Industry experts share knowledge on how to be more sustainable at the IWMSA’s ‘Green Revolution’

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) are excited to announce their programme for the much anticipated Eastern Cape Conference, set to take place on 10 September 2013 at the Boardwalk Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth.

Government, academic and business leaders from industries across South Africa will be sharing knowledge, best practice and lessons learnt on feasible waste management solutions. A variety of topics will be discussed during the conference such as research fields; renewable energy challenges; recycling methods; sustainable technology; waste management regulations and policies; tyre waste and the implementation of waste management functions.

Highlights for the day include Prof Maarten de Wit, professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who will focus on ‘How to get earth back on track’. Prof de Wit has been working for some years to define a trans-disciplinary field that encompasses all the problems affecting a particular place and its people. This field of research is a new discipline called ‘Earth stewardship science’.

Other topics which will also be observed during the conference: Peter Neilson will discuss renewable energy challenges and opportunities for municipalities, while Lisa Parkes from PETCO will cover an introduction to PETCO and the PET recycling in South Africa as well as the assistance they offer to the community.

Additional speakers include Volkswagen’s Nico Serfontein, who will focus on the car manufacturer’s ‘Think Blue. Factory’ initiative which measures scarce resources and forms of waste to ultimately reduce their impact on the environment, and Dr Chris Mulder will focus on Crossways Farm Village and how this new town in Kouga Municipality is the lifestyle of the future and the first contemporary rural town in the Eastern Cape.

Other attractions include the CEO of REDISA, Hermann Erdmann, who will speak about REDISA’s ‘Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan’. The Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (EC DEDEAT) Lulama Macanda, will address the use of regulatory framework in the implementation of waste management functions, and Mpact’s John Hunt, will focus on how to convert the enthusiasm for the ‘Green Revolution’ into sustainable recyclate collection projects.

The day will be concluded with talks from Sarah Edwards, who will share lessons learnt from the United Kingdom management to help South Africa meet its waste management challenges, followed by NMMU’s Clive Hands, who will showcase and discuss the university’s Solar Car Project of 2011, ‘Photon’. ‘Photon’ will also be displayed at the conference.

“We are very excited to host the Green Revolution conference as it aims to educate and inform about the increasing need for a greener and more sustainable future. We invite all parties interested to sign up for this great event. The IWMSA will also like to thank our guest speakers in sharing their ideas and knowledge,” comments Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA.

More information and details of how to register, please visit www.iwmsa.co.za or email easterncape@iwmsa.co.za or tel: 043 733 8349

About IWMSA

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is a multi-disciplinary non-profit association that is committed to supporting professional waste management practices.

Our organisation comprises of voluntary members who promote environmentally acceptable, cost effective and appropriate waste management practices. We strive towards the protection of the environment and people of Southern Africa from the adverse effects of poor waste management by supporting sustainable best practical environmental options.

We contribute to the improvement of waste management standards and legislation, support international, national and regional trends in best environmental practices; promote the science and technology of waste management and practice affordable cost effective management of waste. Education and training in the realm of effective and efficient waste management is also a key focus for us.

When the IWMSA was established over 30 years ago, it was the vision of the founders to provide South Africa with a clean and healthy environment. Today this is still the very core of the organisation.

Conference listing information

All talks take place at The Boardwalk Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth from 08:30 to 16:45. There will be tea breaks and lunch will be served.

07:30 – 08:30    Registration

08:45 – 09:00    Opening: President of the IWMSA, Dr Suzan Oelofse

09:00 – 09:30    Prof Maarten de Wit from NMMU will address ‘How to get earth back on track’

09:30 – 10:00    Peter Neilson will talk about ‘Municipality energy challenges and opportunities’

10:00 – 10:45    Lisa Parkes from PETCO will speak about PETCO and PET recycling

10:45 – 11:15    Tea

11:15 – 11:40    Nico Serfontein from Volkswagen will focus on the ‘Think.Blue.Factory’ initiative

11:45 – 12:10   Dr Chris Mulder will focus on ‘Crossways Farm Village – a lifestyle of the future and the first contemporary rural new town in Eastern Cape’

12:15 – 13:10   Lunch

13:10 – 14:20   Hermann Erdmann, CEO of REDISA will speak about ‘Integrated industry waste tyre management plan’

14:20 – 14:50   Lulama Macanda from EC DEDEAT will address ‘Use of regulatory framework in the implementation of waste management functions’

14:50 – 15:20   John Hunt from Mpact will focus on ‘How to convert the enthusiasm for the “Green Revolution” into sustainable recyclate collection projects’

15:20 – 15:40   Tea

15:40 – 16:15   Sarah Edwards will speak about ‘Lessons learnt from UK management in helping South Africa meet its waste management challenges’

