A welcome donation for Oasis Association


Photo caption: Beraldine Jagers (right), Recycling Manager at Oasis Association based in Claremont, receives a donation of R10 000 from Melani Traut (left), Chairperson of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA) Western Cape Branch. Oasis Association was established in 1952 and helps enable people with intellectual disabilities to become as independent as possible in the community through day centres, workshops, residential facilities and supplementary programmes. One of Oasis’ projects is Recycling and Waste Management where the focus is on recycling and re-using items. Western Cape residents can bring recyclable items to Oasis where their dedicated workforce will sort through it and prepare for recycling. Oasis’ Elsies River protective workshop centre recently succumbed to severe fire. Oasis believes it was started by thieves, which forced the non-profit organisation to evacuate the premises. “It will take us about nine months to rebuild the centre and make it habitable again for the disabled workers. The donation from the IWMSA will help tremendously to rebuild our centre,” says Jagers.

For more information on Oasis Association and to donate, please visit www.oasis.org.za or contact 021-671-2698.

For more information on IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za or contact 011-675-3462.

South Africans urged to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste properly

World Environment Day (WED), the United Nation’s (UN) vehicle in promoting the importance of looking after the environment, annually takes place on 05 June. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) supports the views of the UN and its plight to reduce factors contributing to climate change. The growing environmental impact landfill sites have in South Africa needs to be addressed and every citizen can help reduce their environmental footprint.

This year’s theme for WED is Small Island Developing States and the growing impact climate change has on the world’s islands. In a statement* by the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, he mentions that all countries are urged to do their part in setting the planet on a sustainable path and to address climate change.

The most recent National Waste Information Baseline Report** indicates that South Africa generated approximately 108 million tonnes of waste in 2011 where 98 million tonnes were disposed of at landfills. Only 10% of all waste generated was recycled during that year. According to Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA, landfill gas is a general term that describes the gas produced during the microbial degradation of organic waste in a landfill. Landfills are among the biggest producers of methane, a gas which is 21 times worse than carbon dioxide in terms of its so-called greenhouse effect*** and is a contributing factor to climate change.

According to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory for South Africa****, conducted from 2000 – 2010 and published in 2014, the total greenhouse gas emissions from solid waste disposal on land increased with 72.3% over a ten year period from 2000 to 2010.  “Although the use of biogas from landfills to produce electricity is a good alternative to methane emissions in the environment, it should not be used to advocate landfilling as the best waste treatment option, since the present day trend is towards waste minimisation rather than towards waste disposal,” explains Oelofse.

“There are a number of ways citizens can proactively contribute to landfill waste minimisation. Firstly, people can start minimising organic waste generation. Food waste is one example of organic waste that can be minimised by recycling the packaging, giving away leftover food to the less fortunate and saving food before it spoils, for example making a hearty soup from leftovers. Secondly, citizens can compost organic waste, which is preferred over landfilling as it is an aerobic process that only releases CO2 and not methane as is the case at landfills. Thirdly, alternative technologies for organic waste management can be adopted, which include anaerobic digestion where waste decomposes in a controlled environment (reactor). The gas can then be collected and used as an energy source or converted to electricity.  Alternatively the gas can be flared off (burned) to convert methane to CO2, which is less harmful to the environment,” concludes Oelofse.

For more information about the IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za. IWMSA is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

* United Nations: http://www.unep.org/wed/messages/SG-WED-Message.asp#.U3Rm0_mSzS0

** Department of Environmental Affairs (2012). National Waste Information Baseline Report. Department of Environmental Affairs. Pretoria, South Africa.

*** Strachan et al. 2006

**** Department of Environmental Affairs: http://www.saaqis.org.za/filedownload.aspx?fileid=806

Striving for a green economy


Leading environmental media and sustainability company, alive2green, has confirmed yet another stellar line-up of conferences, seminars and public lectures for this year’s Sustainability Week, which will take place from 17 to 19 June 2014 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The City of Tshwane is this year’s host city and will participate in all seminars, dialogues, as well as the exhibition where it will launch Tshwane’s Green Outreach Programme which forms part of the greater Tshwane Green Economy Strategic Framework.

Delegates will be able to attend the prestigious Cocktail Function where the Tshwane Green Outreach Programme will be launched on 17 June 2014 – an event not to be missed! This hard hitting campaign is a two year awareness and educational programme aimed towards city residents and set to start in June 2014. Sustainability Week’s exciting three-day conference will also be opened by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, at the Green Building Conference on 17 June 2014.

