International recognition for local bottler

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev, local bottler of Coca-Cola products) was identified as one of the Top 10 Bottlers in the Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa region at the Eurasia and Africa Presidents Sustainability Awards function that took place in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2012.

PenBev, the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape, was recognised as one of the top ten bottlers out of 250 bottlers in the Eurasia and Africa Region for the 2011 period.

The Sustainability Awards judged entrants on two criteria areas, focussing on technical application as well as community affairs involvement. On the technical side they assessed the environment, quality and workplace. On community affairs initiatives they focussed on Social Investment projects, such as water projects, package recycling, health, nutrition and quality awareness, active healthy living, climate protection, education as well as social responsibility events.

Stuart McLeod, Managing Director of PenBev said, “It is an incredibly proud moment for us to be recognised as one of the top ten bottlers in the Eurasia and Africa part of the Coca-Cola global market. For us, winning this award shows our dedication to team work and giving back to the community, and highlights that, through our recycling, water and energy efficiency programmes at our plants we are contributing to making our planet sustainable for future generations and long term viability of PenBev.”

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Photo 1: Stuart McLeod, Managing Director, PenBev (right) receiving the award from Ahmet Bozer, President, Coca-Cola Eurasia & Africa Group (left).

Photo 2: (From left to right) Therese Gearhart, President, South Africa Business Unit, Dave Lewis, MD, Forbes Holdings, Ahmet Bozer, President, Coca-Cola Eurasia & Africa Group, Denise Green, Marketing Services Manager, PenBev, Johan Breytenbach, Quality Assurance Manager, PenBev, Stuart McLeod, MD, PenBev, Bill Egbe, Director Sustainability, Coca-Cola Eurasia & Africa Group.

Spar Win-a-Car Darling Winner

Darling resident, Gary Conchar, has become the proud owner of a brand new Volkswagen Golf in the Spar Win-a-Car promotion. Little did Conchar know that his wish for a new car would become a reality after purchasing two 2 litre Coca-Cola products and entering the Spar Win-a-Car promotion! Conchar had planned to buy a new car for his wife the week before getting the good news. Store Owner of the Spar in Darling, Jannie Engelbrecht, said, “It is heart-warming to have played a role in making the Conchar’s dreams of owning a brand new car come true.”

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Is your child coping in class?

We’re six months into the new school year and with school exams coming to an end and reports due, this is a good time to assess how your child is coping at school. A child who is struggling to grasp new concepts or cope with the workload could be challenged in one or more developmental areas.

There are three areas of human develop that can influence a child’s ability to learn, namely physical, emotional and cognitive development. While these three areas are distinctly different they are connected in many ways. Due to this interconnectedness, your child might present with a problem in one area, but its cause actually lies in another. It is important to understand these development areas in order to assess where your child is excelling and where they may need help.

Your child’s physical health can influence how they perform at school. Children are naturally exuberant; a child that is exhibiting signs of listlessness or lethargy could be experiencing health problems. A healthy diet, moderate exercise and good sleeping patterns are tantamount to the health of your child. General practitioner, Dr Linda Baigent, says that the human body needs a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats as well as vitamins and minerals to develop and function properly. “Many vitamin deficiencies result in poor functioning of our nervous system and an inability to concentrate,” Baigent adds. “Children require more sleep than adults and a good night’s sleep is extremely important; nine to ten hours is vital for primary school learners. If your child is going to bed early but still seems tired, they may be a restless sleeper and may be suffering from allergies, post nasal drip, an iron deficiency or ear problems” advises Dr Baigent. “This warrants a trip to the family doctor.”

Your child’s emotional development relates to their feelings, how they handle situations and processes their emotional reaction to them. Emotional intelligence or EQ is a person’s ability to measure, identify and control their emotions. When your child reaches a maturity level where they are able to control their emotions, they are likely to be able to handle times of stress or disappointment better, show empathy to peers in difficult times and feel more confident about themselves and their abilities. Educational psychologist Annemi Scheepers says, “Problems at home can be challenging for your child to handle and may filter across to affecting their performance at school. Sibling rivalry, fighting between parents, divorce, the death of a close relative or an emotionally unavailable parent (though physical or mental illness) are just some of the problems which may occur in the home environment and affect your child in the classroom.”

Within the school environment, an emotional problem may be a school yard bully, lack of social skills (no friends) or teacher/child conflict. Scheepers also notes that a physical illness which has not yet been diagnosed could also affect a child emotionally.

