Learners from Sinenjongo High School braved the rain to clean up Sunset Beach in Milnerton

Over 100 learners from Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park braved the rain and cold to clean up the polluted Sunset Beach in Milnerton this past International Coastal clean-up Day.

While most people were tucked up in bed during the rain storms on Saturday 21 September, 110 learners from Joe Slovo Park were singing songs of optimism as they made their way to Sunset Beach in Milnerton for the annual International Coastal clean-up Day. One look at the filthy beach which was made worse by the storms bringing in litter from the ocean, and the learners knew they had their work cut out for them, but they were up for the challenge.

The event began with a safety talk about what can and can’t be collected during the clean-up, then a group of youngsters danced to their favourite beats on the Coca-Cola gigrig stage. After the show, the learners were given shirts, caps, and gloves by Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) and rubbish bags by Plastics SA, and they made their way to the beach for an hour and a half where they picked up 179 bags of litter, weighing 1 074kg. The 350m stretch of beach was unrecognisable after the learners tackled the litter problem, and they worked up an appetite.

PenBev fed the learners hunger with well-deserved fresh fruit and sandwiches, as well as refreshments.

Denise Green, PenBev’s Corporate Social Investment Manager comments, “We are so proud of the learners from Sinenjongo High School who showed their dedication to the environment by braving the cold to help clean-up the beach. We are passionate about environmental issues and support many of these types of initiatives as our commitment to enhancing the communities in which we operate in.”

The beach clean-up initiative was organised by Clean-C and supported by PenBev.

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

The ‘Green Revolution’ Conference has set the pace in sustainable initiatives

 

Caption: The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)’s Eastern Cape Conference which took place last week (10 September 2013), at The Boardwalk Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, has ended on a high note with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) showcasing the unique solar car. Delegates used the platform to share, network and deliberate on how to be more environmentally conscious, and what better environment to profile the car of the future.

This year’s bi-ennial Eastern Cape ‘Green Revolution’ Conference saw the 72 delegates participating in lively debates; join in on significant discussions about environmental consciousness and maximising networking opportunities.

Guest speaker, Sarah Edwards from RWS Environmental Consultancy based in the United Kingdom, focussed on international best practices in the waste industry. Edwards shared that the growing population and economy increased complexity of waste streams. Limited understanding of waste flows, the policy and regulatory environment as well as the absence of a recycling infrastructure in South Africa poses great challenges that need to be overcome.

One of the highlights of the day was Nick Chapman, Manager of Central Plant Engineering at Volkswagen South Africa, who shared insights into the automotive giant’s Think Blue.Factory. initiative. Chapman indicated that ecological sustainability is amongst the most important challenges in becoming the ecological number one in the automotive market.

In addition, Prof Maarten de Wit, from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) added by sharing insights on ‘How to get earth back on track’ through a new discipline called ‘Earth stewardship science’.

“We are delighted by the positive turnout for this conference and for all the valuable insight we received about focus areas in the waste industry, green technology, South Africa’s recycling prospects and newly formulated disciplines. On behalf of the IWMSA, we would like to thank all the speakers for their time and knowledge,” comments IWMSA President, Dr Suzan Oelofse.

For more information on the IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za or call 011 675 3462/4. The IWMSA is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/iwmsa

Photographer: Chantelle Mattheus

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. 

Cape Town-based Peninsula Beverage Company is voted one of the top ten employers

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) has made it to the top ten Top Employer 2014 by The Top Employers Institute for the 2nd consecutive year. From left PenBev employees: Allan Opperman, HR Admin Manager; Desiree Johannes, Employee Relations Manager; Bryn Morse, HR Director and Samantha Koopman-Lyners, Training and Development Manager.

In an event attended by South Africa’s most prominent companies, PenBev was recognised once again for its excellent employee offering at the annual Top Employers 2014 evening. Based on independent research by the Top Employers Institute, it was found that PenBev offers its employees outstanding working conditions and looks after its staff exceptionally well. The company has therefore received the exclusive Top Employers South Africa 2014 Certification and lists in the top ten companies to work for in South Africa out of 83 companies assessed for the certification.

The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. The employers examined were assessed on the following criteria: Primary Benefits, Secondary Benefits and Working Conditions, Training and Development, Career Development as well as Culture Management. Only those companies that met the stringent research criteria received the Top Employers South Africa recognition.

