Hanover Park Football Club are the Coca-Cola Amateur Cup Champions

 

Saturday, 13 October 2012 saw the nail biting finale of the Coca-Cola Amateur Cup Challenge that took place at Athlone Football Stadium. Hanover Park Football Club, Cape Town Roses and, Masasidlale Football Club were all victorious in their respective divisions and will proudly be engraving their details on the Coca-Cola Amateur Cup.

Rieduwaan Anthony, Chairman of the Hanover Park Football Club said, “I am incredibly proud of the team; this is the fifth time that they have walked away with the trophy! Through hard work and dedication, our team has excelled. The team’s focus has not been deterred by the anti-social behaviour many of them are faced and challenged with on a daily basis; we are doing this to set a good example to the rest of our community.

“Our team is highly motivated and dedicated; two of the team members, Colin Moos and Alfonzo Topley have both been part of the team since 1996!,” added Anthony proudly.

“Sport plays an integral part of a healthy balanced society; the Coca-Cola Amateur Cup is an important tournament on Coca-Cola’s sporting calendar,” says Dan Davis, Special Services Manager at Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – the local Coca-Cola Bottler). “Well done to all the teams that entered and congratulations to all the winners!”

The Peninsula Beverage Company proudly supports local football in the Western Cape in collaboration with SAFA Western Cape.

For more information about PenBev, visit: www.penbev.co.za

Photographer: Peter Abrahams

E-Waste Collection now Country-wide

It is imperative to correctly dispose of the ever increasing mound of e-Waste which is generated by our fast-moving technological society. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) and the locally established e-waste handlers and recyclers e-Waste Alliance (eWA), “re-“ and DESCO are going all-out this year to launch the first ever co-ordinated nationwide e-Waste collection drive on 01 November 2012 (except Cape Town which will take place on the 3rd of November).

The IWMSA in partnership with eWA has previously been the driving force behind successful e-Waste collection days, particularly in the Western Cape. This year’s collection will be run across South Africa together with offices of participating engineering and environmental consulting engineers, Jeffares & Green, and selected shopping centres (Central Square Pinelands, 37 Sunninghill Office Park for stakeholders in the immediate vicinity of the business park, the Pavilion, the Liberty Midlands Mall and the Greenacres Shopping Centre) in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth respectively.

Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman, President of the IWMSA says “In a bid to provide collection solutions and to educate the public as to the importance of correctly disposing of this potentially extremely hazardous form of waste, the IWMSA and all partners of this year’s collection drive strive to ensure an informative and fun occasion including super prizes for lucky participants.”

“The IWMSA and eWA were delighted with last year’s extremely successful collection which was held at the Pinelands offices of Jeffares & Green when more than 3,5 tons of e-Waste was collected from households and business in the Cape Town area.”

Susanne Dittke, the e-waste collection day co-ordinator added, “We must stress that any e-Waste that is collected will be re-furbished, repaired, re-used or recycled where possible, and ONLY safely disposed of if no other treatment options are available.  All materials will be handled according to integrated waste management principles and in the most environmentally safe manner”.

What is e-Waste?

e-Waste comprises any unwanted electrical or electronic equipment (either running on batteries or electricity) such as computers, TV’s, VCR’s and DVD’s, consumer electronics, kettles, printers, fax machines, cell phones, toasters, microwaves and/or direct parts thereof.  Also included are ‘consumables’ such as cartridges or batteries.

What is the problem with e-Waste ?

E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in South Africa with many redundant items being generated due to rapid advances in new technology.

Due to the numerous chemical elements and heavy metals (such as lead, mercury and cadmium) contained in most electric and electronic goods any resulting e-Waste can be hazardous and toxic, causing serious health and environmental pollution problems if not responsibly handled. Hazardous components from mismanaged e-Waste can contaminate soil and water (if unsafely disposed of) as well as pollute the air with toxic fumes (if burnt), all of which can have dire consequences to plants, animals and people alike.

