The National Children and Violence Trust spreads hope in 2016

The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) aims to spread hope this year by extending its social workers’ hours and uplifting vulnerable communities in Gauteng in need of support. NCVT operates in areas subject to high incidences of violence and trauma such as: Diepsloot, Loss My Cherry, Riverband, Lanseria, Musawawa, Thabo Mbeki, Nooitgedacht, Zandspruit, Itsoseng and the new settlement of  Cosmo City. Community members will be happy to know that the NCVT social workers will now be available from 08:00 to 16:30 to help alleviate unforeseen case backlogs and offer further support to vulnerable groups.

The NCVT is a non-profit organisation that supports women and children who have been abused; people who are unemployed; and those living with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in some of the most impoverished informal settlements and farming areas in Gauteng. These families are faced with daily challenges and have very little hope that help is on the way; NCVT encourages them to boldly seek help immediately.

Senior Social worker at the NCVT, Judith Mthombeni, says that if you are unemployed; a victim of violence or abuse; or infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, here are some of the ways you may benefit from the work NCVT does:

Psycho-social and trauma management programme

NCVT offers counselling and trauma management within its operating communities and empowers victims of abuse through socially engaging activities. Family therapy sessions, psycho-educational assessments and generic social work services are also part of the NCVT’s psycho-social and trauma management programme.

Access to justice and a court support programme

Having access to the justice system and to basic social services is a constitutional right to all. It is important for individuals and their families to know about their rights when seeking justice. The NCVT accompanies vulnerable children and women to court to ensure they receive fair treatment without fear of being further victimised.

School wellness programme

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which is the highest law in the country, says that the child’s best interests must be considered in every decision made about the child.* “We run school wellness programmes where we engage with children through dialogue and help raise awareness, about children’s rights and responsibilities, child abuse and domestic violence,” shares Mthombeni. Children spend a large portion of each day of their formative years in school, the adults in these environments have a duty to care for and protect the children entrusted in their care. “Most victims don’t realise that they are being abused until someone explains what abuse is, and the different ways in which children can be abused. The more people know, the better equipped they are to make informed choices and speak out,” says Mthombeni.

Capacity building for stakeholders

The NCVT boasts a team of five qualified social workers who form part of the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). This team is supported by an additional eight auxiliary social workers. These social workers assist in training frontline care workers in victim empowerment and trauma management. “We also provide basic counselling to our stakeholders to help them manage similar trauma or abuse cases that they may encounter,” concludes Mthombeni.

For more information about NCVT and to find your closest NCVT social worker, visit www.ncvt.co.za or contact +27 11 705-1960 | 079 390 1775. To make donations or volunteer towards the work NCVT does, contact ncvtprojects@iafrica.com.

*http://www.justice.gov.za/vg/cj/2010_cj_booklet_a6.pdf

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About The National Children and Violence Trust [NPO Number: 008-861-NPO]

The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) is a non-profit organisation that supports women and children who have been abused; people who are unemployed and those living with HIV.The NCVT works with youth (in and out of school), women and families affected by violence and HIV/AIDS in some of the most impoverished informal settlements and farming areas in Gauteng. These include areas subject to high incidences of violence and trauma such as: Diepsloot, Loss My Cherry, Riverband, Lanseria, Musawawa, Thabo Mbeki, Nooitgedacht, Zandspruit, Itsoseng and the new settlement of Cosmo City.

Zip Zap presents a new show, Emaceleni Sideways

Save the date for Zip Zap Circus School’s latest show, Emaceleni Sideways. For two days only, on Friday, 11 March 2016 and Saturday, 12 March 2016, Zip Zap’s instructors who are part of the Dare to Dream programme, will showcase their incredible talent. The show is presented by Zip Zap, a Non-Profit Organisation, in partnership with the National Arts Council. [Photos by Joan Ward. High resolution images available on request]

“This is a not to be missed experience where the audience will have an insider’s view into what goes on at Zip Zap,” says Brent van Rensburg, co-founder of Zip Zap Circus School. “The inspiration for Emaceleni Sideways is the daily life of the performers, Zip Zap instructors who are part of the Dare to Dream programme which provides full time professional insertion and vocational training.”

Emaceleni Sideways is a behind-the-scenes look into circus life. “The lights, for example will be operated on stage, instead of backstage as usual. The backstage will be visible to the audience. The show has been conceptualised by Iesu Escalante, Zip Zap vocational training programme Dare to Dream co-ordinator and the instructors so it’s a combination of their collective artistic expression with their choice of lighting, music and costume,” adds van Rensburg.

Some of the acts in Emaceleni Sideways include hand-to-hand acrobatics, Chinese pole, cyr wheel, diabolo, rope, acrobatics and dance.

Show times

Friday 11 March 2016 – 19.00

Saturday 12 March 2016 – 15.00 and 19.00

Venue

Zip Zap Dome, Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town

All tickets cost R100 and can be purchased online here or at the door.

To make tax deductible donations to Zip Zap visit the website www.zip-zap.co.za or contact 021 421 8622. You can also donate online: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-build-zip-zap-circus-academy#/. Find Zip Zap on Facebook www.facebook.com/zipzapcircus.

About Zip Zap Circus School

Zip Zap Circus is a not for profit social school that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps children to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisation, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.

Plastic to oil innovation at Kraaifontein Waste Management Facility

 

 

 

 

 

Caption: The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) Western Cape Branch held an interactive session at the state of the art pilot pyrolysis plant at Kraaifontein Waste Management Facility in Cape Town on 17 February 2016. The plant boasts the first oil from plastic waste facility in the Western Cape. [High-res images available on request. Photographer: Stephan Morkel]

Managed by the City of Cape Town, the Kraaifontein Waste Management site has a public waste drop-off facility, a materials recovery facility, a refuse transfer station and a green waste chipping area. The IWMSA event attracted 85 professionals operating on government level and the waste management industry at large.

“The pilot pyrolysis plant is facilitated by an agreement between the City of Cape Town and two Japanese firms namely CFP Corporation and Kanemiya, while funding for the pilot plant was provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The plant converts up to 500 kg of plastics into 500 litre of cracked oil per day,” says Margot Ladouce, IWMSA Western Cape Chairperson. The commercial plant has the capacity to convert a maximum of 8000 kg of plastics per day.

General Manager: Waste Management at CFP Corporation, Tetsuya Sato explained that the feedstock used to generate the oil is used plastics (PE, PP, PS) from City and commercial waste. Polyethylene (PE) has been found to be the best material for producing diesel equivalency fuel. PET and PVC plastics are not suitable for the plant.

“The plastic waste first goes through pre-treatment of washing, shredding and extrusion before being sent into the pyrolysis reactor. A syngas is formed which is condensed into the oil which is then collected in storage tanks, where 15% is used for generator fuel for the factory’s electricity and 85% of the fuel can be sold or used for the generation of electricity in the case of a commercial plant,” highlights Sato. He further explained that cracked oil can be used as fuel for power generators, boilers as well as for diesel engines. One litre of cracked oil generates approximately 4 to 5 kw/litre of electricity.

Garreth Grosch of the Directorate: Air Quality Management within the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, delved into atmospheric emission licensing (AEL), compliance monitoring and enforcement.

“The Kraaifontein Pyrolysis Plant is a good example of a facility in which an integrated environmental approach was practiced. In moving forward within the framework of sustainable development, further technological partnerships should be fostered,” says Grosch.

Grosch gave legislative and policy context in that National, Provincial and Municipal authorities influence air quality governance through the management of Atmospheric Emission Licencing, enshrined in the Constitution and which gives effect to the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (NEM:AQA). With the transition from the now repealed Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act (APPA), the NEM: AQA objectives have shifted from source-based air pollution control, to a receiving environment approach, as well as to reflect the South Africa National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) sustainable development principles.

Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services at the City of Cape Town, Cllr Ernest Sonnenberg emphasised that the objective of the pilot plant was to investigate the feasibility of the application of this technology to the tailings (plastics which cannot be recycled) to further reduce waste to landfill and thereby improving the waste diversion footprint of the City of Cape Town. Cllr Sonnenberg encourages the application of environmentally sound technologies in line with the pillars of the City of Cape Town’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP), reiterating its objective of waste minimisation through demonstrating that it is a caring city.

The event also included an interactive tour of the pyrolysis plant.

“We are thrilled about the key innovations regarding waste management in the Western Cape to ultimately contribute in sending as little as possible to landfill sites,” concludes Ladouce.

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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Mustadafin Foundation: 30 years of positive social change in Cape Town

 

 

 

 

 

Caption: Ghairunisa Johnstone (above), founder and director of Mustadafin Foundation, believes that ‘If every person helps his neighbour, then who would need help?’ The Foundation lives by this motto; it has been the key message and motivation behind the work of Mustadafin Foundation for the past 30 years.

Established in 1986, Mustadafin Foundation has been serving poor communities in and around the Western- and lately Eastern Cape, in five key ways, namely:

  • Education: Children and adults alike are given the opportunity to better themselves through learning.
  • Poverty eradication: Feeding schemes and winter warmth schemes are combined with skills development programmes to lift the destitute out of poverty.
  • Health: Trained community-based carers help to provide home-based care and lifestyle advice to those with little to no access to public health care.
  • Community development: Youth development is essential for a thriving community. Youth camps and skills development programs empower young adults to grow to their full potential.
  • Disaster relief: Meals and clothing are provided to those who are hardest hit by natural disasters such as floods or fires

Mustadafin Foundation feeds up to 15 000 people in need every day and has ensured the successful integration of 150 homeless children into the public school system by 2015. It has also established health programmes, adult literacy programmes, a bursary programme for students in tertiary education and 22 preschools.

“Our greatest achievements during 2015 included appointing 25 more employees in Tafelsig (with the help of the Department of Social Development) and signing an agreement to collaborate with the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) on their Isibindi project,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone, founder and director of the Mustadafin Foundation. The Isibindi project implements community-based care and protection programmes that help children and youth who have been left desolate by death in the family due to HIV/AIDS.

Johnstone also received the Community Builder of the Year Award at the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Awards in 2015 and says that the Foundation is very pleased to be recognised with such a fitting award. The Foundation was also second runner up for the BBQ Innovative Business Award.

Fahiema Kruger initially started as a volunteer cook at Mustadafin Foundation and is now the principal at the Foundation’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre. She says, “Ghairunisa lifted me up 16 years ago when I thought I was no one. She uplifted and inspired me when I thought the world is coming down on me.”

“Our work is not without its challenges; Mustadafin Foundation’s volunteers and staff often work in areas rife with violence and social apathy,” says Johnstone. The Foundation also needs a vehicle and funding to complete a building that can serve as a centre from which to operate in the Cape Town area.

Despite the difficulties, the non-profit continues to actively uplift the community. Recent initiatives included the delivering of cooked food and Christmas parcels to 1000 people, including 100 seniors, in underprivileged communities; distributing hot meals and blankets to 120 survivors of the Nomzamo fire disaster; giving 1700 bags away to patients at the Groote Schuur hospital who could not go home over the holidays; and treating children from destitute areas to a day of fun in the park.

The Foundation is looking forward to an even more successful year in 2016 and to operating from a building owned by the organisation by the end of the year. However, it is not merely the number of volunteers or the amount of funds that will create change. “In 2016, we want to see the community being committed to education and its members taking ownership of their lives by beautifying themselves and their environment,” says Johnstone.

To continue with the good work it does, the Foundation relies on funding and donations of food, toys and clothes. It also depends on volunteers to help by contributing their time and skills to uplift the community. For more information about the Foundation and how you can donate or volunteer, please visit www.mustadafin.org.za or contact 021-633-0010 / 0060.

Mustadafin Foundation is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation.

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Phenomenal line-up at Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2016

The countdown has begun to one of South Africa’s most prestigious events: the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (TLC) 2016, presented by Old Mutual and Cape Media, will take place on Friday, 11 March 2016, at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng. This year promises an extremely impressive line-up, with Mzansi’s business game changers set to motivate tomorrow’s leaders with their wealth of knowledge. The high profile programme includes Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Honourable Jeff Radebe; Stephen Manzini, Founder, Soweto Fashion; Given Mkhari, CEO, MSG Afrika Group and media mogul Khanyi Dhlomo.

“The opportunity to raise the quality of life is the biggest business opportunity,” shared President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame told the recent 2016 World Economic Forum. Business model transformation and nurturing young talent is a global agenda, influenced by the rapid daily digital disruptions in every industry in every country. These changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, operations and governance. TLC 2016 is not just about networking, but also about actively developing solutions that will bridge the economic divide in South Africa. This can only happen when veterans, experts and hungry young leaders are ready to take the baton and join forces in making social economic development a reality.

This year’s line-up consists of industry fundis, who started from the bottom and worked their way to the top in various industries, ranging from arts and culture to the financial sector. Speakers include – amongst many others – the 23-year-old social activist, Simamkele Dlakavu, South Africa’s premiere black female ballet dancer, Top Billing presenter, Lorna Maseko-Lukhele, and Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual Wealth, Andrew Bradley.

Click here for more on the exciting line-up!

“Unearthing tomorrow’s leaders is what #OMTLC is all about,” says David Capel, Editor of Leadership Magazine, Cape Media. “Gone are the days where the young are tied down behind a desk from 9 – 5; it’s time to influence and ignite innovation in the millennials’ bright minds.”

“Our passion at Old Mutual is to invest in South Africa’s economic success. This is exactly why we fully support this initiative,” says Marwan Abrahams, Executive General Manager at Old Mutual. “Talent, innovation and progressive businesses can be encouraged with adequate resources, meaningful mentorship and dedication; this year we are more certain that the expected millennials are tomorrow’s leaders.”

Corporates and the public sector are invited and encouraged to nominate individuals who are able to cope exceedingly well with everyday disruptions in business, and show high leadership aptitude.

If you are a Tomorrow’s Leader or know of anyone who is, remember you have until Friday, 04 March 2016 to submit your nomination on http://www.tomorrowsleaders.co.za/nominations.

To find out more about Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2016, the sponsors, speakers or exhibition opportunities, please visit http://tomorrowsleaders.co.za/ . Alternatively, contact Beverley Stone | +2721 681 7000 | beverley@capemedia.co.za / info@tomorrowsleaders.co.za. Join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsLeadersConvention and on Twitter https://twitter.com/TLConvention.

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Note to editors

Selection Criterion

Tomorrow’s Leader Selection Criteria

Tomorrow’s Leaders are the individuals in your organisation blessed with that indefinable X factor for success – the ones you know are destined for senior executive roles in your organisation, the ones whose names always come up when succession planning is discussed. In other words, Tomorrow’s Leader is an insightful visionary who consults broadly and decides firmly. Ethical but not rigid, Tomorrow’s Leader can spot and harness talent and opportunity. A creative and resourceful individual, trustworthy and emotionally intelligent, Tomorrow’s Leader is also a tactician with impeccable timing and the uncanny ability to just make things work.

  • At least 5 years’ work experience
  • Proven track record
  • Middle to upper management position
  • Under the age of 45

Young Leader Selection Criteria

Because we know that leaders are cultivated and mentored, Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention’s Alumni programme allows a new generation of Tomorrow’s Leaders to be identified. These candidates are ambitious, driven, outstanding, recently graduated under-30s who may still be finding their way or moving up the leadership ladder.

  • Recent graduate
  • Under 30
  • Record indicates without a doubt that they are bound for the boardroom

 

 

 

Celebration at Cascade Primary

Cascade Primary School learners cheered as their Principal, Gale Adriaanse received the PenBev Clean Up and Recycle Competition trophy at a special assembly on Friday, 05 February 2016. Last year the school won the competition organised by PenBev (local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape), together with marketing agency [dot]GOOD to raise awareness and increase efforts to clean up and recycle in Mitchells Plain.

Cascade Primary School beat off stiff competition from two other Mitchells Plain schools to collect and recycle the most plastic bottles, glass bottles, cans and paper throughout the month of September, known as World Clean Up month. In total, 2519 kilograms of recyclables were collected by the 950 children – winning their school R10 000 to spend on refurbishments which were completed during the summer holidays.

Before the trophy handover, officials from PenBev were shown how the prize money was spent: on repainting a classroom, replacing damaged lights and a complete rewiring of the school’s electrics – particularly vital for the smooth operating of their computer room.

“The prize money was put to good use. We are so pleased that our computer lab is operational again. We have a Mathematics programme installed on our computers which helps reinforce what learners are taught in class and it also gives them valuable computer skills,” says Adriaanse. “The children really enjoyed participating in the recycling competition and it was a highlight for the school to win it.”

Denise Behrens, Corporate Communication Manager for PenBev says, “We are proud of the learners for really involving their families in this initiative which has shown the true value of recycling. Environmental initiatives, especially recycling, are important for us at Peninsula Beverages because many of our packages are recyclable and can be used to create income instead of going to landfill sites.”

CAPTION: Cascade Primary School Principal, Gale Adriaanse received the PenBev Clean Up and Recycle Competition trophy from Denise Behrens, PenBev Corporate Communication Manager. [Photographer: Craig Wilson]

For more information about PenBev, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Celebrating World Wetlands Day: Zandvlei leads the way for the City

This Tuesday 02 February is World Wetlands Day – a time to focus on the conservation of these crucial yet vulnerable ecosystems. Successful elimination of the alien water hyacinth in the Zandvlei Wetlands, which border on Muizenberg, Marina da Gama and Lakeside in Cape Town has led the City of Cape Town to implement similar conservation strategies at waterways across the city.

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Alien weeds clog parts of the Westlake River (L). Yellow billed ducks swim through a cleared part of the Keysers River (R). Photos: Gavin Lawson [High resolution images available on request]

The Zandvlei area is known mostly as a water recreation zone for those sailing yachts and paddling in canoes. Conserving the natural habitat of fish and birds and ensuring good water quality, however, is not only vital for the ecosystem, but also necessary to reduce flood risk and ensure its continued use as a recreational area.

The Westlake Wetlands Project, in partnership with Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) since 2009, has led the way in clearing the water hyacinth from these wetlands, with spin-off benefits for the rest of the city’s rivers and water systems.

John Fowkes, Project Coordinator for the Zandvlei Trust’s Westlake Wetlands Project explains that fish cannot survive in water that has a ‘carpet’ of weeds covering it, reducing sunlight and oxygen dissolved in the water. “When the fish go, the birds that live on the fish go as well. It has a dramatic impact on the ecosystem if you don’t keep water open and flowing,” he says.

In addition to manual clearing of the invasive water hyacinth, the Zandvlei Trust introduced a floating boom mechanism, made of 2 litre plastic cold drink bottles placed in a netting sleeve. The boom holds the weeds back from spreading into open water. The Black River was also ‘choked’ with hyacinth and the City used the boom idea to help control this pest says Fowkes. “Nowadays you’ll see flamingos returning to the Black River. The initiative that PenBev helped us to introduce has spread far and wide. The City is using similar methods to those we introduced in Zandvlei’s Westlake wetlands,” says Fowkes.

Denise Behrens, Corporate Communication Manager at PenBev says, “We are really proud that this initiative that we started sponsoring seven years ago has been so successful that the City has adopted the same methods elsewhere in Cape Town. The greater impact it has had on water quality and wildlife in the City is really inspiring.”

The City Alien Species Unit also introduced several insects into the area that eat hyacinth plants. These are known as biocontrol agents and are now used across Cape Town. Unfortunately since the waterways have been cleared, other weeds have taken the hyacinth’s place. The City’s Kader Asmal Integrated Catchment Management Project is now removing alien weeds like Water Lettuce, Parrot’s Feather, Kariba Weed and Yellow Mexican Water Lily. A research project to identify and resolve the siltation and pollution problems in the Zandvlei Wetlands is also underway.

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.

 Note: World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 02 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat helps raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.