16:15 – 16:45    Clive Hands from NMMU will present the university’s Solar Car Project

Ray-Ban Rocks at Oppikoppi

Caption – Visionary Bewilderbeasts sharing their vision through the #EnvisionSeries at this year’s Oppikoppi Festival in Northam, Limpopo. A unique opportunity for festivalgoers to communicate their vision for the future was created by giving visitors to the Ray-Ban Top Stage large magnetic boards and magnet words to create a message depicting their vision for the future. Photographs were then taken of these messages and displayed to create an impressive Envision Gallery, which was viewed by thousands of festival-goers. The project was managed for Ray-Ban by EnOv8 brand and event activation specialists. 

To promote their ‘Envision’ campaign at the popular Oppikoppi Festival, and following on the success of the previous two years at the Festival, Ray-Ban once again enlisted the help of event activation specialists EnOv8 to create a memorable brand experience for festival-goers.

At this year’s Oppikoppi Festival, which took place from 08 to 10 August near Northam in Limpopo, visionary Bewilderbeasts were invited to hang out at the Ray-Ban Top Stage, with “the best view of the festival”.

Those who ventured all the way up the Ray-Ban stage, certainly did enjoy a great view, as well as shorter bar queues, a free sunglass-cleaning service and a fantastic line-up all weekend long. Artists performing on the Ray-Ban Top Stage included diverse talents such as Jakkals Unplugged, Nick Turner, Black Cat Bones, Tamryn Jones, Arno Carstens and Flint Meet Spark.

But there was more to ‘Envision’ than great local talent and a spectacular view.  The Envision Series honours the strength it takes to be true to yourself and to freely express your beliefs and personality. The EnOv8 activation team also created a unique opportunity for festival-goers to communicate their vision for the future, allowing them to interact directly with the Ray-Ban Envision campaign.

Large magnetic boards and magnet words were used to create a message depicting the individual’s vision for the future. Photographs were taken of the visionary with their message. These were then printed to jumbo size and displayed to create an impressive Envision Gallery, which was viewed by thousands of festival-goers, many of whom took their own photos of the gallery, thus taking a piece of the campaign home with them.

As any brand specialist will tell you, managing a campaign of this scope is by no means any easy feat, but with many years’ experience under the belt, EnOv8 are undoubtedly one of the best in the business.

“We are really proud of the relationship built with Ray-Ban and the immense success of the brand activation campaigns EnOv8 have implemented for the brand since 2011,” says EnOv8 Managing Director Nicole Rollings. “For all of these events EnOv8 manages the activations, liaises with the event organisers prior to the event, coordinates photographers, promotional staff and other service providers and manages all aspects of the campaign to ensure the brand is represented accurately. It is challenging, exhilarating and extremely rewarding!”

According to Rollings, Oppikoppi in particular has proven an excellent way for Ray-Ban to continue their support of the local music scene while at the same time engaging the public in a fun and unique way.

“We have now worked on several brand activation campaigns for Ray-Ban and look forward to continuing to build the relationship into the future.”

Thera van’t Hof, Ray-Ban and Persol Brand Manager, South Africa, says that when it came to choosing an agency to implement the activation ideas at Oppikoppi this year, she knew that EnOv8 would be the best agency to work with once again.

“Nicole and her team are very passionate about what they do, and just as passionate about our brand as we are,” said van’t Hof. “They always have great ideas to add to the mix and I knew I could be at ease knowing that our brand was in excellent hands during this big event. Once again they proved me right!”

Oppikoppi festival-goers can upload their visionary story at http://www.ray-ban.com/southafrica/neverhide/envision by 31 August 2013. Ray-Ban South Africa will choose a vision to bring to life.

For more information about EnOv8 contact the EnOv8ive Team on 021 4040 645 or visit www.enov8.co.za

CUT Responds to Internationalisation in a Changing World

Is higher education responding effectively and quickly enough to internationalisation challenges and developments?

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is looking forward to hosting the 17th International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference 2013, from 21 to 24 August 2013 at Bloemfontein Campus, with the aim of answering the emerging question about higher education’s response to internationalisation in a changing world.

IEASA, a non-profit organisation, was established as a result of the need for universities and universities of technology in South Africa to respond to international educational trends.

The theme for the conference will be the ‘Internationalisation in a Changing World: Higher Education’s Response’.

The conference will focus on knowledge sharing with discussions on best practices, challenges and opportunities, and the critical role leadership and support services has to play in successful internationalisation.

Further interesting topics will include the interlinking role of indigenous knowledge management, the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and special student issues, such as Xenophobia, ethical considerations and other diversity challenges.

