Empowering women and children for 16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism officially kicked off on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 and Mustadafin Foundation will actively take part to help end violence and empower women and children in the Cape Town community. The non-profit organisation will be working closely with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to create awareness. This year’s theme is ‘Peace Begins at Home: End Violence! Empower Women!’

As part of their annual support of the campaign, Mustadafin Foundation has set up five programmes and activities that will focus on social, health and safety issues that affect disadvantaged Cape Town communities.

The activities commenced on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 – International Day of No Violence against Women. The South African Medical Research Council in August 2012* shared shocking statistics that intimate partner violence was the leading cause of women homicide victims at a staggering 56%. Domestic violence was the theme of the day and the Foundation partnered with the SAPS to distribute pamphlets and host talks with the community on how violence against women and children affects homes and communities.

On International Day for the Disabled (Wednesday, 03 December 2014), the second activation will take place in Mitchells Plain where the Foundation will create awareness about abuse and violence against people with disabilities. “Not only is there a social crisis of gender-based violence, but more and more disabled people are victims of horrific crimes and abuse in their communities. On this day, communities will be educated and encouraged to protect people with disabilities. At Mustadafin Foundation, we want to turn the disabilities into capabilities,” explains Ghairunisa Johnstone, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.

With World Aids Day coming up on Monday, 01 December 2014, Mustadafin Foundation has organised a community activation by invite in Swartklip, which will take place on Thursday, 04 December 2014. World Aids Day and violence against women and children will be the main discussion.

On Monday, 08 December 2014 the fourth activation will take place in Delft and Tafelsig. “Together with the SAPS, we will distribute pamphlets relating to issues of abuse (particularly child abuse), drugs, human trafficking and rape. The aim of this campaign is to highlight the abuse women and children face within their homes and communities. There is a rise in rape and the disappearance/kidnapping of children and women in our neighbourhood. We are very passionate about this campaign as we believe that every household and community should enjoy peace and security. As the theme suggests, peace begins at home,” shares Johnstone.

Johnstone raised the fact that violence against women is becoming an epidemic in South Africa. The SAPS will continue to motivate community members to report all domestic and violent crimes and not feel intimidated by perpetrators, and work together as a community to minimise crime.

South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day in March but the world celebrates this day annually on 10 December as it marks the end of 16 Days of Activism. “Mustadafin Foundation will end this period on a positive note on Thursday, 11 December 2014 where issues and risks will be discussed with children at Mnandi Pool, Mitchells Plain. There will also be a surf walk with placards relating to violence and abuse in Delft, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Montrose Park and Tafelsig,” concludes Johnstone.

Victims of any kind of abuse need to report these acts immediately and seek help.

For more information on any of the programmes or to donate, please contact Mustadafin Foundation on 021-633-0010 or visit their website at www.mustadafin.org.za. Join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation.

*Source:  http://www.mrc.ac.za/policybriefs/everyeighthours.pdf

Festive celebrations for young ones at Holy Cross Children’s Home

Caption: Holy Cross Children’s Home in Parow came alive with young ones’ laughter, joy and dance when Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) treated them to a festive party to remember.

Energy levels were high at Holy Cross Children’s Home last Friday (12 December 2014) when Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) celebrated the festive season with the youngsters. The festivities kicked off with music and dance before even more treats from the PenBev team.

It was a party the 37 children aged two to 18 years would never forget as they were spoiled and pampered with party packs, personalised gifts, beverages, cupcakes and of course song and dance. There was even a big jumping castle to make their day extra special.

PenBev chose Holy Cross Children’s Home, which is right on their doorstep, as their annual Corporate Social Investment (CSI) festive season party project. “The festive season is such a unifying time of year and we are grateful to have spent the day with the children. Holy Cross Children’s Home is doing exceptional work in our community and it’s been fantastic working with them to make the children’s day exceptional,” says Denise Behrens, Corporate Communication Manager at PenBev.

The children’s home has been in operation since 1918 and serves as a care centre for youth who have been orphaned, neglected, abandoned or those who have been admitted for temporary care. Manager at Holy Cross Children’s Home, Sister Cheryl-Anne Ziervogel, says, “We would like to thank the PenBev team for bringing joy into the children’s lives and for making it a day of celebration.”

