Celebrating professional excellence in the waste industry


Industries across KwaZulu-Natal again had an opportunity to flex and show off their green muscles at this year’s Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) and Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA) prestigious Waste Management Awards. This year Engen Refinery (Chemical Industry Award), Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS) Refinery (General Manufacturing Awards) and Clifton Hill Homeowners’ Association (Service Industry Award) all walked away with top honours in their respective categories.

Several other companies were also recognised for their invaluable contributions to cleaner production. The industry awards recognise and rewards best practice in the sustainable management of waste and the efficient use of resources to have a positive impact on the environment.

Aubrey Muswema, Chairman of the IWMSA KZN Branch says, “If we are going to see real change in the way we manage our resources, mindsets have to be engaged. The awards recognise the efforts being made by public and private sector organisation’s across a range of industries to implement a more sustainable approach to waste and resource management, to reduce the environmental impact of industry operations and to develop new products and practices that deliver better environmental performance.”

Dr. Timothy Fasheun, Senior Manager at DAEA says, “Past entrants and winners report a wide range of benefits derived from entering the competition. These include a reduction in waste volumes as a result of advice from the visiting judges which is implemented, understanding of the true cost of waste, improved efficiency and therefore better profit margins. They also gain by sharing information with other businesses on efficient methods in the areas of correct waste management, handling waste, running sustainable waste management programmes and workforce training in terms of source separation and waste handling.’’

Muswema added, “Our awards provide an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of, and reward, best practice. The standard of entries was very high, and the judging panel has had to make some very tough decisions. My congratulations to the new entrants’ winners – every contribution in the battle to reduce waste and improve resource efficiency is important.”

The winners were broken down as follows:


-               Gold Certificate and category Trophy – Engen Refinery

-               Gold Certificate – Sappi Tugela (1st time entrant)

-               Gold Certificate – Afripack Industrial Flexibles – Sacks Division in Mobeni (1st time entrant):

-               Silver Certificate – Afripack Consumer Flexibles – labels DLC:


-               Gold Certificate and category Trophy – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), Refinery

-               Gold Certificate – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), FELIXTON MILL

-               Gold Certificate – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), AMATIKULU MILL

-               Silver Certificate – BEHR South Africa  (1st time entrant)

-               Silver Certificate – Illovo Eston Mill


-               Gold Certificate and category Trophy – Clifton Hill Homeowners’ Association

-               Silver Certificate – Mhlatuze Water Services in Richards Bay

-               Silver Certificate – Engen Convenience Centre- Jan Smuts Road, Durban (1st time entrant)


-               Best New Entrant – SAPPI Tugela

-               Cleaner Production Award – Engen Refinery

-               Innovation Trophy – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS)

-               Individual Merit Certificate and Trophy – Mark Liptrott, Group Sustainability Manager for Afripack.

-               Individual merit certificate – Richard Critchlow CEO of the Engen Convenience Centre

-               Individual merit certificate – Ms. Ntombifuthi Mkhwanazi

-               Team merit certificate – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), Felixton Mill

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 on the 2013/2014 awards, contact the IWMSA’s KwaZulu-Natal branch at: (031) 564 2795, e-mail: kzn@iwmsa.co.za or visit www.iwmsa.co.za.

Retracing the steps of history at the V&A Waterfront

Sixty Nobantu Primary School learners from Gugulethu were taken back in time and retraced the steps of Cape Town’s oldest working harbour when they recently visited the V&A Waterfront and participated in its Historical Walking Tour. Tour guides dressed in period costume led the learners though the Chavonnes Battery Museum and to the 22 different Historical landmarks.

The guides enthusiastically told the story of Cape Town’s rich history and showed the pupils some of the historic points such as the Clock Tower, the Robinson Dry Dock (one of the oldest of its kind in the world and still in use today), Cape Town’s first power station, Time-ball Tower and Breakwater precinct, to name a few. They were also shown a glimpse of what life may have been like in the area 150 years ago when they explored the Chavonnes Battery Museum which showcases the early history of Cape Town set in ruins of the Dutch Fort built in 1714, which has been buried for 140 years.

