Cleaning up our coastlines from Hermanus to Langebaan this Easter holiday

Residents in the greater Cape Town area can look forward to visiting clean stretches of beaches this Easter. Starting on Sunday, 02 April 2017 in Hermanus, eight popular beaches will be rid of all litter and rubbish over the course of two weeks thanks to Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages. People living in these areas are encouraged to join forces and help preserve our pristine coastlines.

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) regularly organises beach clean-ups in an effort to contribute towards environmental sustainability, a core Corporate Social Investment (CSI) focus for the business. This Easter is no different; CCPB, together with its activations partner Perfect Solutions, will raise awareness and educate beach-goers about keeping our beaches clean.

“It is our duty to preserve our natural heritage for future generations; with these beach clean-ups, we want to instil environmental responsibility in each and every citizen so that coastal and marine life can thrive,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages.

The beach clean-ups have also been endorsed by local municipalities and the mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, Alderman Rudolph Smith is expected to join the operation at Grotto Beach in Hermanus with some of his executive Mayco team.

The dates for the beach clean-ups are:

  • Sunday, 02 April 2017: Hermanus Grotto Beach (10am – 12pm)
  • Monday, 03 April 2017: Strand (5pm – 7pm)
  • Sunday, 09 April 2017: Gordon’s Bay (10am – 12pm)
  • Tuesday, 11 April 2017: Muizenberg – Surfer’s Corner (10am – 12pm)
  • Saturday, 15 April 2017: Fish Hoek (4pm – 6pm)
  • Sunday, 16 April 2017: Llandudno (7am – 9am)
  • Sunday, 16 April 2017: Clifton (10am – 11am)
  • Monday, 17 April 2017: Langebaan/Saldanha (beach to be confirmed; 10am – 1pm)

Please note that dates are subject to weather conditions. The clean-ups will be supported by a call-to-action on the CCPB Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev), encouraging communities in the vicinity of the targeted beaches to join in.

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. 

Landfill airspace in Gauteng: Industry leaders gather to discuss current- and future state

Caption: The Landfill Airspace in Gauteng workshop hosted by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) today, 29 March 2017, provided a platform for waste management industry leaders to discuss the current requirement for additional landfill airspace in Gauteng. The plans for waste diversion from landfill in future were also discussed. Kobus Otto [above], Director of Kobus Otto & Associates (Waste Management Consultants), spoke about the current state of landfilling in Gauteng and the need for future waste transfer. Zingisa Smale, the Director of Waste Management of the Gauteng Department of. Agriculture &. Rural Development (GDARD), was also a speaker at the event and discussed landfill airspace and plans for increased recycling in Gauteng.

Gauteng’s population of 13.2 million people1 accounts for 24% of the South African population.2 The Gauteng province is the country’s industrial and economic hub, generating nearly 34% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).2 As a result, Gauteng is faced with many waste management challenges, such as the legal compliance and environmentally sound practices of landfilling; as well as the implementation of alternative waste management solutions, addressed at the workshop today.

Landfill is still the most widely used waste disposal option in South Africa. The National Waste Information Baseline Report3, a study conducted in 2012, indicates that 91% (98 million of 108 million tonnes) of the waste generated in South Africa during 2011 was disposed of at landfills. “Our reliance on landfill has come at a cost. The remaining air space at some landfill sites in South Africa is fast approaching capacity, and so is the available space to extend landfill sites while complying with stringent waste legislation,” says Jonathan Shamrock, Vice-President of the IWMSA.

Currently, a total of 599 landfill sites are listed on the South African Waste Information Centre (SAWIC) permit database for South Africa. Of this number, 102 (17%) are based in Gauteng of which 13 are municipal landfill sites.4 The National and Provincial waste management strategy is geared towards waste beneficiation and diversion from landfill. As plans for waste diversion from landfill and increased recycling are gathering momentum in Gauteng, however, landfilling as a waste management option remains a necessary reality, at least for the immediate future.