Cognitive development refers to your child’s ability to learn, reason and solve problems. Cognitive skills like concentration, perception, memory and logical thinking are mental skills which are used to acquire knowledge. “These can be described as a child’s tools for learning,” explains Susan du Plessis, Director of Educational Programs at Edublox. “When a child struggles to acquire knowledge in certain areas, it may indicate a cognitive skill deficit.” If you know what to look for, cognitive problems are easy to spot. Does your child reverse letters like b and d or confuse numbers like 65 and 56? Do they have trouble with sequencing and putting letters in the incorrect order, for example write ‘act’ instead of ‘cat’?  Speak to your child’s teacher to find out if your child struggles to copy correctly from the board or if they battle with story sums.

If you suspect a cognitive deficit, du Plessis suggests that you get appropriate help for your child as soon as possible. “The gap between children with and without cognitive deficits gets wider and wider and may become more difficult or even impossible to close,” du Plessis says.

Du Plessis offers the following advice to parents when selecting a clinic to help their child’s cognitive development:

  • Have your child assessed, but budget wisely. The assessment is the first step; your budget should go towards helping your child.
  • Go to your first appointment with a critical mind and ask questions such as, “What method will be used to help my child? What is the theory behind the method? Can you show proof of success? Will my child be safe? Will my child enjoy it?” If they hate going, they won’t learn anything.
  • Get your full money’s worth. While tutoring your child, the teacher or therapist should not answer calls or leave the room to check on dinner.
  • Assess the help. You should see visible results and ultimately an improvement in schoolwork. If this isn’t evident, the method may not be working for your child.

For more information on Edublox contact: Susan du Plessis on (012) 345-1480 /  or visit

More about Edublox

The Edublox methodology is based on 30 years’ practical experience combined with 50 years of intensive research about reading and learning. Edublox have helped learners in South Africa as well as internationally and certain Edublox products are exported to eight countries worldwide. The latest and best technologies are presented at the Edublox clinics. Edublox sharpens attention and concentration, develops accurate perception, improves memory and promotes logical thinking as well as improving reading, spelling and writing. Study methods courses for Grade 4 to Grade 9 learners are also presented.

Robinvale Secondary School are the COPA Coca-Cola Western Cape champions

Caption – Robinvale Secondary School from Atlantis became the Western Cape COPA Coca-Cola under-15 football provincial champions when they beat favourites, Cloestesville Secondary School 1-0 in the final match this past weekend at the Zwelentemba Stadium in Worcester.

Robinvale’s coach, Anthonio Michaels, was delighted with their performance. “We have played Cloetesville on a number of occasions, but this is the first time that we have beaten them,” he said.  “For the past four years we have been eyeing COPA Coca-Cola as a tournament to win and we have finally made it to the next level, the national finals, which is very exciting. The battle is not yet won, however, and I will spend the next few weeks preparing the boys mentally and physically for the next step. We are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we will do as well at the national finals.”

Robinvale team captain, Vuyolomzi Mfiki, while excited, is not quite sure what to expect at the national finals, however he believes the team is fully prepared.  “I know we have been classified as newcomers but I believe many will know us by the end of the tournament. Last year we lost in the provincial final due to lack of concentration. We have learnt and are focused. We have worked really hard to be where we are now and our goal now is to come home with the trophy.”

Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at Peninsula Beverages (the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape) says, “The COPA Coca-Cola initiative forms an important part of our ‘Live for a Difference Campaign’. Coca-Cola sponsors this tournament as it encourages learners to foster a healthy lifestyle through competitive sport; this active health lifestyle fits in well with the objectives of the Live for a Difference campaign. We wish the competitors all the best for the finals and look forward to seeing the final results.”

Robinvale now join Masibonisane High School from KwaZulu-Natal; Kabelo Secondary School from Limpopo, Are-Fadimeheng Secondary School from Northwest and Johannesburg Secondary School from Gauteng at the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals, in Johannesburg from 12 to 14 July.

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World Environment Funday at Maynardville

Caption – Wynberg, Western Cape – Learners from Alpine Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain and Vissershok Primary School in Durbanville were excited to participate in this year’s World Environment Funday that was organised at the Maynardville Park on Saturday, 09 June 2012 by the City of Cape Town’s Waste Wise programme and Peninsula Beverages (the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape). Learners got a chance to meet Zibi the friendly, Waste Wise ostrich who got them singing and dancing to the “Zap it in a Zibi bin” message.

An eco-hunt caused much excitement as the learners ran around the park solving various biodiversity related clues whilst at the same time learning more about the fauna and flora found in Maynardville Park.

