Heart of Cape Town

 

Cape Town – Grade 11 Learners form Athlone High School were eager to learn more about the world’s first heart transplant that took place almost 45 years ago, during a school visit to the Heart of Cape Town (HOCT) Museum at the Groote Schuur Hospital earlier this week.

During an interactive tour led by Christine Heydenrych, learners had the opportunity to relive the history of the world’s first heart transplant led by Professor Christiaan Barnard on 03 December 1967. Life-size models of the historic figures have carefully been placed within the museum bringing the history of the 1967 events to life.

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape have formed synergies with the Heart of Cape Town Museum to sponsor learners from disadvantaged areas with the opportunity to visit the museum and to learn more about this important South African historical event.

Heydenrych said, “I hope that through these school visits, our learners are encouraged and motivated to pursue a career in science and the medical profession. The medical arena has so many opportunities available, long gone are the days of only having the option of becoming either a doctor or nurse.”

Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev says, “We are excited about the partnership. Educating the youth about South Africa’s contribution to the medical profession is important, and this is a great way to make history fun.  Who knows, one such school visit may just make the difference to inspire a learner to pursue a medical profession and to also make a difference to the world’s medical profession.”

For more information on the Heart of Cape Town Museum and tours, visit www.heartofcapetown.co.za. For more information about the projects that PenBev are involved with visit www.penbev.co.za

Giraffe House introducing new friends to Driftsand learners

School holidays are a great time to catch up with friends. This July holiday, the Giraffe House decided to introduce a few of their ‘friends’ to the learners of Driftsand in Delft who attended the School Holiday Program in the area. A group of 280 learners and teachers bravely interacted with snakes and spiders on Wednesday 27 June, when Pieter Oosthuizen and his arachnid and reptilian-friends from the Giraffe House visited them.

Giraffe House visits schools across the Peninsula to teach learners about the wonders of South Africa’s wildlife and to give them an opportunity to interact with these amazing creatures. Werner Fourie, Director of Giraffe House, is passionate about conservation and about educating the youth on the importance of our wildlife. “The youth are our future environmentalists and conservationists; it is important to teach the youngsters about the importance of not killing snakes and spiders. If all our snakes were to be wiped out, we would all have to start getting used to a diet of rats and mice! Snakes are very important to keep a balance in nature and to keep rodents at bay,” Fourie adds. “We teach the youth not to kill snakes, throw stones at them or to pick them up – let the snakes live in harmony with nature. We also debunk the myth that frogs cause warts and teach the learners about the importance of cockroaches – nature’s very own vacuum cleaners,” Fourie says. The talks are entertaining and fun, which Fourie believes is essential for the learners to retain information. Spiders and reptiles form an important element when learning about South Africa’s wildlife.

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape, and the Giraffe House have formed a collaboration to take the Giraffe House’s mobile unit to less fortunate schools across Cape Town. Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev, says, “For many learners, this is the first time that they get to learn about and interact with South Africa’s wildlife. The education of the youth, especially environmental education, is very important to us.”

For more information about Giraffe House visit www.giraffehouse.co.za. For more information about the projects that PenBev are involved with, visit www.penbev.co.za

Photographer: Tiaan van Deventer

Women Who Wage the Ware on Waste

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is delighted to announce the appointment of two women into the key roles of President and Vice-President of the organisation following the recent elections of new council and committee members. The IWMSA is proud to rank amongst its members, a number of women who are not only exceptionally well educated and experienced, but also passionate about the important role that good waste management practices play in improving both our society and our environment. 

The IWMSA bids a fond farewell to their former president, Stan Jewaskiewitz, who made an enthusiastic and dedicated contribution to the organisation during his tenure, and welcomes Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman as the new President and Dr Suzan Oelofse as the new Vice-President.

Nxumalo-Freeman, who has stepped up to the role of President from her previous role as Vice-President, says, “I would like to see the IWMSA becoming increasingly instrumental in facilitating dialogue as well as action amongst key stakeholders in the industry; encouraging others with the same vision and concerns to work together for the greater good.”  Nxumalo-Freeman is also intent on tackling issues from the ground up. “We need to ensure that empowerment seminars, workshops and training interventions are brought right down to grass roots level in order for individuals to better understand where they fit into the value chain; to really grasp the fact that waste is a resource and that a sustainable living can be made by nurturing these resources appropriately,” she explains.

Nxumalo-Freeman has worked hard at changing the way the public perceive women in the waste management industry and the results are self-evident.  She believes strongly that the IWMSA needs to work closely with regulatory authorities to create a higher set of norms and standards in the waste management industry and attributes her success to hard work, perseverance and the support of family and friends.

As Vice-President, Oelofse’s responsibilities will be to serve IWMSA members by creating excellent networking, information sharing and learning opportunities. Oelofse is determined that the IWMSA should have the edge when it comes to awareness of new developments regarding waste regulation in Southern Africa. She intends to closely monitor developments in the industry and to promptly disperse information to members where relevant. With a PHD from RAU and experience as a principal researcher at the CSIR, Oelofse’s goal is to find innovative ways to engage Government on waste management issues.

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

This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view itThe 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: www.iwmsa.co.za