“Gauteng is by far the biggest generator of waste, including hazardous waste, in South Africa; generating approximately 33% of the country’s waste,” says Kobus Otto, Director of Kobus Otto & Associates. “The province is not only in need of landfill airspace, it is in need of legally compliant and environmentally sound airspace,” he continues.

“Until we find alternative solutions that can substitute landfill entirely, we must explore the strategies, science and technology that will improve the practice and counter the negative environmental effects. Advancing knowledge about the state of landfilling and finding ways to improve the future of waste management in South Africa is of paramount importance to the IWMSA, which is why we invest in workshops such as this one and events such as Landfill 2017,” mentions Reon Pienaar, Vice Chariman of the IWMSA’s Central Branch.

The Landfill 2017 biennial seminar will take place from Wednesday, 18 to Friday, 20 October 2017. This year the seminar will be hosted at the Buffelsdraai Landfill Site and it will be the first time that this event takes place on an operational landfill site. The seminar will host several well-renowned industry bodies that will contribute to discussions on capacity building, and share valuable knowledge on technology and practices that will ultimately improve landfilling; addressing the risks that it poses to the environment and human health.

“The call for papers and abstracts to be submitted for the Landfill 2017 has been extended to 25 April 2017 and we urge all interested parties to submit their papers to Chris McKay at mckaycga@skcm.co.za,” says Shamrock.

For more information about the Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa and their Landfill 2017 event, visit www.iwmsa.co.za. You can also follow IWMSA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA).

 

1Statistics South Africa (2015). Statistical release P0302: Mid-year Population Estimates 2015.

2The Real Economy Bulletin (2016). Provincial Review 2016.

3Department of Environmental Affairs (2012). National Waste Information Baseline Report. Department of Environmental Affairs. Pretoria, South Africa.

4Department of Environmental Affairs (2016). South African Waste Information Centre. Permit database.

 

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Until we meet again beloved struggle hero: Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

CAPTION: Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada revisiting Robben Island Maximum Prison yard in August 1996. The prison yard was maintained by Kathrada and his fellow inmates during their incarceration on the island from 1964 to 1982. Kathrada spent 18 years on Robben Island as a political prisoner fighting against Apartheid. Photo cred: Benny Gool, Johannesburg Cape Times.

Robben Island Museum (RIM) is deeply saddened by the passing of the struggle stalwart, Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, early this morning, Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Today is a dark hour for the country as we mourn a struggle stalwart of notable influence. Comrade (Cde) Kathrada, affectionately known as Uncle Kathy, served as RIM’s first Council Chairperson from 1994 to 2006. He will be remembered for his gentle spirit that echoes humanity through adversity. Below is a brief reflection of Uncle Kathy’s life history and his interaction with RIM.

Kathrada was appointed as Chairperson of the Robben Island Council and was tasked with establishing Robben Island Museum to recognise and preserve the social memory associated with all Ex-Political Prisoners that served their sentences at Robben Island. In this capacity, Uncle Kathy was instrumental to what Robben Island Museum is today, including the inscription of the island as a World Heritage Site in 1999. The World Heritage Status of the Island is premised on his famous quotation which reads as ‘the triumph of human spirit against the forces of evil, a triumph of wisdom and largeness of spirit against small minds and pettiness, a triumph of courage and determination over human frailty and weakness’. This quotation is often summarised as ‘the triumph of human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.’

Over the years, Uncle Kathy has interacted with Robben Island Museum in various capacities:

Firstly, Uncle Kathy accompanied VIP visitors to the island and gave them the collective experience of Political Prisoners in the hands of apartheid government represented by the Prison Officials. He conducted over 300 tours and he published a book about these tours in August 2015. The book was launched at the Nelson Mandela Gateway.

Secondly, he was involved in educational programmes of Robben Island Museum. These included seminars for young people, where he played a major role in transforming their mind-sets to become better and responsible citizens, who are not prejudiced by racialism. He was a mentor, a teacher, and inspirational individual to the young people that he interacted with.