What are the reasons for PenBev achieving this prestigious accolade? According to Bryn Morse, the HR Director for PenBev, there are a number of contributing factors but, as he says, “It ultimately can be attributed to the fact that our employees feel a huge sense of pride working for a company that is involved with one of the best known and loved brands across the globe, namely Coca-Cola.  Add to this our unique and values driven culture which everyone buys into and you have a winning formula.”

Samantha Crous, Regional Director Africa & Benelux for the Top Employers Institute says, “Optimal employee conditions ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally. Our comprehensive research concluded that PenBev provides an outstanding employment environment and nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation. They offer a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programmes that are well-thought-out and truly aligned with the culture of their company.”

Congratulations to all companies who made it to the top ten list, namely (1) Unilever South Africa (Pty) Ltd, (2) Nestlé (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, (3) EY, (4) Old Mutual Life Assurance Company, (5) SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd, (6) Accenture South Africa (Pty) Ltd, (7) MTN SA (Pty) Ltd, (8) Microsoft SA (Pty) Ltd, (9) Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., (10) Peninsula Beverage Company (Pty) Ltd

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

Smiles and laughter set the tone for the opening of the newly renovated Philippi Children’s Centre

Caption: Last week saw the opening of the newly renovated Philippi Children’s Centre where the Educare’s children, staff, community members and sponsors gathered to celebrate the launch of their new classrooms, ablution facilities and fully biological sewage treatment system, thanks to the generosity of Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), Western Cape bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products, The Rotary Club of Newlands and other local sponsors.

It was the perfect day for celebrations this past Thursday (12 September 2013), as the sun was shining, litte ones were singing and community members gathered to marvel at the recently renovated Philippi Children’s Centre. The festivities began with welcome speeches, a prayer of thanks and a dance by the adorable Grade R learners.

The new Educare Centre includes the revamp of the classrooms which can accommodate 200 children aged between three months and six years, ablution facilities and the installation of a fully biological sewage treatment system which will save the crèche thousands of Rands annually in water bills.

Helen Diedericks, Philippi Children’s Centres’ Principal, comments, “The crèche was first opened 21 years ago so the buildings were in desperate need of a revamp. We have been dreaming about this day for over five years now and are so blessed to finally give our children the crèche environment they so desperately need. We are so thankful to the sponsors for making our dreams come true.”

The renovation was made possible by three main sponsors including PenBev, The Rotary Club of Newlands and Sustainable Development Initiative (SASDI) – Southern Africa. Other sponsors include Claytile (Pty) Ltd, Atlantic Sands, Murray & Roberts Child Welfare Fund, Helen Blakemore, other funders and volunteer groups Prince2 for Africa Foundation and Love To Langa. The building construction was completed by Granbuild (Pty) Ltd.

PenBev’s Managing Director, Stuart McLeod, says, “Education and development at an early age is incredibly important to us and we are fortunate to be able to contribute to the renovation of the only Educare Centre servicing the farming area in Philippi. This is the 26th brick and mortar project we have sponsored and we are very proud and privileged to be involved in this project.” This initiative is PenBev’s major brick and mortar project of the year and forms part of their community projects which assist in uplifting the communities in which they operate in.

Philippi Children’s Centre provides two meals a day to the children, which is often the only meals they eat during the day, and relies on the generosity of its community for donations of food, nappies and education material. Please lend your support for the Educare Centre if you are able.

For more information about the Philippi Children’s Centre or to donate much needed supplies, please contact Helen Diedericks on 021 370 0039 or Helden@telkomsa.net.

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

Emerging Contractors an important focus for the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) are recognising and supporting emerging contractors within the Waste Sector with training and up-skilling.

“With the right set of skills and relevant business knowledge, emerging contractors can not only improve their own profitability, but also make valuable contributions to the success of the Waste Sector as a whole,” says Aubrey Muswema, Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the IWMSA.

Previous KwaZulu-Natal Branch Committees started the programme several years ago, where emerging contractors were invited to attend workshops and seminars at a reduced cost.

These presentations equip the entrepreneurs with vital information relevant to their business, covering topics such as financial management, procurement, tender submissions, the BBBEE rating system, legal requirements, as well as sharing with them successful SMME case studies.

Earlier this year, the KZN Branch Committee took the decision to sponsor attendance at training and workshop events, with the intention of further assisting small and emerging contractors to get the training and mentorship they require for the successful running of their businesses.

Muswema said he was proud to be upholding the branch’s tradition of assisting emerging contractors.  “We are grateful for all the contributions that our speakers make towards assisting emerging contractors and look forward to further partnerships that will grow the sector and assist our emerging entrepreneurs.”

