Sustainability Week 17 – 19 June 2014, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria A more sustainable future awaits South Africans

Caption: Another stellar line-up of conferences, seminars and public lectures took place at this year’s Sustainability Week (17 to 19 June 2014), at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The Tshwane Green Outreach Programme was launched on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 as Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa (left), Executive Mayor of Tshwane, explained the city’s vision for 2055. Strategic Executive Director and Head of the Mayoral Sustainability Office, Dorah Nteo, (right) introduced TUKI, the programme’s mascot, at the Youth and Green Economy event held on Friday, 20 June 2014 at the Community Centre in Ga-Rankuwa.

The City of Tshwane was this year’s host city for Sustainability Week and on Tuesday, 17 June 2014, the city launched Tshwane’s Green Outreach Programme which forms part of the greater Tshwane Green Economy Strategic Framework. This hard hitting campaign is a two year awareness and educational programme aimed towards city residents. Councillor Ramokgopa introduced the city’s vision to be a low carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient city as well as the game-changing plans that are being put in place to realise this.

The City of Tshwane’s Green Economy Strategic Framework was approved by a Mayoral Committee in September 2013. The City Sustainability Unit realised the need for an awareness programme to communicate the framework to the community in a captivating way, so the Tshwane Green Outreach Programme was developed. The programme’s aim is to encourage residents to change their behaviours and lead sustainable lives. TUKI (short for ‘toekoms’, the Afrikaans word for future) was introduced as the official mascot for this awareness programme at the Mayoral Event and made a special surprise appearance at the Youth and Green Economy event at the end of the week.

“Green is the new gold”, said Dorah Nteo, Strategic Executive Director at the City of Tshwane, when introducing TUKI. “The flower that TUKI holds has different colour petals, each representing an aspect of our outreach and educational programme. The dark green petal stands for service delivery by the government to help make Tshwane a green city. The red petal represents communities; the light green, homes; the dark blue, business; the light blue, schools and the yellow represents ‘soul’ or individual actions that can be taken to help make the city of Tshwane sustainable. We aim to reach out to each petal to ensure that our city is well aware and equipped with the knowledge and information needed to make green decisions.”

The youth event welcomed speakers from the South African Weather Services, Green Talent, Green Peace and many others. Audience members were made aware of the causes and effects of global warming as well as what careers can now be pursued in green industries.

Speaking about the highlights of Sustainability Week, conference organiser and director at alive2green, Gordon Brown, comments, “This year’s Sustainability Week proved to be a wonderful platform for debate and sharing of new concepts and innovation. The calibre of speakers and exhibitors attested the high level of political will, expertise, technologies, products, and funding available for the advancement of the green economy in South Africa.”

For more information about the speakers at Sustainability Week please visit: http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/sustainability-week-2014-presentations/ or contact e-mail: info@alive2green.com  Tel: 021 447 4733

A stellar turn-out at the opening of Strand Moslem Primary’s new classrooms

Earlier this week saw the opening ceremony of Strand Moslem Primary’s four new classrooms, just before the holy month of Ramadaan. Learners, teachers and invited guests celebrated the monumental occasion.

Squeals of excitement from the learners of Strand Moslem Primary could be heard from the school gates as guests made their way to the opening ceremony of the school’s new classrooms on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. The school grounds was buzzing with activity as learners, teachers and invited guests alike eagerly awaited the start of the ceremony.

Guests were welcomed by the architect of the building and Master of Ceremonies, Graham Finlayson, a Rotary Club of Newlands member. An opening prayer by Imam Rhoda reiterated how fortunate we all are. As the school choir sang their beautiful school song, the morning sun warmed the attendees from head to toe.

The building project was made possible by the generous donation from Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) as well as the support from The Rotary Club of Newlands. Managing Director of the Forbes Group, Stuart McLeod inspired the crowd by reiterating the importance of education in growing a nation of future leaders. The Rotary Club of Newlands President, Menno de Wet, spoke about the inspirational work the organisation is involved in both locally and internationally of which the Strand Moslem Primary classrooms is just one such project. He also mentioned the organisations ethos in building closer relationships within communities and the importance of their relationship with PenBev.