For more information about recycling e-waste in your area please contact the e-waste collection event coordinator Susanne Dittke: at envirosense@xsinet.co.za or at 021-5320940 or 0718590829

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: www.iwmsa.co.za

 

 

 

Handwriting – not necessarily something everyone can write home about

 The ability to write is a vital skill we are taught from an early age to communicate with others; a basic necessity that cannot be avoided. In our technology driven age, many people seem to have lost the ability to write neatly; with computers, netbooks and tablets, replacing the need to physically putting pen to paper (or the use of a dictionary, thanks to Spellcheck!).

However, technology can’t hide everything and there is a very serious reality that the ability of writing does not come easily to everyone. According to the website Dyslexiaa2z.com, Dysgraphia affects approximately 10% of the population.  Dysgraphia is not only about having illegible handwriting; it also affects the sufferer’s spelling and written composition.

Susan du Plessis, Director of Educational Programs at Edublox, Reading and Learning Clinic indicates, “As with all learning problems, a writing disability can be devastating to a child’s education and self-esteem and can have a major limitations for that child’s career path. A child that struggles with a writing disability will find it increasingly difficult to express their knowledge on many subjects and thus the writing process itself stands in the way of being able to learn.

“Learning is a stratified process, which implies that certain skills have to be mastered first before it becomes possible to master subsequent skills. One has to learn to count before being able to do mathematics. In the same way, there are skills that a child must master before being proficient in handwriting. Underlying shortcomings need to be addressed first, before the child’s handwriting can improve,” explains du Plessis

Just because your child doesn’t have a neat handwriting, does not necessarily mean that they have dysgraphia; there are nevertheless some warning signs to look out for which could help you identify signs of Dysgraphia.

A few of these signs include; awkward pencil grip, avoiding writing or drawing tasks, trouble forming letter shapes; inconsistent spacing between letters of words; poor understanding of uppercase and lower case letters;  tiring quickly while writing; illegible handwriting; mixture of cursive and print writing and saying words out loud while writing.

“However, don’t ‘self-diagnose’ if you are in doubt; consult a specialist.  Dysgraphia can be addressed and treated successfully by automating visual perception, improving visual memory, by addressing motor skills and teaching sensory motor integration” concludes du Plessis.

For more information on Edublox and Dysgraphia contact Susan du Plessis on (012) 345-1480 /  info@edublox.com or visit www.edublox.co.za

Milnerton Beach cleaned up for National Marine Week

A hundred and twenty (120) learners from Protea Park in Atlantis and Sophakama Primary School in Dunoon, Milnerton cleaned up Milnerton Beach, filling 60 bags (weighing approximately 240 kg in total) with debris and litter on Saturday, 13 October 2012 as part of National Marine Week. 

The beach clean-up project forms part of the City of Cape Town’s WasteWise programme aimed at educating learners about the effects of litter on the environment.

The city’s campaign ties-up with Peninsula Beverage Company’s (PenBev – the local Coca-Cola Bottler) “Live for a Difference” Campaign; the Coca-Cola Company is committed to recovering and recycling its beverage packaging post-consumer consumption.

Sammy Mohlaoli, Senior Manager Community Affairs at Coca-Cola South Africa, said, “It is important for us at Coca-Cola, together with PenBev, to inculcate a culture of caring for the environment at an early age, that is why we as a team work very closely with the City of Cape Town, who through their WasteWise program, specifically target the learners about looking after their environment.”

“Together with the Coca-Cola system globally, PenBev has committed to collect the equivalent of 50 percent of the bottles and cans that are sold globally by 2015,” added Mohlaoli.

In its 24th year, National Marine Week is not only an initiative to highlight the importance of our fragile oceans’ ecosystems, but also to celebrate our beautiful seascapes.

Rodney Leak from the WasteWise team indicated, “Approximately 90% of the waste that gets collected on beaches does not come from the sea, but from the land; it is important that we show learners that canals and rivers are not the right places to dispose of waste and litter; it ultimately ends up on the beaches.”

Leak added, “We can definitely see a reduction in the waste that is being collected at each of the clean-ups that are organised since we started with our WasteWise program; however there needs to be continual reinforcement of the ‘no-littering’ message.”

Learners from across the Peninsula have been actively involved in cleaning up beaches in Cape Town since 2004.

WasteWise is a public education and awareness programme of the Solid Waste Management Department of the City of Cape Town. For more information, contact 0860-103-089.  For information regarding WasteWise schools events contact: Rodney Leak on 082 4088 259 or leakgr@iafrica.com

For more information on PenBev’s beach clean-ups contact PenBev 021 936 5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za.