Learners also gave a helping hand by cleaning up areas in the park where people had not zapped their litter in a zibi bin.

World Environment Day is celebrated internationally each year on 05 June, with various eco-conscious events taking place throughout the week.   

For more information regarding City of Cape Town Waste Wise community events contact: Rodney Leak on 082 4088 259 or

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Photographer: Craig Wilson

Green Home and Lifestyle Fair to provide solutions for a sustainable future


Commuter bicycles, electric bicycles, self-propelled wheels and straw bale houses – are these the answers to a sustainable, eco-friendly future? These are some of the exciting initiatives that will be discussed at the this year’s Green Home and Lifestyle Fair taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 28 – 29 July 2012.

Public lectures and workshops will be conducted at the Fair, which will also feature an exhibition showcasing more than 100 eco-initiatives for a sustainable future.

Households and members of the public interested in making an eco-conscience difference are invited to attend lectures aimed at providing interesting and implementable solutions to be more environmentally friendly. These sessions will be presented by energy-, water- and home-waste solution experts.

Opportunities for the youth, in terms of careers and job prospects through the green economy, will also be focussed on during the Fair. “It is important for the youth of our country to be made aware of the exciting opportunities that exist in the industry,” says Gordon Brown, Director of alive2green.

The Green Home Fair forms part of the Sustainability Week, which also features the Green Building Conference, and in-depth Seminars on Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Water, Vision Zero Waste, Sustainable Transport & Mobility and Green Business.

Sustainability Week has been earmarked as the largest gathering of stakeholders to address matters of sustainability under one roof; and combined with the Green Home and Lifestyle Fair, is able to connect further and share more knowledge with the public.

For more information on the Green Home and Lifestyle Fair e-mail: / Tel: 021 447 4733.

Learning blockages can be addressed

The primary and high school years can be stressful for children; particularly those battling academically. These children often feel that there is something wrong with them and that they can’t be helped. However, recent research results have indicated a significant correlation between levels of academic achievement in children and the learning blockages that they experience. These learning blockages are factors that hamper a learner’s school performance, for example learning skills, fear about learning and learning from others. Fortunately, these blockages can be successfully addressed through intervention.

Research on the subject was initiated by Henk du Plessis, Managing Director of Edublox, a South African company that assists children and adults with reading and learning. Whilst visiting a number of schools in Phalaborwa, du Plessis realised that many learners were finding it difficult to successfully make the transition from primary school to high school level. This was largely due to the fact that parents often help their children with school work and studying in primary school but once they reach high school level the children are expected to take responsibility for their own school work and studies. Concurrently, the amount and complexity of school work increases as do sport and social commitments. Often the learning skills employed by parents are not transferred to the children and as such, they experience learning blockages.

Du Plessis compiled an online questionnaire by adapting an existing learning blockages questionnaire. The questionnaire, initially designed to assess tertiary students, was specifically adapted to suit Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners. It was designed by Sue von Hirschfeld and Sylvia Downs (1993), specialists on learning strategies and methods.

Scientific research was conducted by Antoinette Rossouw, an Industrial Organisational Psychologist. “The questionnaire was completed by 70 high school learners and their responses correlated with their scholastic achievement,” says Rossouw. “The results showed that there is a significant link between the presence of learning blockages in children and their rate of failure. Learners with fewer learning blockages achieve better marks at school. More effective learners use a broader range of learning skills and choose learning skills appropriate to the subject whilst less effective learners have fewer learning skills and of these, some are inappropriately used. The learners that experienced difficulty with their learning skills, had worries and fears about learning and found it difficult learning from others displayed poorer academic results than their unchallenged counterparts,” Rossouw explains.

“Fortunately for learners facing these learning blockages, this is something that can be successfully addressed through intervention,” says Henk du Plessis. “It is important to create an awareness among struggling learners that these blockages could prevent academic success, that proper intervention can bring about positive change and that there are products and people out there that can assist them in addressing this distressing situation. Many learners mistakenly think that studying means revising material by reading through it repeatedly, but this is not the case. Study success and failure do not only depend on ability. An essential component is the extent to which learners are able to apply proper study methods and learning skills,” he explains.

Edublox Reading and Learning Clinics offer Studiblox, a course that includes brain training exercises, study methods, learning skills, writing essays and delivering speeches for learners from Grade 4 to 9. “When my parents enrolled me at Edublox I was a little sad as it meant giving up three days of my holiday but the three days couldn’t have been better spent,” says Shivani Permaul, a grade 9 learner at St Urshula’s school who attended the Studiblox course. “I’ve learnt from the mistakes I used to make while learning for exams. I would advise kids who are struggling to take it because you’ll see that you have all the potential in the world,” she enthuses.