The IEASA Conference will open up international contacts and will focus on creating cross-border partnerships, which will benefit students of tertiary institutions and will contribute to South Africa’s status as a competitor and participant in world markets.

As part of its internationalisation strategy, the university continues to reach out to students and academics from SADC states, Germany, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands and China. These partnerships ensure that our students are not only industry-ready, but that they have a global perspective to their studies and an understanding of international challenges and opportunities.

To register for the 17th International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference 2013, please contact 051-507-3912 or email ieasa2013@cut.ac.za for more information.

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.

Learners time travel to the world’s first heart transplant at the Heart of Cape Town Museum

Caption: South Africa has become synonymous with exceptional medical talent thanks to the world’s first heart transplant at the hands of our very own Professor Christiaan Barnard. Our rich medical history was shared with excited learners from Phoenix High School in Manenberg, Athlone who recently visited the iconic site at the Heart of Cape Town Museum at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) in partnership with the Heart of Cape Town Museum sponsored the High School’s visit to the operating theatres-turned-museum where the extraordinary event took place nearly 46 years ago.

Forty-nine enthusiastic Grade eleven learners arrived at the Heart of Cape Town Museum where tour conductor Christine Heydenrych led the interactive visit. Learners were transported back to 03 December 1967 when Prof. Christiaan Barnard made history in transplanting the world’s first human heart.

Life-size human and medical replicas of the iconic day have been placed within the museum at the exact location where the historical surgery took place. It portrays scenes from the event and includes every detail including Prof. Barnard and his colleagues dressed in green scrubs armed with surgical instruments, blood-soaked operating swabs and sharp scalpels. The learners even saw the heart of the donor that had been transplanted to the recipient, Mr Louis Washkansky!

“The museum tour is an exciting and fascinating journey back in time and an opportunity for learners to study South Africa’s rich history. The life-size models make it possible for them to visualize the event in all its glory which helped shape the medical industry. We also hope that through these tours, we encourage pupils to consider further education in medicine or science,” comments Heydenrych.

“Youth education for the previously disadvantaged is important to us as a company and we are delighted to be in a position to partner with the Heart of Cape Town Museum to educate learners about our country’s historical events. The tours are a fun way to teach learners the importance of a good education and hopefully inspire them to achieve greatness in their own lives,” comments Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev. This initiative forms part of PenBev’s community programmes which assist in uplifting the communities in which they operate in.

For more information on the Heart of Cape Town Museum and tours, visit www.heartofcapetown.co.za.

For more information about PenBev contact 021-936-5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za. Join PenBev’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PenBev

Photographer: Craig Wilson

IWMSA President Suzan Oelofse discusses the future of women in the Waste Management Industry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The waste industry has long been perceived as a rather dirty business with low ethical standards.  But it appears things are shifting and surprisingly, women are increasingly active in driving the change towards a more innovative, ethical and properly legislated industry.

Newly-appointed President of the Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa (IWMSA), Dr Suzan Oelofse, says perceptions are changing with regard to the waste industry and in particular the role of women in waste management.

“Women are realising that working with waste does not mean you are wasting your talents, or that you need to lose your femininity”, says Oelofse.

“On the contrary, women are much-needed in the waste industry, due to their natural instincts to protect human health and potential to make a real difference. In South African households, it is most often the women taking responsibility for waste management.”

The Future of the South African Waste Industry

Oelofse joined the IWMSA in 2006, with a view to benefiting from the networking and knowledge-sharing events offered by the IWMSA at the time. Since joining Oelofse has been integral in the management of the IWMSA and took up the reigns as IWMSA President on 01 July 2013.

Her main areas of focus will be strengthening relationships with Government; strengthening the role of the IWMSA in regulating the industry; and shifting the focus from waste disposal to the use of innovative technologies, to realise the resource potential of waste”.

“All new developments under the Waste Act have implications for both our members and the waste industry as a whole,” says Oelofse. “It is therefore imperative that the waste sector’s voice is heard at the appropriate level to have the necessary influence and impact towards improved waste management standards and legislation.”

Given the increased need for a regulatory body to oversee the conduct of the waste industry, Oelofse says she will further endeavour to position the IWMSA favourably for taking up this role and working with the authorities towards establishing a mutually acceptable system.

About the future of the waste in South Africa, Oelofse predicts that we will soon see an increased focus on recycling and waste separation in most households.

“Women in particular are seeking out information around environmentally-friendly practices they can perform at home and taking real steps towards improving their personal waste management. With more and more women entering the industry – on every level – I envisage a radical shift over the next few years towards a ethical, innovative and properly legislated industry.”

For more information about the IWMSA visit www.iwmsa.co.za

About the IWMSA

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is a multi-disciplinary non-profit association that is committed to supporting professional waste management practices.

