WasteCon 2016: The changing face of waste management

Waste management in South Africa is changing. With the growing need for organisations to be more sustainable and incorporate responsible waste management practices, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) will yet again be at the forefront of helping organisations incorporate these practices with their flagship conference, WasteCon. The WasteCon 2016 conference and exhibition will take place from 17 – 21 October 2016 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng.

This year’s conference and exhibition marks the 23rd biennial WasteCon event and is the largest of its kind in Africa. “The IWMSA’s Central Branch is hosting the conference with the theme ‘The Changing Face of Waste Management’,” says Prof Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA.

By working towards more sustainable waste management practices, South Africa will see a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, extended lifespan of landfill sites and useful recycling and compost products that ultimately safeguards natural resources.

WasteCon 2016 will be a premier showcase of sustainable waste management solutions with topics such as: alternative waste treatment technologies; community-based waste collection; diversion versus minimisation; integrated waste facilities; the circular economy; and waste-to-energy, to name a few.

“National and international specialists will be present to share best practices and showcase innovation in the industry – making it a must for all individuals and organisations operating in the waste management field,” mentions Oelofse.

Submission of Abstracts

WasteCon 2016 welcomes the submission of abstracts for original contribution to the field. All submissions will go through a peer-review process and those selected will appear in full form in the abstract book, to be given to attendees at the conference. Online submissions are now open and close on Monday, 01 February 2016 (http://wastecon.co.za/abstracts.html)

For more information on WasteCon 2016, please visit www.wastecon.co.za.

For more information on the IWMSA visit www.iwmsa.co.za. The IWMSA is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA).

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Youngsters can help upgrade the ICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospital in Cape Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children can help make a difference to the lives of other children. The Sea Harvest Kids for Kids initiative, which runs annually from November to February, is now into its sixth year. A portion of the sales of selected Sea Harvest crumbed fish products* are donated to The Children’s Hospital Trust. To date R1.3 million has been donated by Sea Harvest to the Trust for a variety of projects at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

This year the Sea Harvest Kids for Kids initiative will help upgrade and expand the hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit (ICU), which is the largest ICU for children in Africa. Currently it has 22 beds for critically ill or injured children who come for specialised care and emergency surgeries from local areas and other African countries. The demands on this unit are higher than their capacity to deliver.

The Children’s Hospital Trust CEO, Louise Driver said, “There is a dire need to expand the ICU to accommodate up to 39 beds, which includes a 10-bed High Care Unit for neonatal patients and the establishment of eight isolation cubicles. It is not only the increased amount of beds that is essential, but also the provision of more space around beds to comfortably accommodate critical life-saving equipment. Thanks to donors like Sea Harvest we are able to fund important projects like this that ultimately help save children’s lives.”

Sea Harvest is South Africa’s leading black-empowered commercial fishing company that provides local, sustainably caught Cape Hake. Since 2010 Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids Initiative has donated funds to the Trust for various projects at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, including a Surgical Skills Training Centre, a General Medical Ward, a new Medical Imaging Complex, and a Childsafe Research and Educational Centre.

Sea Harvest Sales and Marketing Director, Konrad Geldenhuys, says, “We are delighted to be working with The Children’s Hospital Trust, and are looking forward to helping them raise money for the much needed expansion of their ICU. So far we are well on our way to reach this year’s target of R300 000 to make this a reality.”

Sea Harvest donates a portion of sales of every box of selected coated Sea Harvest products* to The Children’s Hospital Trust. Ensure that your little ones are eating healthily and, at the same time, contribute to making a difference in the lives of young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospital.

*Look out for this unique logo on your favourite Sea Harvest products: Oven Crisp, Fish Nuggets, Fish Fingers, Fish Burgers, Fish Cakes, and Hake bakes.

For more information, visit www.seaharvest.co.za and www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za

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Sea Harvest acquires 19.9% of Australian company, Mareterram Limited

 CAPTION:  Sea Harvest have acquired 19.9% of Australian company, Mareterram Limited which operates Nor-West Seafood. Pictured above are Nor-West Seafood vessels.