Lastly, in his private capacity and as the founder of Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, he remained available for consultation by Robben Island Museum on the narrative and interpretation of their individual and collective stories.

“On behalf of Robben Island Museum and the board, we extend our heart-felt condolences to the Kathrada family, friends and associates,” shares RIM Council Member and Chairperson of Heritage Committee (former Robben Island political prisoner), Mr Luyanda Mpahlwa. “Today, as we remember Ahmed Kathrada, Robben Island Museum, would like to join the nation and the rest of the World in mourning the passing of this struggle icon, a struggle giant who until his death stood for what he believed in,” concludes Mpahlwa.

For more information about Robben Island Museum, please visit: www.robben-island.org.za or contact: infow@robben-island.org.za/ +27 (0)21 413 4200. Join Robben Island Museum on their social media platforms and share your island experience: Facebook (Robben Island Museum – An agency of the Department of Arts & Culture) / Twitter (@robben_island).

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Robben Island Museum (RIM) is a public entity responsible for managing, maintaining, presenting, developing and marketing Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site. It was established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 1997.

RIM implements a wide range of conservation, educational, tourist development, research, archiving and general heritage programmes that are designed to achieve its mandate; conserve the Island’s natural and cultural resources and heritage; and promote it as a platform for critical debate and life-long learning.

RIM is also responsible for managing and maintaining the assets of the Island. These include the Maximum and Medium Security Prison Complexes, Robert Sobukwe’s House, the Curio and Village Shops, the Village Precinct and associated recreational facilities, the Helipad and runway on the Island, World War 2 memorials, power generation and water processing plants, Jetty 1 and the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront, the Mayibuye Archives, the three (3) ferries that transport people to the Island and the fleet of buses used by tourists on the Island.

Marrying of two iconic World Heritage Sites: South Africa’s Robben Island and Mauritius’ Le Morne Cultural Landscape

CAPTION: Robben Island World Heritage Site (RIWHS) and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, (situated in the Republic of Mauritius), signed a Twinning Agreement yesterday at the Atlantic Imbizo, Clock Tower House at the V&A Waterfront. The prestigious event was attended by both South African and Mauritian delegates, where the agreement was sealed by Robben Island Museum’s (RIM) Council Chairperson, Mr Sibusiso Buthelezi and Mauritius’ Minister of Sports and Culture, Honourable Prithvirajsing Roopun. Through this agreement, RIWHS will be able to solidify its connection to similar sites of social memory on the African continent. Pictured above, signing the agreement, is Robben Island Museum Council Chairperson, Mr Sibusiso Buthelezi (left) and Chairperson of the Le Morne Cultural Landscape, Mr J. Balnock.

It was a celebratory event as guests witnessed this historic moment of two iconic World Heritage Sites joining hands. Both these sites are a symbol of cultural diplomacy. “As a World Heritage Site, continuous innovation and capacity building is key as stipulated by the World Heritage Capacity Building Strategy, adopted by the World Heritage Committee in 2011*,” says Chief Heritage Officer of Robben Island Museum, Mr Pascall Taruvinga. “The Strategy responds to the identified needs of a diverse and growing audience for capacity building for World Heritage conservation and management activities. Development of resource materials such as best practice case studies and communication tools are among the activities foreseen by the strategy. Therefore the Twinning Agreement between RIWHS and Le Morne Cultural Landscape is a fulfilment of this strategy. Through exchange and collaborative programs between the two sites, we will be able to build capacity around world heritage in areas of research, conservation and management,” he explains.

Honourable Roopun equally expressed his delight in partnering with RIWHS because of their common shared objectives. He added that he is happy to see this day finally come to fruition. The day included cultural performances by local group, Ilitha LeLanga Marimba Ensemble that kept guests entertained and feeling proudly South African.

“Recognition and appreciation of cultural diversity is essential for purposeful coexistence,” shares Taruvinga. “As RIM, we are appreciative of this historic event that unfolded today in the year that RIM celebrates 20 years as a museum. We hope it is exemplary to other world heritage sites that through unity and collaboration, we stand an even better chance at championing heritage preservation,” concludes Taruvinga.