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. 

Join the excitement at Sunset Beach this International Coastal Clean-Up day

Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company product in the Western and Northern Cape) are challenging all Capetonians to roll up their sleeves and to do their bit to keep our coast clean this International Coastal Clean-Up day on Saturday 21 September. PenBev will again set the example by cleaning up Sunset Beach in Milnerton with the help of Clean C and learners from Sinenjongo High School.

Looking after the environment should be an everyday occurrence and to create awareness about the impact of litter on our beautiful country, PenBev and Clean C will be educating 120 learners from the Sinenjongo High School in the disadvantaged community of Joe Slovo Park, at the Sunset Beach clean-up on Saturday 21 September.

The festivities begin at 09:30 when the learners will arrive at the beach and receive a t-shirt, cap, gloves and recycling bags. An introductory speech and safety demonstration will be made, and then it’s clean up time! After the beach is left spotless, the learners will be treated to a meal and refreshments for their hard work.

The public are encouraged to join in the clean-up and will be given recycling bags and gloves. In 2012, a total of 4 603 957 kilograms* of litter was collected around the world for International Coastal Clean-Up day, so let’s see how much litter we can collect and make a difference in the neighbourhood.

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

Notes to editor:

*statistic provided by Ocean Conservancy report 2013 – http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/icc-2013-report.pdf

International study shows top five do and don’t trends for business communication

Following an international survey conducted in 40 countries across the globe by International Communication Network, ECCO, here are the top five communication do and don’t trends for businesses.

Effective communication has the ability to take a business from good to great. Creating the right message for the right target market using the correct brand language and tone has an enormous impact on the way its stakeholders view the organisation and ultimately its reputation.

A global survey by International Communication Network, ECCO, found five do and don’t trends which surpass language and cultural barriers for best communication practices for businesses.  The survey is supported by South African communications insight from local Reputation Management Company, Reputation Matters, who specialise in building corporate reputation through strategic communication tactics.

“Like all countries, South Africa has a unique voice and the way businesses communicate with their audience is different in each country. However, the study shows that we have these top five do and don’t communication trends in common which exceeds geographical locations. We at Reputation Matters are privileged to be part of this global survey, and the only communications agency in South Africa representing the ECCO International Communication Network,” comments Regine le Roux, Managing Director of Reputation Matters.

Dos

Change your communication approach – it’s no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach so find out what is important to your target market and adapt your messages to relate directly to them.

Tap into your businesses resources – every business has extensive knowledge of its world, so share some of this rich content as an opinion leader with your target market.

Build your reputation through the media – credibility is far more important than popularity, so direct your business’ key messages to the editorial pages of the media.

Local stories work best – building a connection with your geographical area increases the value of your communication. Each story should have a local angle to attract interest from the public.

The whole world is online – integrate traditional media and online campaigns for maximum effect. Incorporate social media into your communication strategy and be authentic, honest and transparent at all times.

Don’ts

Avoid communication overload – don’t try say too many things all at once as it will confuse your audience. Messages must be relevant and focussed.

Don’t ‘shoot in the dark’ – quality pays more than quantity. Focus your communication toward the right audience and you will be appreciated for the competence of your content.

Don’t sell, talk – marketing language should not dominate communication. Avoid an overly promotional and self-celebratory tone as your audience won’t respond well.

Don’t be pushy – overexposure becomes spam. Strategically plan your communication schedule.

Don’t underestimate the importance of PR – one-way communication techniques are outdated. Communication is well placed in the hands of a PR professional where a dialogue consisting of listening, interpreting and processing messages in a complex scenario is integral to the role.

Reputation Matters joined ECCO International Communication Network in 2012 and represents the network in South Africa.

For more information about investing in your business’ 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 Mattes 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.

About ECCO

ECCO is a network of independent PR and marketing communications agencies located in over 40 countries around the world and headquartered in London. ECCO member agencies are successful in their own business and are owner-managed by senior executives with extensive agency/big client experience. ECCO’s objective is to offer the best services to their clients, taking advantage of its international presence and of the full independence of its partners. ECCO clients include Interface, Xerox, Easy Voyage, Photobox , Xango and AETN UK.

ECCO International Public Relations

Kathryn Bishop
ECCO International Public Relations Ltd – Operations Coordinator.
Tel:. +44 203 697 4352, Kathryn@ECCO-network.com
www.ecco-network.com