Combat unemployment to generate future success

Bloemfontein, Free State: The group representing companies; National Health Laboratory Service, ETDP SETA, Eduloan and South African Breweries (SAB) have exhibited at CUT’s growing Career Fair for the past five consecutive years. The event aims to link students to industry, giving them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers, explore different companies, get more information about various industries, and learn more about job opportunities to combat unemployment of CUT students.

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) helps combat unemployment with its annual Career Fair – connecting graduates to industry jobs.

A record number of companies, including First National Bank (FNB), South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) registered to take part in the annual graduate recruitment event, hosted by CUT on 24 – 25 July 2013, at the Boet Troskie Hall, CUT Bloemfontein Campus.

“The career fair is a great networking event that we at CUT host annually to bring potential employers under one roof to interact and network with our students,” said, Prof Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, Dean of Academic Development and Support in her address at the official opening of the Career Fair.

The first career fair in 2006 brought about only 16 employers.  In 2013 the fair has attracted over 41 companies to showcase their portfolios and career opportunities for CUT students. It gives students the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers, explore different companies, get more information about various industries, and learn more about job opportunities.

“We have built strong relationships with government, business and industry and I am glad to say we broke the record this year in terms of a record number of employers who are involved in the Career Fair 2013.  I am sure that our students will be recruited and considered for employment after these two days,” Monnapula-Mapesela concluded.

Present at the official opening was Dr Herman Mashaba, a CUT alumnus and Founder of Black Like Me. Mashaba presented his personal tribulations and triumphs as a young man growing up in the old South Africa where opportunities for development were far and few in between. Unlike the youth of today, Mashaba said that he and many of his peers never had the same opportunities to attend a university of their choice.

CUT Human Resources Management students also assisted with the preparation of student recruitment by managing a CV Clinic, where they gave advice on CV-writing to other CUT students.

“The annual Career Fair is not only limited to graduate recruitment, but also an opportunity for attendees to build strategic partnerships and address the business development needs of the Free State Province,” says Prof. Henk De Jager, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic of CUT. “This event helps to generate an industry-ready workforce.”

For more information about CUT please contact 051 507 3820 or visit www.cut.ac.za.

More about CUT

CUT is a leader in many technology fields ranging from learning programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a broad field in which CUT has about 45% of its enrolments, much higher than many other South African universities. Further, CUT’s research and innovation leadership in many areas, more especially in rapid prototyping and manufacturing is world class. The latter has been honoured by both the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its National Medical Device Platform and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with the latter having granted CUT a Chair in this area. Through its social and technological innovations CUT aims to contribute towards the social-economic development in the region as well as in the rest of South Africa and internationally.

The building blocks of a good reputation

In an increasingly competitive market, staying ahead of the competition is a challenge all organisations face and a great reputation is more important than ever. Managing your company’s reputation strategically is vital for every multinational and every small to medium enterprise from Cape Town to Kosi Bay.

What is Reputation Management and how can organisations get it right?

Reputation management is first and foremost about building relationships with a company’s key stakeholders, which includes communicating with employees, engaging with clients, reacting to investor concerns, collaborating with government and partnering with the media and everything in between.

Annette Jansen van Rensburg, Account Manager at Reputation Matters (PRISA PRISM Award Winners and TopSEO for 2012) says that the personal experiences, perceptions and expectations intrinsic in relationship building is what complicates the reputation management process.

“It is important for organisations to realise that different stakeholders make different assessments and not all stakeholders share the same view of what your company’s reputation is”, says Jansen van Rensburg. “The values of these groups differ and change over time – what was important yesterday may not necessarily mean as much today and can even be of no significance to some stakeholders”.

In an increasingly turbulent economic environment and due to the changing perceptions of key stakeholders, decisions should be based on extensive research. It also necessitates that the organisation is open to the opinions of their internal and external stakeholders.

The only way to secure information about stakeholders’ perceptions and expectations is to request it through research and evaluation, which ranges from informal research in the form of regular conversations, to focus groups and questionnaires.

So why is research so important when planning to engage with your stakeholders? 

Annette shares the top five reasons research is invaluable and non-negotiable when planning a communication strategy to increase a brand’s reputation amongst its stakeholders:

1. INTERNAL INFLUENCES – Employees are the most important stakeholder group of any organisation and undoubtedly the most critical of the organisation’s actions. By knowing what is important to the internal stakeholders and by addressing employee concerns and expectations head-on, the organisation’s reputational core will be steadfast and strong.