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

For more information about Holy Cross Children’s Home contact them on 021-934-6435.

Photographer: Craig Wilson

Fanta turned up the beat at Glendale Secondary School

Caption: Fanta transformed Glendale Secondary School in Mitchells Plain into a buzzing playground of local music talent on Thursday, 11 December 2014 after the school won the Fanta Collect a Cap competition in the Western Cape region. The Fanta Turn-Up 2014 Experience was a massive success with prominent South African rapper, K.O (left) making an appearance – and what a gift it was, just in time to kick off the school holidays.

Glendale Secondary School was the proud winner of the Fanta Collect a Cap competition in the Western Cape after they collected 1714 caps during 2014. The reward for their efforts was a day filled with dance as the Fanta Turn-Up 2014 Experience made their way to the school grounds. Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributer of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) was there to keep the teenagers refreshed and entertained.

The students were spoiled from beginning to end, receiving an ice cold Fanta and Fanta Snap Back cap on arrival. Fanta triggered their imagination with a giant orange entrance tunnel complete with funny mirrors and a wall of bubbles.

The excitement didn’t stop there as BMX tricksters showed off their skills with jaw dropping stunts. The festivities continued with human beat boxing and the talented Fanta Dance Crew entertaining the young audience. DJ Whiskey, DJ Shimza and Afrikaans Ruk were also there to keep the beats flowing.

“Through this activation, we want to emphasise our support for local talent and community engagement, and we hope this is a great start to the students’ holiday season where they can put their books away and enjoy some time with loved ones,” says Jocelyn Davis, Education and Sports Sales Manager at PenBev.

To join the conversation, share what #FantaTastesLike to you. Follow @Fanta and use #FantaTastesLike.  Fanta is also on Facebeook at https://www.facebook.com/Fanta.

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.

Think green this festive season

The festive season is just around the corner and consumers are racing to supermarkets to stock up on delicious foods and goodies just in time for this unifying time of year. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) shares a few guidelines on how to be an ‘eco-reindeer’ by setting up waste separation facilities over the holidays.

“There are many benefits that come with recycling and separating waste at source. These benefits range from reducing pollution, conserving natural resources and saving landfill airspace so that landfill sites can last longer,” shares Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).

“Separating waste at source will help you and your family curb the wasteful festive season habit as you enjoy your holidays. There are easy implementable steps you can follow at home throughout the year to help keep our country clean and green,” says Oelofse.

Here are easy steps to get separation at source right the first time:

1. Use two different waste separation bins/containers

“Separation at source does not have to be a tedious task. You only need two containers in your home that you and your family can use to separate your waste during the festive season and throughout the year. The first one should be used for wet waste, i.e. kitchen and food waste, which can be turned into compost very easily. The second one is for recyclable waste which includes cans, plastic, glass and paper,” guides Oelofse.

Recyclable hazardous waste such as electronic equipment, batteries and light bulbs should be taken to recycling stations that are available at most large retailers.  Only waste items that cannot be recycled or composted should be thrown in the municipal bin for collection.

2. Mark each container clearly

“It is important that you clearly mark the containers to make the separation activity easier and more fun, especially for the little ones. You can also colour code each container to make it enjoyable for the whole family,” recommends Oelofse.

3. Monitor the containers regularly

Keeping a close eye on the containers will help you reach your recycling goal of minimal waste to landfill sites and will also assist you in identifying wasteful products that were unnecessary to include on your shopping list. This will come in handy when drafting that shopping list, knowing which products are harmful to the environment.  If you live in an area that has a kerbside collection system for recycled items, put out your recycled goods for collection as regularly as possible to support the recyclers who require a constant supply for their business to function.

4. Donate recycled material to various collection sites in your community

“The convenience of having these containers is that you can use them for as long as you want, even after the festive season is over. Once you have filled the containers with your recyclable waste, donate what you have collected to various collection sites in your area,” suggests Oelofse. This will boost the economy of your community as a whole – something all of us should pursue!

“Waste can become a resource if separated correctly by individuals. Waste separation makes it easier for each type of waste to be recycled by recycling institutions, and it also assists municipalities when collecting our weekly waste,” concludes Oelofse.