Photographer: Craig Wilson

Beach clean-up at Milnerton beach for Marine Week

The City of Cape Town’s WasteWise project in conjunction with Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape), will be working together to celebrate National Marine week with a beach clean-up initiative at Milnerton Beach on Saturday, 13 October 2012.

In its 24th year, National Marine Week is not only an initiative to highlight the importance of our fragile oceans’ ecosystems, but also to celebrate our beautiful seascapes. 

Learners from across the Peninsula have been actively involved in cleaning up beaches in Cape Town since 2004. Learners will again be setting the example on Saturday when it comes to cleaning up and looking after their environment, by cleaning up Milnerton beach. The beach clean-up project forms part of the City of Cape Town’s WasteWise programme aimed at educating learners about the effects of littering and PenBev’s “Live for a Difference” campaign, where caring for the environment is one of the many focus areas.   

For more information on PenBev’s beach clean-ups contact PenBev 021 936 5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za.

For more information about the City of Cape Town’s projects visit: www capetown.gov.za

Marine week – celebrating our seascapes

As part of National Marine Week that is being celebrated in South Africa this week, Grade 6 learners from Floreat Primary, in Steenberg, were treated to visit the Iziko SA Museum and Planetarium in Queen Victoria Street in Cape Town, sponsored by Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western Cape). The 69 learners got the opportunity to learn more about the importance of looking after our wonderful marine life, and caring for our seascapes. SANCCOB, who is at the forefront of saving African penguins and other threatened seabirds engaged with the learners and brought the message home of caring for this sensitive eco-system.

The visit to the Iziko Museum forms part of PenBev’s “Live for a Difference” campaign, where caring for the environment is one of the many focus areas. “The Western Cape, is one of the few countries in the world that is surrounded by two of the earth’s five oceans, and it is important that our youth understand what a significant role they can play in looking after and caring for our environment,” says Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev.

For more information on PenBev’s contact 021 936 5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za.

For more information about the SA Museum and Planetarium, please visit: http://www.iziko.org.za

WasteCon2012 Award Top Green Organisation Winners

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) walked away with the highest accolade in the waste industry last night, adding to their green credentials when they received first place in the large organisations category in the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) and Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)’s Top Green Organisation Awards achieving a platinum award. From left to right: Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman, President of the IWMSA (left); Simon Leleka from Volkswagen South Africa (centre); Khanyisa Gazi, Acting Head of Department (HOD) of DEDEAT (right)

East London – Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) walked away with the highest accolade in the waste industry last night, adding to their green credentials when they received first place in the large organisations category in the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) and Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)’s Top Green Organisation Awards achieving a platinum award.

The prestigious gala event formed part of the IWMSA’s bi-ennial waste management conference, which is being hosted at the East London International Convention Centre this year. WasteCon2012 is the largest and most comprehensive waste management conference in South Africa.

Every two years, organisations in the province are encouraged to participate in the Top Green Organisation Awards. Acting General Manager Environmental Affairs from the DEDEAT, Gerry Pienaar explains, “The aim of these awards is to promote and recognize responsible Environmental Management Practises in the Eastern Cape while fostering better relationships between government, industry, business and any other organisation.

Khanyisa Gazi, Acting Head of Department (HOD) of DEDEAT, concurred that through these awards DEDEAT are showcasing their relentless efforts to foster partnerships with all sectors and restoring the integrity of the environment. Gazi added, “The deliberate focus of prioritizing the green economy sector as one of the strategic thrusts will yield positive results through our active participation on creating awareness about the green revolution as one of the levers for socio-economic transformation in the province.

“By competing, Industries are enabled to tackle their environmental management issues and improve their housekeeping.  Proper environmental risks management in any business leads to a reduction in overheads and management of potential environmental impacts, thereby improving efficiency and profit margins.”

Pienaar indicated, “There is a perception and fear that this initiative is about enforcement with a view to identifying those who do not comply with the environmental law.  The reality is that government is trying to build relations with all its stakeholders.  This competition is essential if we are to foster and nurture a progressive society with a  vision which meets our future challenges and skills, embracing our unique environment in the Eastern Cape.