Internal research will also assist in gauging whether or not employees understand the vision and mission of the organisation, which will help align all messages and get all the employees on the same page. This is extremely important as coherency will impact employee performance and ultimately make or break the organisation’s reputation and business. With a sturdy foundation and a focussed internal force behind the organisation, there is no crisis it cannot withstand.

2. BENCHMARK FOR BETTER – Knowing what an organisation’s external stakeholders’ relationships are with its competitors, gives it the advantage of knowing what it is up against and what it needs to do to exceed the experiences stakeholders share with its competitors.

3. PERCEIVED IMPORTANCE – The majority of organisations often assume what their stakeholders find valuable and what they want to be informed about, yet each stakeholder group is unique and requires tailored messaging that speaks directly to their needs. This means that research is vital to ensure that each stakeholder receives messages that are relevant and valuable to them and are not bombarded with messages the organisation thinks are important.

4. STAKEHOLDER EXPECTATIONS – Again, each stakeholder group has different expectations in terms of the way they want to be engaged. Therefore corporate communication often fails due to organisations communicating through the wrong channels, at the wrong time, at the wrong frequency, in the wrong tone or with the wrong message, which ultimately means that the carefully constructed messages never reach the right target audience.

5. PROACTIVE APPROACH – By researching stakeholders’ expectations and having an in-depth understanding of their requirements, equips organisations with the knowledge and tools to communicate proactively, rather than reacting to stakeholder criticism or changed expectations.

The RepudometerTM is a reputation measurement tool developed by Reputation Matters, which scientifically measures an organisation’s reputation. This research tool helps analyse all aspects of an organisation that has an impact on its reputation and provides insight into each of the elements listed above, which assists in developing a communication strategy that speaks directly to its target stakeholder group.

“The value of research is immense, but the value of regular research is immeasurable. By reassessing your organisation’s reputation, you will be able to evaluate what is and what is not working and whether your stakeholders’ expectations have changed. This gives an organisation insight that can be used to tailor communication initiatives to stay current and relevant,” concludes Jansen van Rensburg.

For more information on managing and investing in your reputation, visit www.reputationmatters.co.za or call 011 317 3861. We are also on Facebook www.facebook.com/yourreputationmatters and Twitter @ReputationIsKey

About Reputation Matters

Reputation Matters is not just another PR company, we are so much more! We measure five core dimensions of the organisation using our unique RepudometerTM research tool to understand what is building or breaking down the reputation. We have been looking after reputations for the past eight years, with at least a threefold return on investment for our clients. Reputation Matters joined ECCO International Communications Network in 2012 and represents the network in South Africa.

For more information about reputation management visit www.reputationmatters.co.za. We are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourreputationmatters and Twitter @ReputationIsKey

Sustainability Week Help improve your home and planet at the Green Home and Lifestyle Fair 27 – 28 July 2013, Sandton Convention Centre

We all want to make a green contribution to save energy and water, and recycle our waste but all too often it seems like hard work – The Green Home and Lifestyle Fair promises to provide visitors with practical tips, technologies and techniques to be more environmentally astute. Alive2green will be hosting the fair during sustainability week at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27 – 28 July 2013.

Join the events at South Africa’s leading green expo and learn how you can make your home and planet ‘green’. Whether it’s guidance on what to wear, eat, drive or buy, the Green Home and Lifestyle Fair will have the answer!

Experience an array of environmentally friendly solutions from some of the top eco product and service providers. These offerings include everything from energy efficient appliances for your home to energy efficient cars, eco fashion tips, recycling, eco travelling options, green economy careers (Friday 26 July 09.00-12.30), water smart technologies and eco décor.

The exhibition highlights include green home building and interiors advice; an exciting Eco Car Show for driving enthusiasts; the Miss Earth Eco Fashion Show (Saturday afternoon) for the fashionista’s; insight on how to save energy and water and how to recycle waste – insight for the whole family!

Activities during the Green Home and Lifestyle Fair include:

  • Talks on eco fashion and a fashion show
  • Youth and the Green Economy
  • Talks on saving electricity, water and recycling
  • Efforts against rhino and other forms of poaching
  • Afternoon groove bar

Entrance to The Green Home and Lifestyle Fair is R50 for over 18 year olds. All net proceeds will be donated to participating charities.