If you want to start separating waste at source, visit www.mywaste.co.za and locate your nearest recycling depot. For more information on the IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za. The IWMSA is also on Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iwmsa). For more information on recycling and recovery, visit the National Recycling Forum’s website at www.recycling.co.za.

Eastern Cape organisations receive top green accolades

Caption: Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), Coega Development Corporation (CDC), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) Port of Ngqura, The Waste Trade Company and Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) walked away with the highest accolades at the Eastern Cape Top Green Organisation Awards. The awards, coordinated and sponsored by the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) and the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), took place in November at The Venue in Hemingways, East London. Above: Simon Zakhele from VWSA.

Every two years, organisations in the province are encouraged to participate in the Top Green Organisation Awards. The prestigious gala banquet was a resounding success with truly green companies receiving platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards.

Member of the Executive Council at the DEDEAT, Honourable Sakhumzi Somyo, explains, “The aim of these awards is to promote and recognise the achievements of organisations that comply with legislation and govern responsible environmental management practices in the Eastern Cape.  It also provides a hub for fostering better relationships between government, industry, business and other organisations.”

The President of the IWMSA, Dr Suzan Oelofse adds, “By competing, industries are enabled to tackle environmental management issues. This year’s entrants showcased excellent and innovative practices, resulting in maximising environmental resources while improving air quality, energy efficiency, water usage, and reducing, reusing or transforming waste into a resource.”

VWSA, winner of the large organisation with high environmental impact category, was applauded for their approach to cleaner production and the degree to which their environmental targets are directed to all areas in the business.

CDC and TNPA Port of Ngqura shared first place in the medium-size organisation with high environmental impact category. CDC was recognised for their processes to ensure tenants comply with permit requirements. Port of Ngqura was commended for their commitment to fauna and flora management as well as being a poison-free port.

The Waste Trade Company, winner of the medium-size organisation with medium environmental impact category, was acknowledged for their extensive school and community programmes, and dedication to environmental education.

UDDI walked away with first prize in the small organisation with low environmental impact category as a result of their impressive Eco Hub model. The Eco Hub model includes nursery incubation, vegetable and medicinal plant production, recycling of waste, compost making, arts and crafts.

Somyo says that the Top Green Organisation awards were essential in fostering and nurturing a progressive society that protects the unique Eastern Cape environment. “These awards are not centred on enforcement but rather to develop capabilities and demonstrate leadership as the hub of a green economy.”

“Through the partnership of the DEDEAT and the IWMSA’s Eastern Cape Branch, we are moving towards embracing the importance of environmental sustainability,” concludes Oelofse.

The judging process included a site visit and audit, which was conducted by DEDEAT and included an independent auditor.

There were four categories; the official list of winners included:

Large Organisation High Environmental Impact:

  • Winner and Platinum award - Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA)
  • Runner up (2nd place) and Platinum award – Mercedez Benz South Africa (MBSA)
  • Runner up (3nd place) and Platinum award – General Motor of South Africa (GMSA)
  • Certificate of participation and Gold award – Goodyear South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Medium Organisation High Environmental Impact:

  • Winner and Gold award - Coega Development Corporation
  • Winner and Gold award – Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Ngqura
  • Runner up (2nd place) and Silver award – Langkloof Bricks
  • Runner up (3rd place) and Silver award – East London IDZ SOC Ltd
  • Certificate of participation and Bronze award – Sunningdale Dairies

Medium Organisation Medium Environmental Impact:

  • Winner and Gold award – The Waste Trade Company
  • Runner up (2nd place) and Silver award – FloorworX Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Runner up (3rd place) and Silver award – CHEP South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Port Elizabeth)
  • Certificate of participation and Silver award – Ronnies Motors

Small Organisation Low Environmental Impact:

  • Winner and Bronze award – Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI)
  • Runner up (2nd place) and Bronze award – Kabega Primary School
  • Runner up (3rd place) and Bronze award – Stirling Primary School
  • Certificate of participation and Bronze award – Urban Gardens

For more information on the IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za. The IWMSA is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twiiter (www.twitter.com/IWMSA). For more information on the DEDEAT, visit www.dedea.gov.za.

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