For more information about Robben Island Museum, please visit: www.robben-island.org.za or contact: infow@robben-island.org.za/ +27 (0)21 413 4200. Join Robben Island Museum on their social media platforms and share your island experience: Facebook (Robben Island Museum – An agency of the Department of Arts & Culture) / Twitter (@robben_island).

* http://whc.unesco.org/en/recognition-of-best-practices/

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The purpose of this Twinning Agreement is to strengthen ties between both countries. The partnership is expected to promote the following:

  • Joint research and publishing of the social memory, intangible values, history of both sites;
  • Technical exchange of best practice programmes in the areas of conservation and management of the two sites sharing the same shoreline challenges;
  • Synergies for tourism in collaboration with respective Departments of Tourism (South Africa and Mauritius) as part of capturing the flowing tourists in both countries;
  • Exhibitions and sharing of website platform in order to increase accessibility of sites and raise awareness beyond national borders for mutual benefit.
  • Supporting the implementation of the current Cultural Agreement between South Africa and Mauritius with any of the above areas of partnership between RIM and Le Morne, forming an annual joint programme to be implemented by both parties.

More information about Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum (RIM) is a public entity responsible for managing, maintaining, presenting, developing and marketing Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site. It was established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 1997.

RIM implements a wide range of conservation, educational, tourist development, research, archiving and general heritage programmes that are designed to achieve its mandate; conserve the Island’s natural and cultural resources and heritage; and promote it as a platform for critical debate and life-long learning.

RIM is also responsible for managing and maintaining the assets of the Island. These include the Maximum and Medium Security Prison Complexes, Robert Sobukwe’s House, the Curio and Village Shops, the Village Precinct and associated recreational facilities, the Helipad and runway on the Island, World War 2 memorials, power generation and water processing plants, Jetty 1 and the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront, the Mayibuye Archives, the three (3) ferries that transport people to the Island and the fleet of buses used by tourists on the Island.

 

Sea Harvest Debuts on the JSE Main Board under Share Code: SHG

The Sea Harvest Group (SHG) listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) today, 23 March 2017, with 42% of the company floated at a trading price of R12,50 per share raising R1.33 billion, resulting in a group market capitalisation of c.R3.14 billion. The money raised will be used to pay down debt and fund growth both locally and internationally allowing it to fulfil its vision of becoming a diversified global seafood company. Pictured above is Felix Ratheb, CEO of Sea Harvest (left) and Fred Robertson, Non-Executive Chairman of Sea Harvest and Executive Chairman of Brimstone (right). Photographer: Ilan Ossendryver.

The listing marks an exciting and rewarding moment in Sea Harvest’s 53 year journey, which began with a fishing operation in the Cape West Coast town of Saldanha in 1964. In the years that followed, the company pioneered the development of international markets for Cape Hake, which has evolved into one of the world’s most sought-after whitefish species. “Globally consumers know that when they purchase South African Cape Hake, they are buying superior quality from a well-managed fishery,” says Sea Harvest Chief Executive, Felix Ratheb. Today Sea Harvest is a vertically integrated seafood company with operations in South Africa and Australia and leading FMCG brands and species in both local and international seafood market. The company is one of the largest black-owned fishing companies in South Africa with operations that sustain 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the country. Post listing, Sea Harvest will retain its strong transformation credentials.

Through the capital raise, Sea Harvest will settle all debt and continue to fund its growth trajectory, which is underpinned by the recent c.R500 million outlay on vessels and infrastructure to improve operational efficiencies, long-term sustainability and margins, as well as the acquisition of a 55.9% majority stake in Australian Stock Exchange listed agribusiness, Mareterram.“We are pleased to have partnered with Sea Harvest, a long term client of Standard Bank, in their listing on the JSE,” says Richard Stout, Head: Equity Capital Markets, South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Standard Bank.  “This listing provides an exciting new opportunity for investors who are looking to participate in the food sector.  This transaction also highlights the continued activity and interest we have seen in the South African IPO space recently.”  Standard Bank acted as Sole Financial Advisor, Sole Bookrunner and Sole Transaction Sponsor for the company. Sea Harvest will be pursuing organic growth through further margin-enhancing investment in its fleet and factories, as well as acquisitive growth in South Africa and Australia.