The celebrations continued with beautiful poems spoken by the Grade 3’s and two Grade 7’s. School Principal Mr Fanie was overwhelmed with thanks for all those who attended the event and the sponsors of the new classrooms.

Fanie says, “We have been blessed with the support from our local community and sponsors who made this dream a reality. Their kindness and generosity will positively impact the lives of the learners for years to come.”

The four new classrooms now allow additional accommodation for 120 learners, and the Grade 4’s will take their place in the new double story building at the start of the third term.

PenBev’s Corporate Communications Manager, Denise Green, says, “It was a perfect day for the celebrations at the school and we thank Mr Fanie and his team for inviting and welcoming us to their school. We are so fortunate and proud to be able to contribute to the education of our youth by donating these classroom facilities.” This initiative is PenBev’s 27th major brick and mortar project over the past 27 years and forms part of their social initiatives which assist in uplifting the communities in which they operate in.

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 or visit www.newlands.org for projects that the Rotary Club of Newlands are involved with.

Mustadafin Foundation warms bellies and hearts at Cape Town’s Grand Parade

Caption: Mustadafin Foundation in partnership with Pick n Pay filled the bellies of 1200 street dwellers this past weekend in Cape Town’s CBD in celebration of the longest night. A hot meal of chicken, potatoes and rice was served with coffee and a warm blanket. The homeless enjoyed the festivities so much, there was even dancing involved!  

Spirits were high last Friday evening, 20 June 2014, when Mustadafin Foundation and Pick n Pay set up food and blanket distribution marques at Cape Town’s Grand Parade. Over a period of two hours, approximately 1200 hungry street dwellers were treated to a hot meal with coffee and a warm blanket through the “longest night” partnership initiative.

“Mustadafin Foundation recognises the need of those without homes in the community especially in the cold winter season and believes that all of us can make a difference in someone else’s life.  We would like to thank Pick n Pay for partnering with us yet again and making the night memorable for all those that are less fortunate,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.

For more information contact Mustadafin on 021-633-0010 or visit www.mustadafin.org.za. Join their Facebook page at 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.

Seven top tips to transform a crisis into an opportunity

Crises could strike an organisation at any time. If managed correctly, an organisation can use the event as an opportunity to sustain or build a positive reputation. It is crucial for all organisations to be prepared for any crisis or disaster in order to manage the effect thereof.

Lara de Stadler and Zydelia Kleinhans, Account Co-ordinators at Reputation Matters (PRISA PRISM Award Winners and TopSEO for 2012) who have recently completed their BCom Communication Management Honours degrees Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria, specialising in Crisis Communication, explain that each crises needs to be managed in a unique way but one aspect is always essential during a crisis, namely the need for effective communication.

Why is effective Crisis Communication so important?

The business landscape is changing and organisations are progressively moving towards better corporate governance and increased stakeholder inclusivity. The emergence of active consumers (accentuated by social media), who hold an organisation accountable for its actions, as well as the speed at which news travels via online platforms has increased the need for a timely response when an organisation finds itself experiencing a crisis.

De Stadler and Kleinhans share the top seven tips for effective crisis communication, invaluable to any proactive organisation, to transform a crisis into an opportunity:

1) PLAN AHEAD, BE PREPARED for the unexpected.

It’s Murphy’s Law, “whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way”, especially if you’re not prepared.

It is highly recommended for an organisation to identify any possible crises that could occur in the future. Strategic thinking and planning is essential and should be applied to all spheres of decision-making as all future outcomes need to be taken into account. Chaos reigns when a crisis unfolds, all affected stakeholders want answers and it is therefore imperative to be prepared and have a comprehensive crisis communication strategy in place before the crisis occurs. This will enable all internal stakeholders to know exactly who should communicate what to whom and at what time. The effectiveness of the plan should be tested. This can be done by practicing potential future crisis situations consisting of real-life scenarios and interviews with journalists in order to identify potential adjustments to be made to the plan.

When questions are asked, the best informed person about the crisis situation should be the one to communicate it. It is not necessary for every internal stakeholder to communicate about the crisis; there should be only one or two dedicated people who deal with the media so as not to relay a different message. It is, however, important to ensure that all internal stakeholders are able to communicate effectively with the media should a crisis within their field of expertise occur.  Media training is a great investment in crisis communication planning as it helps equip the team with media management skills, giving them credibility and authority. If a person of authority speaks to the media, it is a good indication of confidence, that the organisation does not have any hidden agendas and that it is taking the situation seriously by taking ownership. Never ‘mud sling’ or shift the blame - this will lead to more negative coverage and cause unnecessary arguments.

2) BE RESPONSIVE AND TIMELY -.Keep your stakeholders in the loop. Tell them all that you know and do it quickly – before they have an opportunity to jump to conclusions or search for other sources that may have incorrect information. Never keep quiet but don’t speculate or give unverified facts either. ‘No comment’ is a big no-no, and is in fact a comment! Rather state that you are investigating the situation and will provide information as soon as it is made available.

3) KEEP YOUR STAKEHOLDERS UPDATED – Be honest, open and transparent. Keep stakeholders informed about the crisis that is taking place and the various actions that are being taken. Engaging with stakeholders, especially during a crisis, could lead to positive long-term relationships with them. As far as possible, include stakeholders (especially employees) in the organisation’s decisions and the way forward – ask them for their inputs, and it will become a shared problem that they feel they need to help your organisation solve.

If used correctly, social media can be a great tool too, when engaging with stakeholders. However, one needs to be mindful that with the emergence of social media and the instantaneous power of online news platforms, a timely response is key. Active consumers weigh up an organisation’s reputation before making purchasing decisions. Should the organisation not respond in a timely manner, this could influence the buying behaviour or loyalty of these consumers.

4) STICK TO YOUR GUNS – Stay true to the company’s’ values, and vision and mission, especially when communicating during a crisis. Reiterate your corporate values, if these have been compromised during a crisis.

5) BE EMPATHETIC - Be sure to communicate that your organisation is invested in the correction and alleviation of the problem. The organisation needs to acknowledge that it is empathetic towards all stakeholders influenced negatively by the crisis and should apologise where relevant to gain trust back. Accordingly, stakeholders will be more open to accepting apologies from the organisation.

6) KEEP IT SIMPLE - The spokesperson for the organisation should not analyse or incessantly explain the situation. Using complicated terms and industry related jargon can confuse stakeholders and it will give the impression that the organisation is trying to hide the truth by being overly vague or complicated. Simple messages get the main points across and provide the best opportunity for being understood. It is also important to choose the right communication channels and adapt messages according to each stakeholder group in order to properly communicate with the stakeholders.

7) TAKE ACTION and make sure that the stakeholders know about it. An organisation should communicate their efforts to alleviate the problem and follow through. The same crisis should never occur in an organisation twice. It is important for an organisation to communicate to its stakeholders that it has learnt from the mistakes and is taking the necessary steps to prevent the same issue from occurring again.

For more in-depth tips and pointers about Crisis Communication, Reputation Matters is able to assist your organisation to develop a detailed crisis communication strategy. Reputation Matters also offers media training to equip organisations with the necessary tools to weather the unpredictable strike of a crisis storm and seize it as an opportunity.

For more information on managing and investing in your reputation, visit www.reputationmatters.co.za or call 021 790 0208. 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 nine 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.

Wells Estate Beach left spotless after World Environment Day clean-up

Approximately 230 learners from 15 schools in and around Port Elizabeth joined the World Environment Day beach clean-up festivities at Well Estate Beach. The educational initiative was part of The Go Green Climate Change Advocacy Programme – Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s (NMBM) environmental education initiative co-funded by the Department of Environment Affairs and the NMBM.

Squeals of excitement could be heard for miles as learners in the Nelson Mandela Bay were treated to a morning of fun, laughter and environmental education for World Environment Day. Leaners made their way to Wells Estate Beach where they were met by the Go Green roadshow and facilitator teams.

An informative talk about the Go Green campaign and the importance of looking after the environment was given by the Go Green team and after the educational session, learners were invited to hit the beach for the clean-up. Around 80 bags of litter were collected in an hour, leaving the beach spotless for residents and the public alike. The learners were provided with Go Green t-shirts, backpacks as well as a healthy lunch pack.  There were also prizes from the roadshow crew for the team that collected the most waste and also for those that could answer questions on the environmental messages that were relayed on the day.  The learners were very enthusiastic throughout the proceedings and the song item rendered by Loyiso High school – Enviro Day song as well as the poem rendered by Ndyebo High school enthralled all present at the Environmental Day celebrations as it reflected on the state of the environment and the key role each and every one has to play.  The message from Portfolio Councillor Ndlovu. “On this World Environment Day – we as the NMBM will ensure that we continue to play our role in raising our voices about climate change and thereby ensuring that we do not further contribute to the rising sea levels as per the theme of World Environment Day 2014 – “Raise your voice – not the sea level”.  The messages of the Go Green campaign are directly aligned to this theme and we need to ensure that we continue advocating these messages.  By involving you the youth / learners in this World Environment Day programme today we are hoping to empower young people and their communities to develop programmes and actions to address these serious socio-economic and environmental issues.  If we all take action today – we will ensure that we leave a positive legacy for our future generations.”

The schools that participated in the Wells Estate Beach clean-up were Littleflower Primary school, Uitenhage; Steven Nkomo Primary school, Uitenhage; Coega Primary School, Wells Estate; Ndyebo high school, Motherwell; Ikhwezelihle Primary school, Motherwell; Mzimhlophe Primary school, Zwide; Isaac Booi Primary school, Zwide; Mnqophiso Primary school, Zwide; Loyiso high school, Zwide; Chubekile high school, Kwa – zakhele; Qaphelani high school, Kwa – zakhele; Seyisi Primary school, Kwa – zakhele; Kwa – Ford Primary, New Brighton; Kleinskool  Primary school, Kleinskool; and Triomf  Primary school, Northern Areas.

For more information about the Go Green Climate Change Advocacy Programme, members of the public are invited to contact NMBM Communications.

About the Go Green Climate Change Advocacy Programme:

The programme seeks to:

  1. Raise awareness about climate change and service delivery issues related to water, energy, waste, hygiene, environmental well-being and sustainable transport;
  2. To enhance non-formal education programs through media, networking and partnerships;
  3. Build awareness of the causes and effects of climate change;
  4. Mobilize NMBM businesses, households and stakeholders to take action and change behaviour;
  5. Unite the Municipality with civil society to save the future by taking action of their behaviour now; and
  6. To mobilize NMBM residents to be the eyes and ears of the Municipality when illegal activities occur that impact communities and surroundings.

The campaign focusses on five key action themes:

  1. POWER WISEConserving Energy – emissions from coal-fired power stations and transport are the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Conserving electricity and switching to public transport is critical to achieving our mitigation goals.
  2. WATER WISEConserving Water – South Africa is a water scarce country, and our fresh water resources are under stress. Climate Change will exacerbate this situation and conserving water is a vital tactic for making the country more climates resilient.
  3. WASTE WISEReduce, reuse and recycle waste – minimization and proper management of our wastes both reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves forests, which absorb carbon dioxide.
  4. POLLUTION WISE – Air and water pollution management – We need to ensure clean air / water and to maintain the air / water quality for future generations. This is done by monitoring the environment, controlling the release of air / water pollutants, giving advice and taking action against those who pollute.
  5. CONSERVATION WISEPlant indigenous trees, start a vegetable garden – food gardens promote food security and poverty alleviation. Planting indigenous trees and clearing alien invader plants restores natural eco-systems and conserves water. Consume Responsibly – goods and services that are environmentally friendly and locally produced will usually have a lower carbon footprint than imported, and buying locally creates jobs.

Learners given tools to deal with peer pressure

Teens are faced with serious challenges on a daily basis. From gangsterism and drug abuse to cyber bullying and underage drinking; unfortunately our youngsters are not always equipped emotionally to stand up for themselves and realise their dreams when faced with these pressures from their peers.

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) has partnered with Life Talk to sponsor life skills and educational talks to previously disadvantaged Western Cape schools about the dangers of modern day temptation, and how to deal with these situations.

Over 130 Grade 7’s from St Augustine’s R C Primary School in Parow were recently treated to a talk by industry experts from Life Talk about the dangers of peer pressure at school. The learners, aged between 12 and 13, talked actively about the challenges they face in their everyday lives, and learnt a few techniques to help them deal with adverse situations in the future. The talk was hosted at PenBev’s Coke Zone, in Parow which is an auditorium dedicated to educational programmes.

Darren Sayster, PenBev’s School Co-ordinator of the Life Talk sessions comments, “We are concerned about the difficulties facing the youth of today – our future leaders, so we place great importance on conducting these educational programmes, to help the learners cope with peer pressure and to know how to deal with challenges that they may, or may not already have faced. We have offered these talks to schools in the previously disadvantaged areas of the Western Cape for the past 3 years and look forward to touching the lives of many youths in the future.”

During the talk, learners had to envisage who they wanted to be when they grew up (their goal person) and base all decisions on whether their actions will help bring them closer or further away from achieving this. Life Talk focusses on challenges such as peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, precarious information found on the Internet, chat room risks, sexual activities and gangs. The dangers of each of these were elaborated on and methods to overcome these issues were provided during the talk.

“We predominantly target pre-teen learners for the talk, before they reach the age where the real dangers in life are introduced to them. It’s important for us to make them comfortable to talk about these matters in an environment where no judgement is made,” says Natasha Swift, Life Talk’s Cape Town representative who conducts the talks.

After the talk, learners were given refreshments while listening to the history of the Coca-Cola Company, an overview of how the Coca-Cola production process works at the bottling plant, and how their favourite drink is made. The youngsters were also given a tour of the production plant at Peninsula Beverages.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za.

Local Sun Valley future soccer star heading to Brazil

Carl Van Rensburg (first row, fourth from the left) from Silvermine Academy High School in Sun Valley (near Noordhoek, Cape Town) celebrates for being selected as one of four players travelling to Brazil for the COPA Coca-Cola Brazil Camp in June later this year, thanks to his incredible soccer talent.  

Competition was fierce amongst South Africa’s young soccer stars as players across all nine provinces from school soccer teams battled it out during the COPA Coca-Cola 2013 season to be recognised as one of South Africa’s future soccer heroes in the tournament. After months of spectating and reviewing the young sporting enthusiasts, only four were selected to attend the COPA Coca-Cola Brazil Camp 2014 from 10 – 15 June 2014.

15 year old Van Rensburg along with his three other travelling companions have been put through their paces since being selected for  the trip to Brazil. A rigorous programme of fitness training sessions, lectures on nutrition, sports science tests as well as insight training on media and social media among others by former Bafana Bafana legend Helman Mkhalele, was all in preparation for the trip.

The jam-packed six day Camp includes training sessions, a course about Brazilian football, a ‘white party’ and their own soccer tournament. The highlight of the trip is attending the opening match of the FIFA World Cup where the host country Brazil takes on Croatia.

Van Rensburg will travel with fellow soccer camp winners Khulekani Kubheka from Clapham High School in Pretoria, Luyanda Mdlalose from Orlando High School in Gauteng and Ndlozi Ndaba from School of Excellence in Gauteng.

COPA Coca-Cola is known as one of the best platforms for talent identification in South African football development structures. The aim is to create the world’s largest and most inclusive football grassroots program. Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local Western and Northern Cape bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products) is tasked with implementing the COPA Coca-Cola tournament in the Western Cape. PenBev’s Corporate Communication Manager, Denise Green comments, “We invest in our local young sporting talent to help them reach their goals and dreams. We hope that with our support, South Africa’s rising stars are given the chance to shine.”

Coca-Cola Amateur Soccer Cup kicks off in time for World Cup Soccer fever

World Cup Soccer fever is hitting the globe in the lead up to the games in June this year, and Cape Town is celebrating with its own soccer tournament! The Coca-Cola Amateur Cup recently launched with over 750 soccer teams which have been given the opportunity to show off their sporting skills over the next five months. The first game was played on 18 May 2014 and the finals will take place in October 2014, venue to be confirmed.

In its 19th year, the Coca-Cola Amateur Cup brings together a pool of local soccer talent and future soccer stars. The annual event is Peninsula Beverage Company’s (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) biggest sporting sponsorship of the year which supports local communities. PenBev’s Marketing Activation Manager, Dan Davis elaborates, “Investing in growing local talent in Western Cape communities is what it is all about. We are very fortunate to be able to give back to those communities who have supported us over many years and we look forward to seeing Cape Town’s soccer talent come to life – let the games begin!”

The Coca-Cola Amateur Cup is managed by Cape Town’s South African Football Association (SAFA); PenBev will be refreshing consumers and players at most of the games, keeping the teams motivated and hydrated.

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Expert – Inge Kotze at Sustainability Week

Caption: This year boasts the inaugural annual Food Security Seminar, which forms part of Sustainability Week taking place from 17 to 19 June 2014 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. Leading environmental media and sustainability company, alive2green, has confirmed a stellar line-up of experts in the field of food security as part of the three day conference. Introducing World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa’s (WWF-SA) Agriculture and Food expert, Inge Kotze (above).

Environmental enthusiast, Inge Kotze, has eighteen years of experience in the field of biodiversity research, conservation planning and environmental management. Her impressive credentials as the Senior Manager of WWF-SA’s Sustainable Agriculture Programme and winner of the International Green Personality of the Year in the UK Drinks Business Awards, speaks volumes about the calibre of experts confirmed to speak at the Food Security Seminar on 19 June 2014 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Three years ago, Kotze became the Senior Manager of WWF-SA’s Sustainable Agriculture Programme, where Nedbank is the sponsor and key partner. The programme focuses on sustainable agriculture, with partnerships in the sugar, wine, fruit and livestock industries. This extensive programme is a new, national addition at WWF-SA and was developed by Kotze herself.

As the threat of climate change grows and rainfall patterns are affected, the question of food security becomes a practical and real concern. Kotze spent ten years as an Environmental Researcher at the CSIR in the Biodiversity Research Group and eight years implementing research and conservation plans within key business sectors. She will be sharing insights into enhancing food security through case studies in agricultural best practices insights at the seminar. Not only will she share her unique experience at the conference, but she will explain how to adapt and use the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and natural resource management to South Africa’s benefit.

Gordon Brown, Director of alive2green comments, “As hosts of the Food Security Seminar, we are honoured to welcome experts such as Inge Kotze to speak and contribute thoughts to the formulation of the best course of action for South Africa when it comes to food security.”

“At Nedbank we endeavour to integrate sustainability into every aspect of how we work and who we are. As the green bank, that started its Sustainability journey almost 25 years ago, partnering with Sustainability Week was an opportunity for all South Africans – individuals, business, government, civil society and communities – to debate and discuss the issues that collectively affect us. This ranges from food security, water stewardship and conservation, renewable energy, waste management and more sustainable living. As a corporate citizen in South Africa we believe that companies who operate sustainably are not only able to reap significant rewards themselves, but also  contribute toward a more sustainable planet,” says Masada Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank.

Kotze is one of four Nedbank affiliated experts speaking at Sustainability Week. Among them are Marco Lotz (Energy Seminar, 18 June 2014) and Brigitte Burnett (Green Business Seminar, 19 June 2014).

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