For more information on Sustainability Week and details on the program for The Green Home and Lifestyle Fair please visit www.sustainabilityweek.co.za or contact alive2green at info@alive2green.com  or 021 447 4733

Mustadafin Foundation and Pick n Pay fill 6000 hungry bellies on Mandela Day

Caption: Mustadafin Foundation and Pick n Pay partnered on International Mandela Day to give far more than 67 minutes back to disadvantaged communities across Cape Town. 6000 hungry bellies were filled after 18 huge pots of delicious food was cooked at Pick n Pay’s head office in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, and distributed in the communities across Cape Town.

International Mandela Day was a memorable occasion in Cape Town as Pick n Pay employees accompanied Mustadafin Foundation to cook and distribute food to nine areas around Cape Town.

The event was in celebration of our country’s father, Madiba, and Mustadafin Foundation facilitated the cooking and distribution of the food to impoverished areas. Each of the eighteen pots held 100 litre of delicious soup with bread and crisps that fed 6000 people. The Pick n Pay staff peeled and chopped veggies, stirred cauldrons and cleaned up since 08:00 on the day, working hard to make a difference. Pick n Pay accompanied the Mustadafin team to deliver the soup to the needy.

“It was a privilege to work alongside Pick n Pay on this project and to help others give 67 minutes of their time in making a change. We are also so grateful to Pick n Pay for donating R10 000 of food vouchers to us which will go a very long way in helping the needy this winter,” comments Ghairunisa Johnstone, Founder of Mustadafin Foundation. “A big thank you also goes to Premier Foods who donated 1800 loaves of bread for the day.”

Pots of soup fed hungry tummies at Overcome Heights in Retreat; Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain; Zille Heights in Lotus River; Egoli in Phillipe; Masekane, Camp Road in Strandfontein; Khayalitsha Section B/C and Heinz Park where residents were grateful for the delicious meal.

Although it was a rainy day, the joy of giving could be seen on every appreciative face!

For more information contact Mustadafin Foundation on 021-633-0010 or visit www.mustadafin.org.za. Join their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation

ABOUT MUSTADAFIN FOUNDATION

The Mustadafin Foundation was established in 1986 as a result of political unrest and violence in the Crossroads Township. Crossroads, at that time was isolated and violence that erupted was due to faction fighting. It had a devastating effect on the local community, particularly women and children.

In order to support the community, a group of professionals offered their expertise, skills and resources. They provided medical care, trauma counselling, accommodation, food and clothing. This group encompassed such a wide range of people working constructively towards a common goal that it was decided to formalise the situation in the hope that this initiative could be maintained – this saw the birth of the Mustadafin Foundation.

CUT Awarded For Entrepreneurial Action

Sandton, Johannesburg: (left) Nhlanganiso Sibanda, and Maraka Lefera, BTech students in Human Resources Management at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) with an award won by Entrepreneurial Action by US (ENACTUS) CUT, a group of students who use entrepreneurial initiatives to serve their community. ENACTUS CUT was awarded five trophies at the annual ENACTUS national competition for students that took place in Sandton, Johannesburg over the weekend.

Students volunteer a 100 hours of their time to combat unemployment, scarce resources, lack of sanitation and malnutrition in Bloemfontein and Welkom regions.

Entrepreneurial Action by US (ENACTUS) Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), a group of students who use entrepreneurial initiatives to serve their community, walked away with five trophies at the annual ENACTUS national competition for students that took place in Sandton, Johannesburg over the weekend.

“The ENACTUS national competition encourages students to transform lives and enable progress through entrepreneurial action for a better, more sustainable world,” says Prof. Crispen Chipunza, ENACTUS CUT project leader and associate professor in Human Resources Management at CUT.

From 27 competing institutions, ENACTUS CUT received fifth overall place and placed second in the Local Economic Development category sponsored by Harmony Gold.

ENACTUS CUT entered two projects, namely the Lefa La Rona Project and the Hare Kopaneng Project.

The Lefa La Rona project assisted a primary school in Chris Hani, Bloemfontein to combat their high water bill, high unemployment in the community and malnutrition among Grade R learners.