Our organisation comprises of voluntary members who promote environmentally acceptable, cost effective and appropriate waste management practices. We strive towards the protection of the environment and people of Southern Africa from the adverse effects of poor waste management by supporting sustainable best practical environmental options.

We contribute to the improvement of waste management standards and legislation, support international, national and regional trends in best environmental practices; promote the science and technology of waste management and practice affordable cost effective management of waste. Education and training in the realm of effective and efficient waste management is also a key focus for us.

When the IWMSA was established over 30 years ago, it was the vision of the founders to provide South Africa with a clean and healthy environment. Today this is still the very core of the organisation. 

ROOTS – that’s where it all begins

Think once, think twice, then…think again! This was the message for the evening when ROOTS representatives sang words of encouragement for the youth and community to help them focus on their futures. 

Last night over 70 local active community members attended an inspiring community initiative event driven by the Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) and powered by The Culture Corporation at Mangaung Sun’s Windmill Casino. The event marked the official public launch of the ROOTS Traders Club and Youth Road Shows which aim to help equip the communities of  Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo with the entrepreneurial knowledge and mentorship needed to achieve a prosperous future.

The festivities began with a choreographed dance by the energetic ROOTS Road Show members, and cheerful messages of optimism were relayed through music, dance and presentations.

The ROOTS initiatives signify the start of social positive change from grass roots level in the Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo areas, and the show was put together by the community, for the community.

Chairlady of the Thabo Community Action Trust, Yasheen Sookdeo comments, “The launch event epitomises what we hope to achieve, and that is to bring the communities together in the shared vision of economic prosperity through socio-economic up-liftment initiatives. This is an exciting time for the Trust and we are on our way to making a lasting difference in these communities.”

Having gone through a rigorous process of qualifying to be a ROOTS Traders Club member, seven identified club categories (retail, sewing, cleaning, farming, logistics, food and manufacturing) earned loans provided by the TCAT. In a unique lending programme, these members are able to loan money from the pot but are required to pay it back before more money can be loaned by other ROOTS Trader Club members. This makes members and their immediate community accountable for their debt.

Guests were reluctant to leave but exciting opportunities lie ahead.

If you would like to support these initiatives or become a ROOTS Trader Club Member, please contact Nicole@culturecorp.co.za.

The ROOTS Youth Road Shows and ROOTS Traders Club are entrepreneurial development initiatives sponsored by the TCAT and powered by The Culture Corporation. For more information about the TCAT, the ROOTS initiatives and The Culture Corporation, visit www.thabotrust.com or www.culturecorp.co.za

CUT Engineering walks away with prestigious award for the 2nd year!

 

Bloemfontein, Free State: Ms Aucamp, a Master’s student in the Department of Information Technology at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) will join a selected group of students from South Africa universities as a recipient of Abe Bailey Travel Bursary Award.  This bursary was awarded for her outstanding academic performance and exceptional qualities. Congratulating Ms Jenny Aucamp is (left) Dr Daryl Balia, Director of Academic Planning Unit and Prof. Herman Vermaak, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (right).

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) Engineering walks away with the prestigious Abe Bailey Travel Bursary award for the 2nd year!

Ms Aucamp, a Master’s student in the Department of Information Technology at Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) will join a selected group of students from South Africa universities as a recipient of Abe Bailey Travel Bursary Award.  This bursary was awarded for her outstanding academic performance and exceptional qualities.  Now, a new member of this exclusive ambassadorial group from CUT, Ms Aucamp will travel to the United Kingdom at the end of 2013 on an all-expenses-paid trip.

This is not a first academic achievement for Ms Aucamp; in 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award for best Academic Performance at BTech level.   “This is confirmation of the quality of graduates we as a faculty deliver” said Prof. Herman Vermaak, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

The objective of the Travel Bursary is to broaden the views of young South Africans through travel, engagement, and each member will be expected to do a presentation at the Goodenough College in London, where they will be hosted for close to a month.   The Abe Bailey Travel Bursary has been in existence since 1951, and so far CUT has been represented three times, Ms Aucamp is the fourth. In 2012 Mr Mphikeleli Jele was awarded the prestigious Abe Bailey Travel Bursary.

“It is a great honour for CUT to have one of our students winning the ABE Bailey Travel Bursary. The group of bursars will be given the opportunity to equip themselves with exceptional leadership qualities and strong service ethic. A greater understanding and co-operation among those with various language and cultural backgrounds, and to foster enterprise, commitment and effective participation in a common future are just some of the items on the agenda”, said Prof. Henk de Jager, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic.

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. For more information about CUT visit www.cut.ac.za