Brimstone has, meanwhile, retained a majority 55% share of the Group and is committed to remaining invested and supporting Sea Harvest’s growth story. Board Chairman and Chairman of Brimstone, Fred Robertson, says, “We have been a shareholder in Sea Harvest since 1998 and invested a further c.R776 million into the business since taking control in 2009. Sea Harvest is a quality asset with, established brands in the FMCG sector, a good management team, a global revenue mix and over 3000 exceptional employees.”

“The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have created a well-managed fishery that is internationally recognised and lauded. Sea Harvest is aligned with government’s transformation objectives and will continue to be so in the future. The company further has a unique community focus and enjoys the support of a wide range of stakeholders, including community leaders, service providers and business partners, many of whom have grown alongside the company,” concludes Robertson.

Nicky Newton-King, CEO of the JSE says: “The exchange is pleased to welcome Sea Harvest to the main board. Sea Harvest is owned and controlled by Brimstone which has a variety of investments in industries such as food, healthcare, financial services and infrastructure, and is also a black controlled company. We are delighted in acquiring another company that is part of Brimstone, who are committed to the transformation of our country and the broader SA economy. Transformation in our country’s capital markets is important to us and this listing represents the progress being made in providing South Africans with an opportunity to invest in companies that boast strong transformation credentials.”

At the time of issuing this release, the Sea Harvest share price was trading at R13.45.

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

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Special edition Coca-Cola bottle designs to dazzle Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017

The iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle gets to dress up at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town when designer, Gavin Rajah, who has partnered with Coca-Cola, will unveil the four special edition bottle designs during his show this evening, 23 March 2017.

Rajah’s four limited edition Coca-Cola bottle designs will be linked to his collection’s theme of ‘Love’. The bottles of each design will be available to guests at Rajah’s show and are also echoed in his couture collection for 2017/18.

“This season we take our inspiration from our past prints and graphics, all inspired by love and hope,” says Rajah. The prints for Rajah’s collection bring together the iconic looks from the past decade with graphic designers, Room 13. “The overarching theme of love and escapism is prevalent in this collection. Flowers, hearts, butterflies and stars all play a huge symbolic part,” he explains.

Rajah says that it has been exciting to work with Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) on the designs for the iconic contour bottle. Symbols of love across various cultures are included on the designs.  “In times of despondency, we look to constants in our lives. These constants can be people, things or experiences that offer us comfort. Coca-Cola is one brand that has been around through all our experiences, from love to everything else in between. With the bottle designs, we wanted to create keepsakes that represented beautiful, iconic imagery of love and hope,” says Rajah.

Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communication Manager at CCPB says, “We were thrilled to partner with Gavin Rajah at this year’s Fashion Week. Coca-Cola Limited edition designer bottles have previously been created for Paris and New York Fashion Week’s and when Gavin brought us the concept, it was the time for Africa to show off our design excellence through the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle.”

The limited edition bottles will be exclusive to guests attending Gavin Rajah’s opening showing show at the Cape Town Fashion Week.

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.

Robben Island World Heritage Site and Le Morne Cultural Landscape (World Heritage Site) of the Republic of Mauritius join forces to promote cultural diversity

Robben Island World Heritage Site and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, (situated in the Republic of Mauritius), will be signing a Twinning Agreement on 20 March 2017. The Minister of Arts and Culture of South Africa, Honourable Nathi Mthethwa and the Minister of Sports and Culture of Mauritius, Honourable Prithvirajsing Roopun, will jointly sign the Twinning Agreement on Monday, 20 March 2017 at the Atlantic Imbizo, Clock Tower House from 12:00 to 14:00. This Agreement is intended to promote cultural and commercial ties congruently.  It is also a way of connecting Robben Island to other and similar sites of social memory on the African continent.