The City of Tshwane’s Green Economy Strategic Framework which was approved by a Mayoral Committee in September 2013, is an eco-visionary’s masterpiece which encourages a resilient and resource-efficient city that creates jobs, stimulates economic growth and sustainable development. The City Sustainability Unit realised the need for an awareness programme to communicate the framework to the community in a simple yet thought provoking way, and so the Tshwane Green Outreach Programme was developed. The programme’s aim is to encourage residents to change their behaviours and lead sustainable lives. Delegates attending this year’s coveted Sustainability Week will be rewarded with knowledge and insight into this broad based policy and awareness programme.

Councillor Ramokgopa says that the city is well under way to achieving its Tshwane Vision 2055 which is: ‘By 2055, growth and development in Tshwane will be driven by an economy that supports a sustainable, vibrant, liveable and prosperous city, through integrated ecological, social, economic and spatial agendas that promote human and environmental wellbeing.’ Sustainable mass transportation systems, a non-motorised transport network, diversion of waste from landfills through a multi-waste management and recycling facility, and protection of natural resources are just some of the initiatives which have already gained traction in the implementation of Tshwane’s Green Economy.

“In order for South Africa to benefit from a Green Economy, such as the green vision of the City of Tshwane, communities and businesses should be properly informed about what is expected of them and how they can positively contribute to a greener South Africa,” says Gordon Brown, Director of alive2green. “Sustainability Week is a means to create greater awareness about the current adverse environmental situation in the country, and showcases best practices on how to change behaviour and adopt a more resource efficient approach to production and delivery of services.”

Sustainability Week and the City of Tshwane call on all South Africans to contribute to society by shifting towards a greener, more sustainable economy, one that provides for all citizens now and into the future.

“We are very excited to have the City of Tshwane on-board as the host city for Sustainability Week, to share their best practices and learnings for a better, greener and more sustainable society,” concludes Brown.

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

Learners from Nebo Primary School get a taste for water

Caption: Learners from Nebo Primary School in Ravensmead, Parow drink thirstily from their new water fountains.

Clean drinking water on the playground is a luxury for many learners. Even flushing a toilet and washing hands in a basin is often a challenge when necessary maintenance on amenities is not carried out due to the lack of funds. Local Parow school, Nebo Primary, was until recently also in dire need of repairs of their water system. Their wish for fresh water came true thanks to The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), who has installed two drinking water fountains and carried out much needed repairs on toilets, basins and drains.

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) partnered with Kleen-Kut Plumbers and Drain Cleaners through RAIN to help ensure that learners at Nebo Primary have access to sustainable, clean water and sanitation.

Corporate Communications Manager at PenBev, Denise Green says, “Helping to address Africa’s water scarcity issues through projects such as the one at Nebo Primary School is a critical part of our Corporate Social Investment initiatives. We have and will continue to invest in ensuring the learners of Nebo Primary School have the basic need met of access to running water.”

The school, which accommodates over 300 learners, is part of a broader initiative in South Africa called RAIN Water for Schools (RWS), which improves water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in 100 schools across all nine provinces.  RWS is just one of the 67 projects that RAIN has supported across 35 countries in Africa. To find out more about RAIN, please visit the link.

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.

About RAIN

In response to the severe water challenges faced by the nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) introduced the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in 2009. RAIN recognizes the water projects that The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its bottling partners have already supported on the continent (since 2005) and highlights TCCC’s new investment of US$30-million over six years (2010 to 2015) to water projects in Africa. RAIN aims to provide over 2 million people in Africa with access to clean water by the end of 2015. RAIN is a key contribution by TCCC to helping Africa achieve the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access.

Cape Town Business Coach voted top 100 in the world

Cape Town Business Growth Expert, Kathi Clarke – owner of Building Best Business – has been placed in the top 100 ActionCOACH Business Coaches in the world in the first quarter of 2014. 

Cape Town’s Kathi Clarke beat over 1 000 international Business Coaches to rank as a top performer in the Top 100 in the world. This achievement is all the more significant with ActionCOACH being recently awarded 58th place in Franchise Directs’ Top 100 Global Franchises and the number one business services “consulting” company / franchise in the world.