Sea Harvest is proud to announce a 19.9% investment in Perth-based Company, Mareterram Limited, which recently listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

Mareterram is a vertically integrated agri-business with operations currently encompassing:

  • The business assets of Western Australian based Nor-West Seafoods Pty Ltd, a 45 year old MSC certified fishing  company that harvests and processes wild caught king and tiger prawns, as well as scallops; and
  • The business assets of the Craig Mostyn Group Food Service Division, a 50 year old Australian business that markets and sells Sea Harvest’s hake products, the Nor-West Seafood basket, together with other seafood and related products to the food service and retail trade. Importantly, the Craig Mostyn Group, with revenues of $420m, has distributed Sea Harvest’s products in Australia for the last 50 years.

Sea Harvest Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Felix Ratheb, says, “The investment in Mareterram allows Sea Harvest to diversify its earnings away from a single specie hake resource and gives us a firm foothold to increase our market share and presence in Australia in a hard currency.”

Following the successful January 2016 re-compliance listing of Mareterram on the ASX, founding Chairman, Peter Hutchinson, commented, “We are excited at having achieved this milestone, and are very pleased with the strong support from all stakeholders, including leading industry participants Sea Harvest and the Craig Mostyn Group, who will also be substantial shareholders. We welcome all shareholders and look forward to delivering growth and driving value as a vertically integrated ASX-listed agri-business.”

The previous CEO of the Craig Mostyn Group, David Lock, has accepted the position of CEO and Managing Director of Mareterram, effective from January 01, 2016. Hutchinson added that he was delighted to have attracted someone of Lock’s calibre to lead the company through what is shaping to be a very exciting period. “David’s decision to join the company and be responsible for driving the business and its strategy is a strong endorsement of the early efforts to establish a high quality, diversified agri-business platform based out of Western Australia. We are also very fortunate to have access to Sea Harvest’s CEO, Felix Ratheb, as he brings a wealth of experience in running a large vertically integrated food business.”

Ratheb was recently appointed to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board and is also on the Executive Committee of the Global Groundfish Forum.

According to Chairman of Sea Harvest and Brimstone Investment Corporation, Fred Robertson, the Mareterram strategy, which is very much aligned to that of Sea Harvest, is centred on using a platform of wild caught, MSC certified seafood to build a broader-based food business.

For more information about Sea Harvest Corporation visit www.seaharvest.co.za

SA’s first outdoor ice rink opens at Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point, Cape Town

There’s a new attraction in Cape Town and a first for the country – an outdoor synthetic ice rink has been installed at the Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point. Now children can enjoy gliding around an outdoor ice rink on the most glorious hot summer days providing hours of guaranteed fun with spectacular views of mountain and sea to top off the one of a kind experience.

The installation of the ice rink has been the brain child of Cape Town businessmen Sean Holmes and Cornelis Ouwehand, who have lead a project to restore and develop the Rotary Blue Train Park into a unique and fantastical family outdoor play experience. The park, which is open to the public or can be hired out as a children’s party venue has undergone substantial refurbishment in the past 15 months, including painting of existing play equipment and garden landscaping. A great portion of the park’s operational proceeds are donated to Rotary. Everything else is invested back into park operations and maintenance.

The ice rink, which was opened to the public for the first time last week Wednesday (30 December 2015) is a key part of the Park’s restoration project. Made of Xtraice Pro Panels, the 126 square metre rink was partly sponsored by PenBev (the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape). Denise Behrens, Corporate Communication Manager at PenBev says, “This ice rink will no doubt bring much joy to many, and at the same time it will also benefit the communities where Rotary operates. We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful project that combines great fun with such a worthy cause.”

The ice panels are self-lubricated with the highest gliding degree in the industry. The rink is also environmentally friendly as it does not require electrical power to operate. Similar ice rinks have been installed in 70 countries around the world, including entertainment parks like Disneyland.

Children between the ages of three and 12 may rent bright blue ice skates and take to the rink for 30 minutes at a cost of R30 or skate for a full hour at a cost of R50.