Robben Island and Le Morne Cultural Landscape share a common history of how people triumphed against great adversity. At Robben Island, banishment was due to white segregationist laws and Apartheid, while at Le Morne banishment resulted from exploitation of indentured slaves. The social memory relating to these varying but common adversity episodes resulted in the two sites being inscribed as World Heritage Sites. Their universal significance is expressed in the social memory associated with each site; related intangible values, historical context and the solidarity uniting the two sites as cultural landscapes. It is this shared history which has led to the development of a partnership between the two sites.

The purpose of this Twinning Agreement is to strengthen ties between both countries. The partnership is expected to promote the following:

  • Joint research and publishing of the social memory, intangible values, history of both sites;
  • Technical exchange of best practice programmes in the areas of conservation and management of the two sites sharing the same shoreline challenges;
  • Synergies for tourism in collaboration with respective Departments of Tourism (South Africa and Mauritius) as part of capturing the flowing tourists in both countries;
  • Exhibitions and sharing of website platform in order to increase accessibility of sites and raise awareness beyond national borders for mutual benefit.
  • Supporting the implementation of the current Cultural Agreement between South Africa and Mauritius with any of the above areas of partnership between RIM and Le Morne, forming an annual joint programme to be implemented by both parties.

For more information about Robben Island Museum, please visit: www.robben-island.org.za or contact: infow@robben-island.org.za/ +27 (0)21 413 4200. Join Robben Island Museum on their social media platforms and share your island experience: Facebook (Robben Island Museum – An agency of the Department of Arts & Culture) / Twitter (@robben_island).

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Note to media

A press briefing will take place shortly after the signing. Please indicate your availability no later than tomorrow, Friday, 17 March 2017. Please be seated by 11:45.

More information about Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum (RIM) is a public entity responsible for managing, maintaining, presenting, developing and marketing Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site. It was established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 1997.

RIM implements a wide range of conservation, educational, tourist development, research, archiving and general heritage programmes that are designed to achieve its mandate; conserve the Island’s natural and cultural resources and heritage; and promote it as a platform for critical debate and life-long learning.

RIM is also responsible for managing and maintaining the assets of the Island. These include the Maximum and Medium Security Prison Complexes, Robert Sobukwe’s House, the Curio and Village Shops, the Village Precinct and associated recreational facilities, the Helipad and runway on the Island, World War 2 memorials, power generation and water processing plants, Jetty 1 and the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront, the Mayibuye Archives, the three (3) ferries that transport people to the Island and the fleet of buses used by tourists on the Island.

 

Everything you need to know about landfill

Did you know that the waste that you throw away in your bin at home will most likely end up in a landfill site? Landfilling still remains the most widely used option for end of the line disposal of municipal waste. In South Africa, we have a total number of 8761 landfill sites which receive municipal waste. The design of a landfill site, regulated by waste disposal norms and standards, aims to minimise pollution and protect the health and safety of residents by adequately containing the waste.

“In 2013 the new Waste Classification and Management regulations came into effect which imposed strict norms and standards for waste disposal by landfill. It is important that we have such regulatory mechanisms in place which ensure that the engineering design of landfill sites improve this practice of landfilling,” says Jan Palm, president of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), the multi-disciplinary non-profit industry body for waste management in Southern Africa.

“These new regulations have been implemented as a result of many badly located, designed and operated landfill sites in our country. Consequently, these older sites have been significant potential points of pollution in the past and some still are. Landfill operators countrywide are now under pressure to acquire licensing by implementing adequate waste sorting and classification, better landfill design, improving operation and monitoring the surrounding environment for contamination,” he explains.

A typical municipal landfill site in South Africa’s metros will receive high volumes of waste daily. This waste can consist of domestic waste, garden waste, business and commercial waste, building rubble, industrial waste and in the past, tyres. The composition of waste going to each landfill will differ according to the generation of different types of waste in the area. Some landfill sites may receive higher volumes of organic waste while others may receive higher volumes of building rubble. According to the new regulations, landfill sites that receive hazardous waste need to be licensed to receive such waste.

“Every landfill site will differ according to the environmental and social conditions, incoming waste composition and entities operating the site. Even though landfill sites may differ, the design and operational components that make up a landfill site are similar,” says Palm.

When waste gets offloaded at the landfill, it is first compacted to minimise the voids between the waste materials. After compaction, waste is covered with a layer of soil to prevent further contact with the outside air. This prevents rodents and birds from flocking to the site and also reduces any odours emitting from the waste. The waste that is added daily, compacted and then covered is known as a daily ‘cell’.

Once covered, a series of reactions begin to occur via microorganisms that are present in the organic waste and the soil. During the beginning stages, microbes break down the organic waste to produce carbon dioxide which eventually completely depletes the oxygen. After all the oxygen is depleted, anaerobic bacteria, which thrive in conditions that lack oxygen, digest the organic waste to produce methane and carbon dioxide. This is the background as to why carbon dioxide and methane are the two principle gases coming from landfill sites. Both methane and carbon dioxide are odourless and make up approximately 98% of the landfill gas produced. The other gases include hydrogen, sulfides and ammonia and these are responsible for poor odours that residents in close proximity may experience. Luckily most new landfill sites are implementing a landfill gas management system as this gas can be used to generate renewable power if available in sufficient quantities, otherwise, the gas is flared.

Water that trickles through the waste body and accumulates contaminants is referred to as leachate. In the past, leachate has been a major concern associated with landfills as it has the potential to contaminate groundwater resources if it is not managed. This leachate will seep to the bottom of the landfill site where a liner, which is usually a combination of high-density polyethylene (HDPE -plastic) and a mineral layer (clay or bentonite), will prevent it from contaminating the groundwater below. Regulations also require regular monitoring of the groundwater quality near landfill sites.

“The current reality that we are faced with is that most landfill sites are reaching capacity and on top of this, the available land to extend landfill sites or construct new ones is also limited. The legislation also requires that landfill sites have to be at a specified distance away from residential areas and ecologically sensitive zones. This is all to protect the health and safety of residents and the environment. However, it is often found that informal settlements encroach on existing landfills by inhabiting the buffer zones,” concludes Palm.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa will be hosting a seminar on landfilling which will take place from 18 to 20 October 2017. Renowned industry bodies will share experiences, knowledge and demonstrate new technology which will improve landfill as a practice at this seminar.

For more information about the Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa and their Landfill 2017 event, visit www.iwmsa.co.za. You can also follow IWMSA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA).

1Department of Environmental Affairs (2014). South African Waste Information Centre

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Building tomorrow’s leaders

For the past decade the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention has been proud to play its part in connecting the leaders of tomorrow with today’s leaders as well as South Africa’s other young future leaders.

The 2017 Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention is presented by The Franchise Co. and promises to once again provide South Africa’s future young leaders with a competitive edge by providing them with access to high-level speakers who will share their insights on key topics relevant to the young leaders who will be shaping South Africa’s future, as well as offering an unparalleled networking experience for these leaders.

The Convention kicks off with a series of powerful keynote addresses from luminaries such as speaker and author Thabang Mashigo, Patrice Motsepe (African Rainbow Minerals), Thys van Zyl (The Franchise Co.), Jon Foster-Pedley (Henley Business School) and Dr Gerhard van Rensburg (Future Leaders Africa).

Five powerful expert panels have been designed to offer delegates insight into key areas relevant to their future roles as leaders. These panels are Agents of Change: Women in Business, Vodacom ICT: The Internet of Things, The Franchise Co. Panel, Inspirational Under 30’s and Celebrated South Africans.

These high-level panels include experts and thought leaders such as Lesego Mashishi-Matlala (Limitless Occupational Therapy), Chuma Myali (Transnet Freight Rail), Dr Rethabile Melamu (The Innovation Hub), Dr Siyabonga Cwele (Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services), Lucky Masilela (South African Communications Forum), Unathi September (Gradesmatch), Conrad David (Hashtag South Africa), Siya Beyile (The Threaded Man), Oyama Dyasiba (OMA Agency), Claire Mawisa (television presenter & model), Loyiso Bala (musical artist), Ndumiso Lindi, (stand-up comedian) and Khanyi Mbau (radio & television personality, actress and artist).

In between these panel discussions are opportunities for delegates to network with one another as well as with the speakers. In addition, there are also plenty of expo stands for delegates to visit and engage with brand ambassadors. These expo stands include NERSA, Vodacom, SANRAL, The Innovation Hub, UIF, The Franchise Co, The JvR Group, Brandhouse Re Diagio, CTICC, Henley Business School, Hosmed, Lesvibe, PDA International Africa, Reputation Matters and Zinto.

“Considering the current changes and challenges that the global world is experiencing, strong and dynamic leadership has never been required as urgently as it is today,” says Robert Arendse, Managing Director of event organisers Cape Media Corporation. “Our humble wish is that TLC 2017 will play a role in empowering them with the spirit of opportunity that their future roles will bring to them, as well as assisting them in some small way in building a stronger and more inclusive South African economy.”

Event details:

Time: 07:30 – 17:00; followed by a glamour evening from 17:00 until late.

Date: Thursday, 30 March 2017

Venue: Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng

To register for TLC: http://www.tomorrowsleaders.co.za/nominations

For more information about the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention, visit http://www.tomorrowsleaders.co.za/. Join the TLC Facebook page at https://twitter.com/TLConvention or follow them on Twitter, @TLConvention.

Conquering 109 kilometres #CycleTour2017

The Cape Town Cycle Tour celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) is proud to have been associated with the world’s largest timed cycle race for the past 36 years.

CCPB, the local bottlers and distributors of Coca-Cola products in the Western and Northern Cape, will once again keep cyclists hydrated and refreshed as they embark on the scenic, and often gruelling, 109km route.

The CCPB special events and logistics team will begin setting up the hydration points along the route from midnight on race day. Three hundred dedicated crew and 37 transport trucks will make all of the magic happen with Coca-Cola and Powerade as they work through the early hours of the morning in preparation for the race, which sets off at 6am.

Dan Davis, Marketing Activations Manager at CCPB, said, “Hydration is key at such a big cycling event, where the sheer number of people already poses a logistic and safety challenge. We urge participants to keep hydrated throughout the race.

“There will once again be 14 refreshment points where we will deliver a selection of drinks, including 113 800 litres of water, 54 444 litres of Coca-Cola and 42 000 litres of Powerade. And to top it all off, 60 tonnes of ice will be delivered to keep the drinks, and cyclists, cool and refreshed.”

The Cape Town Cycle Tour has the following hydration tips for cyclists*:

  • On a hot day, the average rider should be drinking between 400ml and 600ml per hour to ensure that they remain hydrated; it is critical to maintaining a balance between being under-hydrated and overhydrated.
  • The key to good, balanced hydration is to listen to your body. Drink between 400ml and 600ml or as your thirst dictates.
  • If you are feeling overheated, stop and pour some water over your head and body when you reach the next water point. Wet clothes will keep you cool as you start to cycle again. The ice available at most of the water points can also be used to cool down your core temperature; apply the ice to your neck and under your arms.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the busiest races for the CCPB team and safety and security are of the utmost importance. We are very pleased to have been partnered with this world-renowned cycling tour for the past 36 years and wish all cyclists a fantastic race and all the best to the organising team,” concludes Davis.

*Information obtained from Cape Town Cycle Tour website: http://www.capetowncycletour.com/advice/medadvice/

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.