Clarke has been put through the paces for her achievement with the judging criteria including lead generation and conversion rate, number of new and existing clients, client retention, business earnings and more. Clarke comments, “Wow, coming from Africa and ending up in league with the best of Business Coaches has been a huge blessing – it reminds me again that with hard work and determination, we really can hold our own globally.”

Kathi was also one of 12 Business Coaches to receive international recognition and an annual award at the Annual EMEA (European, Middle East and Africa) Business Excellence Forum held in Brighton this year.  The award was in recognition for successful coaching of SME businesses and building a niched, consistently profitable business herself which as a Coach constitutes a role model for her SME clients.

Not only is Kathi achieving significance and recognition in her field, but more importantly her clients are thriving too:

● Three current and two former clients were nominated for Cape Town’s BWA Business Woman of the Year;

● One of her professional service clients received two national awards for excellence in their field;

● One of her conferencing/eventing clients scooped the coveted Summit 2014 tender award;

● 31 current clients experienced significant (between 15% and 602%) growth in profitability;

● Two expanded from their garage into international markets in the last 12 months;

● 53 jobs were created / filled in the last year;

● Two successfully exited their business

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 in 5 African countries, she returned to Cape Town in 2010 and has 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. Contact her if you’re a small business wanting to get bigger or a bigger business wanting to get better.

Change and transformation at the forefront for WasteCon2014

Delegates attending this year’s much anticipated waste management conference, WasteCon2014, will not be disappointed by the jam-packed programme and event exhibition. The conference hosted by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) will be taking place from 06 to 10 October 2014 at the picturesque Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Waste conscious organisations and individuals can still take advantage of the Early Bird rates which close on 31 May 2014. It’s a conference not be missed.

WasteCon2014, Africa’s largest waste management conference, is themed Wired for Waste: Value*Grow*Sustain. “Wired” implies that WasteCon2014, the IWMSA’s international conference, is well positioned to provide solutions and inspiration for change and transformation, with a multitude of specialists, nationally and internationally, sharing insights and lessons learnt. The goal of this multi-day conference is to re-energize change and offer solutions for debate in the waste industry.

One of the key attractions of the conference and exhibition is the wide range of exhibitors that will showcase their diverse waste management products and services, all playing an imperative part within the waste management industry. The exhibition will open on Monday evening, 06 October 2014, at Cavalli Estate close to Somerset West.

“We urge all waste conscious individuals and corporates to attend the conference. The calibre of exhibitors and speakers that have committed for WasteCon2014 is exceptionally high, which will play a vital part in educating attendees of the event. These exhibitors and speakers are key influencers within the waste management industry and we are very excited to see what great solutions they have for our industry as a whole,” says Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA.

For more information about WasteCon2014, and to register visit www.wastecon.co.za.

Waste wise KZN organisations to be recognised at this year’s IWMSA Waste Management Awards

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA) KwaZulu Natal Branch in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs are excited to announce the KwaZulu Natal IWMSA Waste Management Awards 2014. Organisations in the province are urged to enter this year’s awards before 30 May 2014 to be recognised as a respected waste conscious organisation.

The competition is open to general manufacturing and service industry organisations operating in the KwaZulu Natal area. The general manufacturing section allows two types of entrants, either less than 250 employees or more than 250 employees. Any organisation that offers a service, for example retail centres, hospitality businesses, housing estates or educational institutions are also encouraged to enter the competition. Organisations with more than one premise should enter separately and will also be judged independently.

“The KwaZulu Natal IWMSA Waste Management Awards is a platform where organisations can support effective waste management. We are thrilled to recognise organisations that are continuously practicing and promoting effective and responsible waste management within their industry,” says Dr. Susan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA.

Site visits and audits will be conducted from July to October 2014 by professional members of the IWMSA to determine who the winner is. After the judging has taken place, entrants can evaluate their waste management progress and whether to adapt the policies within their organisation.

Participants will be required to submit the company’s waste management or environmental policy statements, projects undertaken to address waste management and cost savings, example copies of safe disposal certificates from waste contractors, relevant training and community awareness raising programmes, any awards or commendations received by the company as well as any further information to assist in the audit.

For more information or to enter, please click here or call 031-564-2795.

For more information about IWMSA visit www.iwmsa.co.za. IWMSA is also on Facebook, Twitter and LindedIn.