The learning blockages questionnaire for Grade 8 and 9 learners is available free of charge for parents wishing to assess their own children.  Access to the questionnaire is available online and will require a reference number which can be provided by Edublox. Questionnaire results are sent back to Edublox where an educationalist will be able to explain the results to parents and the learner and suggest a suitable course of action.

For more information on Edublox contact: Henk du Plessis on (012) 345-1480 / or visit .

PPA Tread Lightly Women’s Mountain Bike Funride


Saturday 19 May 2012 saw the Pedal Power Association (PPA) launching their first-ever PPA ‘Tread Lightly’ Women’s Mountain Bike Funride on the Backsberg wine farm near Paarl.

“The event had just over 500 entrants which is outstanding for a first-time event, and which makes it the biggest women’s MTB event in the Western Cape, if not the country,” said PPA Chairman, Steve Hayward.

Participants could enter one of three routes: 22km, 12km or 5km. Men were allowed to participate in the 5km route, provided they were accompanied by a child u/12 at all times.

The event would not have been possible without the support from Backsberg and Neil Joubert wine farms, Paarl Rotary, and the various lucky draw sponsors and service providers. “We would like to thank Peninsula Beverages Company (PenBev), the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape, for sponsoring lucky draw prizes, product for the water points and providing assistance with the event activation,” said PPA General Manager, Karin Pohl.

“It was a super awesome event,” smiled one of the participants. “I am fairly new to this sport and I had just so much fun!” The PPA intends organising more women’s-specific events.

Caption 1: Just over 100 participants lined up for the 5km route for the Tread Lightly’ Women’s Mountain Bike Funride on the Backsberg wine farm near Paarl

Caption 2: Just over 200 ladies tackled the 22km route, which included an unexpected amount of climbing during the Tread Lightly’ Women’s Mountain Bike Funride on the Backsberg wine farm near Paarl



We can all contribute to a greener economy in World Environment Week

In keeping with the spirit of World Environment Week, encompassing World Environment Day on 05 June 2012, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) supports all endeavours, both personal and commercial, to observe this year’s theme titled ‘Green Economy: does it include YOU?’

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines the Green Economy as one that results in ‘improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.’  

Sadly, many feel helpless in the face of the overwhelmingly challenges faced when managing our waste.  There is simply no doubt that the refuse we generate has an unimaginable impact on all areas of our lives.  Few of us stop to think about the transportation of waste, for example, or the collection thereof, and how that is managed; how do we safely transport certain hazardous wastes?  How do we minimise the use of non-renewable energy sources in the transport process?  How do we ensure the safety of those who work in this field? 

Stan Jewaskiewitz, President of the IWMSA says “There is no question that the role played by communities and their awareness of environmental matters can help to develop possible partnerships and even influence legislation.  We, as a nation, are in dire need in our quest to deal with an ever increasing population and the amount of waste generated as a result.  Yes, the ‘Green Economy’ includes ALL OF US and we must ensure that we are mindful in all aspects of lives. In exactly the same way that food, and other goods which travel a shorter distance from farm or factory to table are more economically sustainable and ultimately generate a much smaller carbon footprint, so too is this a consideration when transporting and collecting waste: for instance, there is presently some debate as to how transport distances influence the ecological benefits of recycling. 

On the plus side of the seemingly enormous challenges in this arena, there is room for a great deal of creative and entrepreneurial thinking, something South Africans do well.  Opportunity definitely beckons when it comes to working out practical, environmentally friendly and economically viable solutions to waste collection and transport issues.

Jewaskiewitz concludes, “The IWMSA keeps a close watch on developments in waste management around the globe with a view to keeping our members as informed as possible.  We encourage all South Africans to become more aware and more enquiring as to how the systems around us work.  Mindfulness goes a long way towards change for the better and it really only needs to be one simple step at a time.  This is the aim of the IWMSA: to encourage citizens at large to become more educated and aware of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste at source.”

The IWMSA focuses on providing education and training for its members, as well as other interested parties, whether private individuals or government entities. 

The IWMSA is a non-profit organisation comprising a body of dedicated professionals in their respective fields, who give freely and voluntarily of their time and expertise in order to effectively educate, promote and further the science and practice of waste management.  For more information, visit: