7th SA Innovation Summit a huge success

Caption: A highlight of the SA Innovation Summit was the CEO panel debate (left) with Professor Francis Petersen (University of Cape Town), Bhaskar Ramani (General Electric), Frik Landman (University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development Ltd) and Thabo Molekoa (DuPont). Right is the winner of the Inventors’ Garage competition, Thato Kgatlhanye, with her repurposed solar energy school bags.

Over 700 innovators, investors and scholars flocked to the Cape Town Stadium recently where this years’ three day SA Innovation Summit proved a huge success! Over 650 additional delegates from all over Southern Africa watched the seminars from video streams. The creativity and ingenuity of local innovators was outstanding with 19 inventors exhibiting their designs at the Inventors’ Garage competition, 34 pitchers pitching their creations, businesses and ideas at the Pitching Den competition, and 45 speakers hosting informative workshops and seminars.

The winner of the Inventors’ Garage competition epitomised what the Summit was all about – Thato Kgatlhanye created a school backpack which brings together recycling, solar energy and a better learning environment for school children. “Made from 100% plastic shopping bags and fitted with a Consol solar jar lid that charges in the sun, learners can carry their books in a sturdy eco-friendly schoolbag, which later provides light for the learner to study after dark. There is a safety and visibility element too as the integration of retro-reflective material increases visibility of children to motorists while walking to school,” says the creator Thato. The impressive local design was awarded R15 000 and we may see the invention on the backs of learners soon.

Another highlight of the Summit was the Pitching Den competition which played out to a panel of judges as 34 local inventors and entrepreneurs took to the stage to pitch their remarkable creations. Taking first prize was Clear Sky Energy, a breakthrough waste to energy technology which dramatically reduced emissions. The unique patented vortex offers waste to energy plants that are cost-effective and highly efficient, while boasting a small footprint and negligible emissions. The design took home R15 000 in prize money to help fund its production as well entry to an applied innovation strategy course.

The heat was on at the CEO panel debate as prominent members from DuPont, General Electric, University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (Ltd) discussed the policies needed for innovative businesses to thrive: the link between profit and science and technology. The discussion found that as most innovations are founded on key research and development knowledge, more high-level skills are required.  As government is a key partner in the innovation landscape, their role in providing an enabling regulatory environment to stimulate innovation, is critical.

The Summit concluded with a vibrant youth day programme where over 300 leaners attended workshops on innovation and creativity. The Spark Lab exhibition area was transformed into a playful dance floor with learners taking centre stage with interactive sessions.

Cape Town experienced the SA Innovation Summit for the first time this year, and it is confirmed to return to the Mother City next year, so watch this space…

For more information about the Innovation Summit, visit www.innovationsummit.co.za. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/SA-Innovation-Summit/437276049688385 and follow up on Twitter @innovsummit.

Topical issues up for debate at WasteCon 2014

Are South African businesses and municipalities ready to make sustainable waste management decisions? The new National Environmental Management Waste Amendment Act, Act 26 of 2014 (NEMWAA 2014) published on 02 June 2014, is facilitating a shift towards new developments and better processes in the industry – something all organisations should be aware of. At this year’s leading waste management conference in Africa, WasteCon 2014, taking place from 06 – 10 October at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, pertinent issues relating to the new Act, structures and the impact it has within the South African economy and landscape will be a core focus.

WasteCon 2014 will be hosting key industry-related workshops during the five-day event at this critical waste management conference. One of these sessions will be the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA),  who will reporting on the National Environmental Management Waste Amendment Act, Act 26 of 2014 (NEMWAA 2014) during their session on 09 October 2014. NEMWAA 2014 will be covered extensively during this session giving government the opportunity to report back on the Act.

Mark Gordon, Deputy Director-General: Chemicals and Waste Management, Kgauta Mokoena, Chief Director: Chemicals and Waste Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation and Anben Pillay, Director: Waste Policy and Information Management, will lead this thought-provoking two-hour session. The workshop will give delegates the chance to familiarise themselves with the new Act set in motion earlier this year. This must-attend workshop will give an overview of NEMWAA 2014, the new pricing strategy, the Waste Management Bureau and the NEMWAA 2014 Regulations and Implementation Guide.

“During this specific workshop delegates will have the chance to understand the rationale for the amendment and new inclusions. They will also have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the process of implementing the pricing strategy and the Amendment Act,” says Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).

The various other WasteCon 2014 workshops that delegates can look forward to are:

  • The Department of Environmental Affair’s (DEA) Advanced Integrated Solid Waste Technologies in South Africa workshop (08 October 2014)
  • GreenCape’s Green Economy workshop (08 October 2014)
  • The Social Enterprises and Co-operatives workshop (08 October 2014)
  • The Essential Facts of Waste Legislation workshop (08 October 2014)
  • PETCO’s Spotlight on Plastic Collection and Recycling workshop (09 October 2014)
  • DEA Reporting Session workshop (09 October 2014)

Another key attraction at WasteCon 2014 is the local keynote address by Jenny Cargill, Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Government with specific focus on the Green Economy. “We are very excited to have Jenny Cargill as our local keynote speaker who will address resource efficiency as the priority choice. Her knowledge on the subject will provide delegates with valuable insights, making WasteCon 2014 a must on this year’s environmental calendar,” says Oelofse.

For more information about WasteCon 2014, and to register, visit www.wastecon.co.za.

To view the programme, visit http://www.wastecon.co.za/WasteCon_Final_Programme.pdf.

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


Jenny Cargill is the author of the book, Trick or Treat: Rethinking black economic empowerment, and a protagonist in the award winning film on the struggle against apartheid, Memories of Rain. She also founded the think tank, BusinessMap SA, which monitored the economic transition as South Africa sought to integrate into the global economy; and specialized in black economic empowerment investments.

Can you afford to miss this years’ SA Innovation Summit? Here’s what’s in store… 16 – 18 September 2014, Cape Town Stadium

The 7th annual South African (SA) Innovation Summit is SA’s premier innovation event of the year and brings together thought leaders and practitioners in the field of innovation to showcase success stories, share lessons learnt, connect with peers, be inspired by those who keep on moving and practice by doing…innovation! This year, the event is in Cape Town for the first time!

The SA Innovation Summit forms part of World Design Capital (WDC) Cape Town 2014, an international city promotion project that celebrates the merits of design and highlights the accomplishments of cities. This years’ theme, ‘Local Innovation, Global Conversation’, showcases South Africa’s wealth of creativity, originality and ingenuity of developing solutions for unique challenges.

Here is what is in store during the three day event:


16 – 18 September 2014  

Throughout the three day Summit, the Spark Lab is the central hub where inventors and innovators share their creations at the exhibition stands. Inventors’ Garage finalists exhibit the designs which awarded them the final places in the competition, and the Pitching Den stage showcases the wealth of local innovation in SA during the judging competition. Fragrant food stalls feed the hungry crowd, and escape from the buzzing atmosphere can be found in the chill zone.  This is open for the public to walk in and enjoy from 9:00 to 16:00 every day. On the 18th we will close at 14:00


Tuesday 16 September 2014

The event starts at 07:30 where attendees register and mingle, and Master of Ceremonies (MC) Talia Sanhewe welcomes guests at 08:30. The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille gives an overview of the enabling environment of innovation in SA at 09:00.

Seminars – 09:30-10:50

The opening ceremony ends at 09:30, and the first speaker of the day, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town Mr. Chris Whelan, talks about how to create a system of innovation from a business perspective, until 10:00. A Q&A follows, and then the second speaker of the day, General Manager of Design Thinking SABS Mr. Gavin Magni talks about the challenge of how to take local entrepreneurs to global greatness through design thinking from 10:20 to 10:50.

The talk is followed by a coffee break, then it’s workshops workshops workshops!

Workshops – 11:20-12:45

There are seven workshops running simultaneously from 11:20 to 12:45 under four headlines being Entrepreneurial / Policy / Business Innovation / Academic.


Wesgro panel discussion – How to grow a small R5 million business into a mid-size global R50 million business. The interactive panel discussion will enrich attendees’ lives with pointers on how to move from a basic business plan and strategy to one with unlimited possibilities from some of the country’s foremost business minds. The workshop is moderated by Wesgro’s CEO Mr. Nils Flaatten and other participants include Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), MC Saatchi, Spoor & Fisher and Keet van Zyl from Knife Capital.


Dr Erold Noamab from the University of Namibia explains what open innovation is doing for the region of Namibia, Zambia and Mosambique. Peter Greenwall entertains with his insights about the vortex of innovation.

Business Innovation

Mr. Kevin McCaffrey, Tr3Dent – How to take a business’ data to the third dimension.

Dimitri Markoulides, BMGI – The benefits of structured innovation.


Mr. Dov Paluch, Managing Director (MD) of Catalyst Research Solutions – Innovation incentives in SA; what is available and is the Government doing enough.

Dr. Carla Enslin, Vega School of Brand Leadership – Schooling teachers and learners by design.

Dr. Ron Beyers, Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa – Developing future leaders in innovation.

Seminar – 13:45-14:15

After lunch, Mrs. Patricia Gouws from UNISA talks about innovation in community engagement from 13:45 to 14:15. The talk is followed by eight more workshops in Entrepreneurial / Policy / Business Innovation / Academic.

Workshops – 14:30-15:30

Eight knowledgeable speakers keep attendees riveted with various talks about innovation.


Professor Wilma Viviers and Martin Cameron, North West University – A tool to assess the size of the market for a product.

Justin Coetzee, MD of Go Metro – My journey to raise venture capital for business growth.


Mr. Jukka Matikainen, New Factory Tampere in Finland – Innovation in New Factory.

Mr. Sybert Liebenberg, East London Science and Technology Park – A programme that accelerates innovation in the Eastern Cape.

Business Innovation

Dr. Rolan Christian, Square Peg Innovation – Lessons learnt from applying an agile innovation approach to product development in a SA start-up.

MosambiqueMr. Arthur Lenk, Israeli Ambassador – How Israel’s innovative experience is relevant for Africa.


Wouter Grove, University of the Western Cape – Competencies for the successful use of digital gaming in building digimodern leadership.

Puleng Makhoalibe, University of Cape Town – Design thinking as a catalyst for a culture of innovation in project management.

Seminar – 16:00-17:00

The day concludes with the highlight of the day, the MD of Siyaxusa Investments, Siya Xusa’s seminar titled ‘Journey to Jupiter, unleashing disruptive innovation’ from 16:00 to 17:00. The journey to Jupiter talk is a personal journey about Siya’s experiences in innovation from making rocket fuel in a kitchen in Mthatha, to high performance fuel cells in labs at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At only 25 year old, Siya has had some significant achievements. He was awarded first place at the 2007 Intel Science and Engineering Fair – the world’s largest youth innovation fair, and in 2008, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory named a minor planet “Siyaxuza”, found near the Jupiter asteroid belt, in his honour.


Wednesday 17 September 2014 

As if day one wasn’t enough with its stellar line-up and thought-provoking workshops and seminars, day two is just as extraordinary!

Seminars – 09:00-10:15

The day begins with two exceptional speakers. Ms. Helen Bührs is the MD of Inscape Education Group and talks about quality and unique thinking at Inscape Design College from 09:00 to 09:30, followed by the CEO of NicSocks, Nicholas Haralambous’ seminar about manufacturing and e-commerce, the online / off-line marriage.

Workshops – 10:45-12:00

More tantalizing workshops take place from 10:45 to 12:00 under the Entrepreneurial / Policy / Business Innovation / Academic banners.


Alex Fraser, CEO of Stonetree – SA as an innovation hub.

Ms. Christine Strutt, Von Seidels – IP protection, local innovation with a global mindset.


Cor Schutte, Transport for Cape Town – Reducing the cost of access in Cape Town by doing things differently.

Dr. Anneline Chetty, Ethekwini Municipality – Innovation and enterprise development at Ethekwini Municipality.

Business Innovation

Andrew Purnell, NNC Environmental Services – NNC as a case study.

Tasos Calantzis, SABS Design Institute, Design as the glue for commerce

Mr. Isaiah Engelbrecht, Innoworxx – Pathways to success:  from idea to market, book launch.


Mr. Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Skopus Business Consultants – Dealing with the innovation crisis: re-thinking the entrepreneurial university.

James Ondari, Vaal University of Technology – Anaerobic degradation of pre-treated abattoir wastewater in an USB reactor.

Seminars – 12:00-14:30

The highlight of the day is the CEO panel debate from 12:00 to 13:00. The panel members explore some of the challenges that CEO’s face about innovation in the South African business environment. It also explores conducive legislation to innovate in SA and the importance of Intellectual Property to defend territories. CEO’s from DuPont, General Electric and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development Ltd tackle the theme: The connection between science and profit. Dr Francis Petersen from the National Advisory Council of Innovation (NACI) is the Panel Moderator.

The next informative seminar is given by the CEO of Innovation Shack, Charles Maisel who discusses a full system approach to innovation with success case studies at 14:00 to 14:30.

Workshops – 14:40-15:40

The Summit’s last eight workshops take place at 14:40 to 15:40.


Patrick Schofield, Thundafund.com – Crowdfunding for innovative and creative start-ups.

Mr. Veda Sunasee, African Leadership Academy – Model to idea incubation for African youth.


Lu Marie Sobey, Syneticsworld – Think, plan, ACTION: Three steps to powerful SA innovation.

Business Innovation

Mr. Gysbert Kappers, Wyzetalk – Every business needs to be innovative, but not every business taps into the source of inspiration.

Kenneth Miya, Goll Innovation and Media Company – Goll Efrubot, Ecitrus, Enotifiii, Evision, Eworksop and Ecube


Andrea Bolnick, Ikhayalami – The rationale and trajectory of ‘re-blocking.’

Dr. Kit Vaughan, CapeRay Medical (Pty) Ltd – A novel engineering design for early diagnosis of breast cancer.

Nora Rasenti, Environmental Exchange – Environmentally friendly technology.

The second day of the Summit wraps up with a final act and prize giving for the Pitching Den, Inventors’ Garage and exhibition spaces from 16:20 to 17:00.


Thursday 18 September 2014

The third day of the Summit is dedicated to the youth from 10:00 to 14:00 where students are invited and encouraged to interact at the Spark Lab, share knowledge and spread ideas of innovation. 8 dedicated 1/2 hour sessions will be fun and learn workshops focused on the youth of tomorrow. All youth welcome.

For more information about the Innovation Summit, visit www.innovationsummit.co.za. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/SA-Innovation-Summit/437276049688385 and follow up on Twitter @innovsummit.

Geared towards a cleaner and healthier environment

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has appointed the new committee that will serve their respective branches for the next two years. The newly elected council members have updated the IWMSA’s vision and mission statements with the main objective of working together for a clean and healthy environment and urges all South Africans to do the same.

Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) says, “The reason why we have updated the vision and mission statements are to ensure that we stay relevant and align ourselves with international and national trends in waste management. The IWMSA’s new vision is ‘a clean and healthy environment’ as we believe that all individuals, businesses and municipalities should position themselves to protect the environment and not break it down.”

The most significant change in the IWMSA’s mission is the inclusion of ‘promoting the value of waste as a resource’. Too many valuable resources end up in landfills that could have been re-used. The IWMSA plans to continue educating their members as well as private sector organisations and government agencies on proper waste disposal practices through their accredited and non-accredited training portfolios.

Another exciting development is the re-establishment of IWMSA chapters in neighbouring countries. Interest was received from Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Oelofse says that this is a very important opportunity, especially for businesses operating in these areas, to support and educate proper waste management practices.

“The waste industry is continuously changing, especially with the new National Environmental Management Waste Amendment Act, Act 26 of 2014 that has been published on 02 June 2014. We will have an in-depth session on the new act at WasteCon 2014 where government will report back on the changes and how it affects implementation. We call on all South Africans to join us at the conference to remain relevant and up-to-date on how important integrated waste management is,” concludes Oelofse.

The IWMSA is a non-profit organisation comprising a body of dedicated professionals in their respective fields, who give freely and voluntarily of their time and expertise in order to effectively educate, promote and further the science and practice of waste management.  For more information, visit: www.iwmsa.co.za. The IWMSA is also on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Soccer legend Neil Tovey trains three schools in the Western Cape

Caption: Neil Tovey shows the young soccer enthusiasts of Table View High School (left), Symphony High School (centre), and Muizenberg High School (right) how it’s done in a gruelling training session which got hearts racing and legs moving.

Soccer teams from Table View High, Muizenberg High and Symphony High were treated to an epic training session with former South African soccer hero, Neil Tovey. The three Western Cape schools were one of eleven soccer schools around the country to win a Powerade Performance Session with Tovey as part of the Powerade Collect a Cap competition.

The Powerade Collect a Cap competition that ran in 59 enabled soccer playing schools from around the country to collect as many Powerade bottle caps as possible to stand the chance to host a training session with the well-known player.

The gruelling two hour training sessions lay the foundation for future soccer stars to shine as Tovey demonstrated and stressed the importance of accuracy and speed. The learners were tested even more by the weather with pools of water littering the fields and soccer uniforms soaked to the bone, but that didn’t stop the enthusiastic teams eager to impress.

Marketing Activation Manager, Dan Davis at Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products, which includes Powerade, in the Western and Northern Cape) says, “I’m proud of our three Western Cape schools for their dedication to the competition and I understand the boys excitement about being given the opportunity to learn from such a talented coach. We at PenBev are incredibly proud to be able to contribute to the active healthy living of learners through our involvement in sport and sports development.”

“Powerade believes that by providing informative and interactive experiences like these to sportsmen, their passion for the game of soccer will be focused on a great future in the game,” explained James Maclachlan, IMC Marketing Assets Manager of Coca-Cola South Africa.

“We recognise that there is power in every game and through the Powerade Schools Programme, born sportsmen will be exposed to information and various means of training that will have long term benefits to their success,” Maclachlan concluded.

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

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

Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company products 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 20 September 2014. PenBev will again set the example by cleaning up Milnerton Beach, at the Lighthouse, 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 Sinenjongo High School in the disadvantaged community of Joe Slovo Park, at the Sunset Beach clean-up on Saturday 20 September 2014.

The festivities begin at 08:30 when the learners will arrive at the beach and receive 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 2013, a total of 55 791 857 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 2014 – http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/2014-ocean-trash-index.html