and mig33 Anticipate Huge Growth

mig33, the world’s largest mobile-first community, today launched mig33 for Android, a much-anticipated, feature-rich version of the mobile social entertainment service that has already attracted more than 40 million registered users worldwide – and a version that radically widens mig33’s opportunity for future growth.

mig33 for Android squarely positions mig33 for continued success, as low-cost Android offerings are expected to soar worldwide and – in particular – in the emerging, mobile-first regions that have seen mig33’s Java and WAP versions help it grow to be the largest mobile-first community ever.

Today’s launch of the mig33 for Android (beta) means mig33’s games, chat features, virtual goods and other social entertainment services are now available on any Android mobile device, and may also soon be available pre-installed on new Android mobile devices manufactured by handset makers in China, Taiwan, and beyond.

“In our world, an Android customer and a mig33 fan are veritable soul mates, and this will become only more true in coming months,” said Steven Goh, CEO and co-founder, mig33.  “Both are social, savvy, mobile-centric, and entertainment-oriented – and both are just as likely to prize value as they are higher-end devices.  mig33 for Android was built specifically for those customers.

“Moreover, our Android offering ensures that mig33’s social entertainment services and virtual goods marketplace will be front and center for the next several generations of both mass-market smartphones and value-oriented handsets from the world’s top brands.”

Consistent with its incentive program targeted at handset manufacturers and VAS (mobile content) providers announced on Sep. 292, mig33 is offering a revenue share predicated on consumption of mig33 credits to handset makers that pre-install the mig33 application on Android devices just as it does with the Java app.

mig33 is modeled on successful East Asian social networking services such as Japan’s GREE and China’s Tencent QQ, valued at USD$2.5 billion and $43 billion, respectively.  However, mig33 differentiates by bringing mobile community and entertainment to billions of consumers residing in the emerging, mobile-first markets of Indonesia, India, South Africa, and many more.

The mig33 for Android (beta) is available now at m.mig33.com for Android 2.1 and higher. Feedback can be shared by email to contact@mig33.com

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first community, delivering communications and social entertainment to more than 40 million members. Everyday, members in over 200 countries engage in chat, share photos, join groups, send gifts, play games, create avatars, call friends, email and much more. The service is available worldwide and optimized for more than 2,000 handsets. Launched in 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM; Indonesian entrepreneur Sugiono Wiyono Sugialam, and; GREE, Japan’s largest social networking service provider. For more information, please visit www.mig33.com.

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