With the help of ENACTUS CUT, the school started a garden, which resulted in malnutrition dropping from 10% to 5% under Grade R learners. Four community members, who now play a pivotal role in maintaining the vegetable garden and irrigation, were also trained in Environmental Awareness by CUT’s Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, to assist with job creation in the community and cutting down on water usage.

The second project, Hare Kopaneng, addressed the need for business setup and management skills in an area where there was a lack of sanitation, operation of unregistered businesses, no infrastructure for business transactions and business owners lacking financial and business management knowledge.

Through the Hare Kopaneng project, businesses in the area saw close to a twofold increase in customers, unemployment has been reduced, there has been an improvement in family income and the municipality provided dustbins and refuse bags, which improved health and environmental conditions the area.

“The ENACTUS CUT students have also committed to a second phase to ensure the sustainability of the projects,” says Prof. Chipunza. “They are not moving through communities and leaving them to sustain the improvements themselves, our students will go back and further develop these projects to the point where they are self-sustainable.”

ENACTUS CUT’s Lefa La Rona and Hare Kopaneng projects also received recognition in the Capacity Building category, the Sustainability category and the Business Solutions for Community Development category, during the ENACTUS national competition.

For more information about CUT please contact 051 507 3820 or visit www.cut.ac.za.

More about CUT

CUT is a leader in many technology fields ranging from learning programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a broad field in which CUT has about 45% of its enrolments, much higher than many other South African universities. Further, CUT’s research and innovation leadership in many areas, more especially in rapid prototyping and manufacturing is world class. The latter has been honoured by both the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its National Medical Device Platform and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with the latter having granted CUT a Chair in this area. Through its social and technological innovations CUT aims to contribute towards the social-economic development in the region as well as in the rest of South Africa and internationally.

Green Building Conference 24 – 25 July 2013 at Sandton Convention Centre Passive House Expert –Glenn Murdoch

This year boasts the seventh annual Green Building Conference which forms part of Sustainability Week, and leading environmental media and sustainability company, alive2green, has confirmed a stellar line-up of green building experts for the two day conference. Introducing passive house expert, Glenn Murdoch (above).

A pioneer of the Passive House Standard in New Zealand, Glenn Murdoch’s impressive credentials as the Chair of the Passive House Institute New Zealand and Design Director of Vicus Design Group speaks volumes about the calibre of experts confirmed to speak at the Green Building Conference on 24 – 25 July 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Thousands of buildings were reduced to rubble in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and although not traditionally an eco-built city, the devastation provided an ideal opportunity for designers to rebuild the city using green building techniques. Murdoch was at the forefront of the campaign to get Christchurch back to its former glory, by successfully implementing the European Passivhaus concept in New Zealand for the first time. Not only will he share his unique experience at the conference, but he will prove the ease at which many other countries may adapt and use the building model to their success.

As a result of his experience, Murdoch is now one of New Zealand’s most accomplished designers in the area of passive house design. His talk titled the devil is in the detail will guide participants through the passive house design process with particular importance paid to the attention to detail during the process. Murdoch will share his experience on making projects energy efficient from brief right through to completion and how energy-saving techniques and materials may benefit an energy deficient country such as South Africa.

Gordon Brown, Director of alive2green comments, “As hosts of the Green Building Conference, we are honoured to welcome international experts such as Glenn Murdoch to South Africa.  With regulations for energy efficiency in buildings now firmly in place our designers will certainly benefit from insights of designers from elsewhere who have gained advanced experience in achieving similar standards.”

“I am delighted that Glenn has accepted to speak at this year’s Green Building Conference: as many people know, I am a great fan of the Passivhaus concept and believe it has huge relevance to the South African building sector” said Llewellyn van Wyk, Chairperson of the Green Building Conference 2013.

Murdoch is one of more than ten experts speaking at the conference, and for more information about the Green Building Conference, visit http://alive2green.com/greenbuilding/green-building-conference-2012/ or contact e-mail: info@alive2green.com  Tel: 021 447 4733

The Thabo Community Action Trust launches two community entrepreneurial development initiatives Windmill Casino, 1 August 2013

Taking community upliftment through entrepreneurial development to the next level, the Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) is launching the ROOTs Traders Club and ROOTs Youth road shows in a fun and entertaining evening at the Windmill Casino on 01 August 2013. Join a representative of Free State’s Regional Government who will officially launch the initiatives at the event. 

The Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) is an organisation aimed at providing sustainable socio-economic upliftment and development through social entrepreneurship programmes for communities in the Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo areas. TCAT will launch the ROOTs Traders Club and ROOTs Youth road shows as part of their on-going effort to help equip these communities with the entrepreneurial skills needed for them to be self-sufficient.

The ROOTs Youth educational road show is an interactive and entertaining entrepreneurial development show with a local flavour. Driven by the communities of Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo, it aims to encourage the youth in these areas to think about becoming entrepreneurially savvy for a purposeful and prosperous life, by breaking the chain of reliance and taking action and responsibility for their own destiny.

The ROOTs Traders Club is a community owned entity which provides a platform for small business owners in the disadvantaged communities of Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo to connect and share their entrepreneurial experiences on a regular basis at scheduled meetings, and receive expert coaching and mentoring from external supporters. This business owner network creates an inter-connected support system and encourages further entrepreneurial development in these areas.

See the launch of these two initiates at Windmill Casino on 01 August 2013, and learn about the complexities in driving sustainable community initiatives for maximum impact. Entertainment and a delicious dinner is guaranteed, but seats are limited, so book your place with events@reputationmatters.co.za by 24 July 2013!

The ROOTs Youth Road Shows and ROOTs Traders Club are initiatives sponsored by the Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) and powered by The Culture Corporation. For more information about TCAT, the ROOTs initiatives and The Culture Corporation, visit www.thabotrust.com or www.culturecorp.co.za

Waving goodbye to Cape Town’s beloved Crate Fan, Elliot

Caption: Elliot the Crate Fan has stood high at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town since 2010 but it’s time to say goodbye as the iconic symbol for the FIFA World Cup is dismantled. The 15 metres tall Elliot was a remarkable sight in Cape Town consisting of over 2600 red Coca-Cola crates!

PenBev (Peninsula Beverage Company – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape) assisted with the dismantling of the Coca-Cola Crate Fan, Elliot. Work began on 24 June 2013 and took two weeks to complete. The initial plan was that he would stand at the V&A Waterfront for a year to commemorate the FIFA World Cup, but the public fell in love with him and so it was decided to keep him there a little longer. After three years of much attention, it’s time to say goodbye to him.

Elliot truly was an engineering masterpiece and so was the dismantling process, which included safety procedures such as securing the entire surrounding area off so that every crate could be individually removed using ropes. “The crates will be used in a Western Cape recycling programme in partnership with Coca-Cola South Africa.” commented Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager for PenBev.

Although this is the end for our beloved Elliot, Coca-Cola South Africa is currently in discussions with the V&A Waterfront on a replacement installation.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev

Photographer: Craig Wilson

Successful recruitment of employees can make or destroy a business

South African business owners often complain about the lack of skilled labour in this country. However, many do not realise the role that a below-par recruitment process plays in attracting and securing the wrong candidates. How can business owners make sure they avoid costly hiring mistakes? International award winning Business Growth Expert, Kathi Clarke, explains.

Step 1: Employees are the backbone of any business and recruiting the wrong candidates can destroy it. As a business owner, you continuously need to be on the lookout for talent as opposed to only recruiting when a gap or need arises.

Step 2: To make this manageable, a systematized recruitment process which attracts a larger pool of applicants on the basis of who they are as well as what skills/abilities they have, and which allows them to deselect themselves in the early stages, will get you off to the best start. It will also inevitably save you time in the long run.

Clarke elaborates, “Most employers make the mistake of limiting the recruitment process in the beginning to make it “manageable” and then sift potential employees based on skills and past experience as the first screen.  While these are important, what is critical is the fit with your organisation’s culture. So Step 3 is about shortlisting a person based on who they are as the primary prerequisite followed by their competencies – you can always teach skills but not disposition!

“Step 4 is to have a clear plan of what needs doing in the business and who will do it. This provides an essential foundation for writing a clear job description which details explicitly the ‘what and how’ requirements of the role,” continues Clarke.

“From there, Step 5 is to be different and design an ad that speaks to the type of person needed to suit the role and not just what they need to do.  Remember that this ad is as much a “marketing tool” as a product/service ad is to a prospective customer; you want to compel talent to work for you rather than your competition!” indicates Clarke.