The V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour operates in partnership with the Chavonnes Battery Museum, which is managed by a BEE, women-owned company, the first to manage a private museum. Dale Dodgen, business executive at the helm of the organisation says, “The Chavonnes Battery Museum and V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour allow visitors to experience the early history of Cape Town from before 1600 to present. When information is presented in an exciting manner, people remember what they have learnt, become interested in the rich history of this part of the shoreline that became a harbour and a waterfront and understand its contribution to the development of Cape Town. The learners from Nobantu Primary School were guided in English and Xhosa, making the experience more accessible. Our guides are site specific trained, we host interns from CPUT and are participating in Workplace Skills Learnerships, our focus is Enterprise Development and job creation, engaging with the stakeholders and encouraging support for small business, like ours.”

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western Cape), sponsored the outing for the learners. Through its partnership with the V&A Waterfront and the “Partners in Education Project” the synergies with the Chavonnes Battery Museum and the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour allows for pupils from disadvantaged areas the opportunity to take part in the guided tours so they can learn more about Cape Town’s roots. Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev says, “Educating the youth about their history is important, and this is a great way to make history fun.”

The V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour departs from the Chavonnes Battery Museum (booking is essential). The Chavonnes Battery Museum, Nedbank Building on the Clock Tower Square, V&A Waterfront (opposite Nelson Mandela gateway to Robben Island), is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.  For more information contact: 021 416 6230 or visit www.facebook.com/ChavonnesBatteryMuseum or http://www.waterfront.co.za/Pages/VandAWaterfrontHistoricalWalkingTours.aspx

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

Photographer: Craig Wilson

Discovery Big Walk – PenBev wishes all the walkers all the best for today!

The Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape are wishing all participants the best of luck in this years Discovery Cape Times Big Walk today (11 November 2012).

PenBev understands the importance of hydration and are sponsoring over 33 000 participants with, 40 000 litres of Coca-Cola and 50 tons of ice during the course of the day. PenBev is also running the Get Spotted competition on race day whereby participants taking part in the races can stand a chance of winning one of 2 000 Coca-Cola prizes if spotted with a Coca-Cola product in their hand.

PenBev is the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage partner for the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk which includes the 5km, 10km, 11km, 12km, 13km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 50km and 80km walks. The sponsorship forms part of PenBev’s wider Live For A Difference campaign which encourages people to live an active healthier lifestyle in harmony with each other, and what better way to celebrate this ethos than during the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk!

For more information, visit www.penbev.co.za

“TUG of LIFE” Flashmob at V&A Waterfront


An exciting event caused a stir this afternoon at the Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. LIFE TALK, an NGO focused on creating awareness about life’s challenges, staged a surprise Flashmob for the unaware audience of local and international tourists at the Flagpole Terrace. The Flashmob which consisted of around 100 youth from various communities around Cape Town entertained the crowd with 5 minutes of choreographed dance and music. Life Talk is a non-profit organisation that is constantly working on creating awareness of the challenges that face teenagers and adults in today’s world. Life Talk’s “TUG of LIFE” campaign is focused on encouraging the youth and parents to stand up and fight to win the tug of war on their life.

Life Talk runs school and parent programmes that focus on empowering individuals to make positive choices when faced with daily challenges in their personal life, in their school environment as well as their communities. “The challenges that face our youth today are tough to overcome” says Life Talk’s Western Cape Director Sue Linstrom. “We need to assist in creating awareness about this for our youth and giving them the tools and confidence to stand up to challenges and make positive choices for their lives We thought a flashmob was the type of youthful platform to encourage all South Africans to start Tugging and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and proudly South African venue.”

Life Talk teamed up with a dynamic young group of dancers that call themselves the Street Stylers, managed by 2nd-Chance. These children have made a stand against drugs and alcohol abuse by using dance as a way of steering clear and keeping themselves focused on positive choices. They have sought learners from various schools in the very communities that have been hardest hit by drugs, alcohol and gangetrism. The learners have been training for months for today’s flashmob.

Peninsula Beverages Company (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western Cape) a long-time supporter of the Life Talk programmes, have been instrumental in the process and have co-sponsored the event. “Life Talk is hitting hard where we as a country need to focus, the Life Talk sponsorship forms part of PenBev’s ‘Live for a Difference’ program, educating youth about important lifestyle issues. We at PenBev have used their knowledge and skills in our school programmes and will continue to do so”, says Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev.

Life Talk is encouraging South Africans to come together and join the Tug-of-War and rid our communities of the challenges that tear them apart!  Visit their website on www.tugoflife.com

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