“Through the partnership of DEDEAT and the IWMSA’s Eastern Cape Branch, we have teamed up and are working tirelessly to galvanize industry and other organisations to embrace the importance of environmental sustainability”, said Pienaar.

The Awards focuses on excellence and innovative practices which result in maximizing environmental resources while improving air quality protecting Biodiversity, combating Climate Change, maximizing Energy Efficiency, and Water usage and reducing, reusing or transforming waste into a resource. It is a great opportunity for companies to showcase their best practices.

The judging process included a site visit and audit by a team of professionals led by DEDEAT and the IWMSA consisting of waste, air quality, climate change environmental and safety specialists.

There were three categories; the other winners included:

Small Organisation High Impact: Langkloof Bricks, achieving a Bronze Certificate

Medium Organisation High Impact:

  • Winner =  Eveready (Pty) Ltd
  • Runner up = Transnet (Coega Harbour)

Large Organisation High Impact:

  • Winner =  Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA)
  • Runner up (2nd place) = General Motor of South Africa (GMSA)
  • Runner up (3nd place) = Mercedez Benz South Africa (MBSA)

A special award for the Individual who stood out by adopting Zero Waste production in their lifestyle was awarded to Jo-Anne Allie through the VWSA Environmental Management programme.

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

WasteCon2012 Wrestling with Waste

East London – WasteCon2012, Southern Africa’s largest and most comprehensive waste management conference has successfully opened at the East London International Convention Centre this morning to a just over 500 delegates and 100 exhibitors. It is hoped that ideas, knowledge and expertise will be shared during the next three days on all levels of society to effectively and efficiently minimise the growing waste situation in South Africa. Wrestling with waste is not something that can be done in isolation.

In its 22nd year, WasteCon2012 is the flagship bi-ennial waste management conference in South Africa, spearheaded by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA). “As the country’s landfills are dangerously nearing capacity, waste treatment alternatives need to be investigated and we have to instil a culture of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, with disposal to landfills being the absolute last resort,” says Obed Baloyi, WasteCon2012 Programme Manager from the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Steve Kalule, Chairman for WasteCon2012, added, “We are very proud to be hosting WasteCon2012 in the Eastern Cape this year. It is humbling to have all the experts in waste management descending on the Eastern Cape to share their knowledge and experience. “We are all faced with the challenge of wrestling with waste in our respective fields and sectors,” continues Kalule, “Together we can work together and put our minds and expertise together to find a solution to diminish the challenges of waste”.

Councillor Melitafa from the Amatole District and Khanyisa Gazi, Acting Head of Department (HOD) of the Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) both concurred with the sentiment that we all need to work together and take responsibility to find solutions when it comes to managing and minimising our waste.

Melitafa added, “the sad reality is that delivery by municipalities are unfortunately below the desired standard to deal with the waste generated, the legal compliance is low and insufficient budget allocation for effective waste management. Government cannot do it alone, we need to call on all stakeholders within the waste management sector in government, the private sector and general public to work together towards a waste minimisation solution. We cannot buy another planet; our lives and future generations all depend on this planet.”

Gazi reiterated that “A green economy and job creation especially within the recycling industry will therefore be encouraged going forward by the DEDEAT.” Stan Jewaskiewitz, immediate past president of the IWMSA, “working with the municipalities have always been extremely important for the IWMSA, and it is encouraging that capacity building programs such as the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Waste Khoro also took place this week in East London; it is good that the two conferences have been planned back to back, which shows that we are working very closely with each other. The first two days of the week provided the Municipalities with capacity building opportunities, and the next three days will provide them with the very important networking opportunities that are needed.” Approximately 70% of the delegates are from municipalities.

Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman, President of the IWMSA, echoed the views of the speakers of bringing all stakeholders together, “education about waste management needs to be done at grass root levels, something which is very close to my heart; everyone needs to play their part in a clean and green environment. For this reason the exhibition area is open to the general public; we are encouraging everyone to visit WasteCon2012 and to become part of a sustainable waste management solution, that is not just a once-off, but that can be a part of life every day. People can only take action if they are armed with the right information.“

For more information on WasteCon2012, please visit www.wastecon.co.za.
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