Step 6 is to request that candidates fill out an application form which details why they think they are right for the job and why they want to work for you.  Not only will this give you easily comparable information, but if you make this downloadable from your website, you’ll have the added advantage of boosting your Google rankings! Interestingly many potential applicants will deselect themselves at this stage because they can’t be bothered to fill out a form – you’d be surprised how many!

“Once the applications have been vetted according to the job description and type of person needed, Step 7 is about creating a shortlist of the best of the bunch and arranging a face-to-face interview in which you ask questions designed to elicit examples of behaviour and not opinions. Additionally follow a format suited for the role – for example a group interview works well for a sales job where individuals need to demonstrate that they persuade better than others.

“Before the final interview, Step 8 is to firstly talk to all the candidates’ previous employers.  Start by verifying CV experience like job title, reason for leaving and salary and then ask if they’d re-employ the person.  How this question gets answered will tell you a lot!

Step 9 is to invest in a dispositional test or personality profile to establish their ’fit’ to your business culture. Step 10 is to discuss all of this in a final interview along with your offer regarding a package. Any questions about salary before this point are premature as the worth of the candidate and their level of interest in what you have to offer needs to be established before negotiating a salary.

Clarke continues, “Step 11 is to ensure you have a detailed contract in place which lists the role and responsibilities of the new employee and then to ’use’ this and your great job description to monitor and manage their performance.”

Clarke concludes, “The final step, Step 12, is not to dump the new recruits into the deep end, rather set them up for success in their new job from the outset by taking the time to induct new employees properly – show them the ropes; introduce them to the team and customers; give them the manuals that detail how things get done. Importantly, check in with them on how it’s going so that they can be glad they chose to work for you!”

For more information about Kathi and her services, contact her on kathiclarke@actioncoach.com

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Kathi Clarke is an Industrial Psychologist, international award winning and certified ActionCOACH Business Coach and a business growth expert. With over 25 years’ experience in growing businesses, she and her company Building Best Business since coming to South Africa in 2011, have successfully helped more than 50 entrepreneurs to significantly grow their profits; develop entrepreneurial muscle and enjoy the lifestyle which prompted them to start their own business in the first place. Kathi also finds the time to offer her services probono to NPOs.

Sustainability Week Environmental knowledge and solutions at your finger tips 24 – 28 July 2013, Sandton Convention Centre

Sustainability Week is around the corner, and leading environmental media and sustainability company, alive2green, has confirmed a jam-packed week-long trade exhibition incorporating a series of conferences, seminars and public lectures. Join the events at the Sandton Convention Centre from 24 – 28 July 2013. 

Sustainability Week is the leading green economy expo in South Africa, boasting a multitude of eco products and technology exhibits, as well as over ten conferences and seminars taking place throughout the week. See the latest innovations, technologies and products driving the move to a greener economy.

During the course of the week attendees will learn about practical, implementable and accessible changes that need to be made across sectors, as well as in homes, to bring about a more sustainable South Africa.

Activities during Sustainability Week include:

  • Sustainability Week exhibition / trade show: 24 – 28 July
  • Sustainable Water Resource conference and exhibition: 24 July
  • Sustainable Transport and Mobility conference and exhibition: 24 July
  • Vision Zero Waste seminar and exhibition: 24 July
  • Green Building conference and exhibition: 24 – 25 July
  • Green Business seminar and exhibition: 25 July
  • Clean Business Ekurhuleni: 25 July
  • Sustainable Energy seminar and exhibition: 25 July
  • Responsible and Sustainable Tourism seminar and exhibition: 25 July
  • Economics of Green Building Course: 26 July
  • Youth and the Green Economy workshop: 26 July
  • The Green Home and Lifestyle Fair (27 – 28 July):

Exhibition highlights include: organic market, green home building and interiors, eco car show, energy and water efficient solutions, waste recycling, and conservation.

Other activities that visitors can look forward to are: public courses on saving electricity, water, and recycling; talks on eco fashion, efforts against rhino and other forms of poaching as well as an afternoon groove bar with live music – Saturday and Sunday.

Entrance is free during the week and R50 for over 18 year olds on the weekend. Net proceeds will be donated to charities.

For more information on Sustainability Week please visit: www.sustainabilityweek.co.za or contact e-mail: info@alive2green.com  Tel: 021 447 4733