Celebrating World Environment Day at Hout Bay Beach

Monday, 05 June 2017 is World Environment Day. Why not celebrate this special day and show your love for the environment by clearing it of unwanted rubbish? Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages will continue its focus on the coastal environment and will be cleaning up Hout Bay Beach with the local community on Saturday, 03 June 2017.

The World Environment Day Beach Clean-up also coincides with World Oceans Day, celebrated a few days later on Thursday, 08 June 2017.

“Cleaning up the environment is just one way of giving back to the communities where we serve. At every beach clean-up, we use the opportunity to talk about the value of recycling plastic items and encourage preservation of natural beauty that we can all enjoy together,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB).

“The beach clean-up at Hout Bay will be a special one as we celebrate World Oceans Day and World Environment Day. As Capetonians, we are lucky enough to say we live beside not one, but two oceans and so we have an increased responsibility to care for marine life in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. If we all do our bit to take care of the environment and dispose of waste responsibly, we can be sure that the next generation will also enjoy this beautiful stretch of coastline around the Cape Peninsula as much as we do.”

Beach clean-ups are a regular item on the calendar at CCPB. The Hout Bay Clean-up follows two very successful series of clean-ups held over New Year and Easter where beaches from Hermanus to Saldanha Bay were part of a clean-up campaign. At each clean-up, enthusiastic locals armed with gloves and refuse bags scoured the beaches for rubbish and recyclables.

The World Environment Day beach clean-up in Hout Bay will be hosted by CCPB and Clean C, a well-known environmental coastal activist organisation. “We encourage residents to keep an eye out on our Facebook page for any changes as the event is weather permitting,” concludes Urquhart.

  • Date: Saturday, 03 June 2017
  • Time: 09:00
  • Venue: Hout Bay Beach, near the River Mouth (meet at Coca-Cola gig-rig near Mariner’s Wharf on Beach Road)

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev or website http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. 

New approaches discussed in managing mine residue stockpiles

Caption: The Risk Based Approach to planning and management of residue stockpiles and deposits on mines was discussed at a workshop hosted by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) Central Branch on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, in Rustenburg in the North West Province.

The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for participants to better understand the proposed amendments to the National Environment Management Waste Act of 2008. Jonathan Shamrock, Vice President of the IWMSA explains: “The changes, presented late last year by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, favour a risk-based approach that should be followed when managing residue stockpiles and deposits on mines. The main aim of this approach is to allow for a pollution control barrier system to be determined on a case by case basis, based on a risk analysis conducted by a competent person.”

Industry leaders gathered to discuss the proposed amendments and learn from experts in the field of mine residue deposits and stockpiles management. The morning proved to be insightful with stimulating discussion time for all those attending.

Marius van Zyl, Technical Director at Jones & Wagener, explained the new Risk-Based Approach which makes use of the Source – Pathway – Receptor Concept: “The model starts with the source; where the pollution comes from. This can be anything from vehicle exhaust emissions to drums that leak oil.” Van Zyl further explained that ‘Pathway’ is the term given to “the medium by which the pollution will travel through the environment, such as air, land or water” and the Receptor is who or what could be affected by the pollution emanating from the source.

James Lake, Principle Scientist at SRK Consulting presented on the planning and management of residue stockpiles and residue deposits. He noted that “The proposed amendments require one to determine the leakage rates through barrier systems, but they do not specify acceptable leakages rates. Once the leakage rate is known, one needs to establish how the environment will be impacted as this will differ from site to site.”

Also from Jones & Wagener was Riva Nortje, Associate in waste and tailings, who spoke about how to estimate leakage rates through pollution control barrier systems. She highlighted how leakage rates can be increased by orders of magnitude through uninformed design and specification, poor construction quality control, and operational issues. The importance of competent, experienced specialists determining reasonable leakage rates, and ensuring that the assumptions made in determining such leakage rates are achieved in design, construction, operation and rehabilitation stages was stressed.

Dr Heidi Snyman, Technical Director from Golder Associates spoke about source pathway receptor modelling and James Lake from SRK spoke about the regulations that govern planning and management of residue stockpiles and deposits. Also attending the workshop was Albert van Zyl, owner at Terrasim Earth Technologies who discussed unsaturated flow modelling and soil covers for stockpiles.

“The workshop proved to be a great opportunity to gather waste management experts to discuss the implications of the regulations on the mining industry, which makes up over 80% of the waste generated in South Africa per year. We will continue to facilitate learning opportunities like this workshop to grapple with amendments to waste management legislation,” concludes Shamrock.

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



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Winning local composers to feature at international choir festival

Two local composers will receive international exposure when the Cape Town Male Voice Choir (CTMVC) and Cenestra Male Choir from Ekurhuleni tour to South America to perform their winning compositions in July this year.

Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke stood out as the winners of the Choral Composers competition with their original compositions, titled ‘In die skadus van my siel’ and ‘A prayer for Africa’ respectively. Bethke and Kritzinger won R10 000 and the prestige of an international premiere performance of their work in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay.

The competition was facilitated by the CTMVC and Cenestra with generous sponsorship from the National Lottery. The judging panel consisted of German choral conductor and lecturer, Professor Martin Berger from Stellenbosch University and Conductor of the Rand Afrikaans University Chorale choir, Michael Dingaan, together with the musical directors of both Cenestra and CTMVC.

CTMVC Chairperson Lewis Rabkin says, “The aim of the competition was to unearth talented South African composers and bring back a focus to male choir singing. The competition showcases the ability of South African choral composers, as we are not yet fully tapping into local potential and talent.”

“The grant from the National Lotteries Commission has made it possible for us to coordinate the Composer Competition and to send our two choirs overseas,” says Rabkin. Members of the choirs will be participating in workshops and master classes at the Melodia! South American Music Festival in which they are performing in Argentina and Uruguay.

Cape Town born composer and organist Bethke, was the Director of Music at Grahamstown Cathedral until recently. He has had other work performed overseas to critical acclaim. Speaking about his winning composition, Bethke says, “I wanted to write a piece which attempted to pull together traditional South African musical techniques and languages, rooting the piece strongly in South African traditional culture.” The composition includes techniques such as a call-and-response, parallel harmonisations and descending melodies which Bethke says are characteristic of Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Tswana music.

Kritzinger started his musical career singing in the Drakensburg Boys Choir and is now a music teacher and choir master for Stellenbosch High Choir and the Viva Cantare Community Choir. Speaking about his work, ‘In die skadus van my siel’ (Afrikaans for ‘In the shadows of my soul’) he says, “I wrote it at my beach house at the coast while listening to the ocean roaring. The house always brings fond memories and while being there one often tends to think about people who are no longer with us. They still dwell in the shadows of our souls, even after time. I did not expect that the composition would win a prize, but am delighted and honoured that the piece will be performed.”

On their tour to South America, the two choirs of 80 men singing in four part harmony will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing an eclectic blend of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin.

The CTMVC will present a preview of their tour programme at a gala farewell concert at Hugo Lambrecht’s Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town on 24 June 2017. Proceeds from this concert will go to Non-Profit Organisation, Link2Grow which seeks to empower women in Cape Town by linking those who have needs to those with resources.

Winners of other prizes

Director of the Access Music Project in Grahamstown, Gareth Walwyn won the prize for best arrangement and Conrad Asman won a special award for being technically sound. Theriso Tsambo and Keboletse Molokwane won scholarships to the value of R5000 for their great potential in composition style.

For more information about CTMVC, contact info@ctmvc.org.za or visit http://ctmvc.org.za/index-2.html. Join CTMVC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CTMVC/.

You Only Live Once (YOLO): Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS amongst young people in Reiger Park

[CAPTION] Novus Holdings’ Future Foundations initiative aims to give ‘a hand up, not a hand-out’ to its beneficiaries by empowering them to grow independently, specifically through education and skills development. With this in mind, Paarl Coldset Johannesburg, which forms part of the Coldset printing division of Novus Holdings, has invested R 70 000 in the Community Crisis Centre in Reiger Park, Gauteng. This investment will contribute towards the You Only Live Once (YOLO) project, which aims to thoroughly educate young people, aged 15-24 years old, about HIV/AIDS and how to avoid risky sexual behaviour.

“The YOLO project is not just about doing talks at schools. The project aims to reach 126 individuals by building relationships with them over a period of time, ensuring that they really understand how HIV/AIDS spreads, how they can prevent being infected and how they can help raise awareness amongst their friends too. We are honoured to be a part of this initiative,” says Johnathan Rose, General Manager at Paarl Coldset Johannesburg.

For more information about Novus Holdings social investment projects visit Futurefoundations.co.za.

For more information about the Community Crisis Centre, visit http://www.crisiscentrerp.co.za/ or call 072 127 9090 / 083 739 3507.

The importance of spelling and handwriting in a digital age

It’s a fair question for parents to consider: why should my child learn to master the skills of spelling and handwriting in a world governed by spellcheckers and keyboards? Isn’t the mere notion of teaching these skills as archaic as attempting to master trigonometry without the use of a scientific calculator? Edublox reading, maths and learning clinic investigates the importance of handwriting and spelling in the learning process and shares some tips on how to identify problems that children may be experiencing.

“Over the last 30 years, we have witnessed many technological changes in the educational landscape. Certain skills, like spelling correctly and being able to write legibly by hand, however, still remain universally relevant,” says Susan du Plessis, Director of Educational Programmes at Edublox. “Although various spell checkers and autocorrect functions may serve as proofing tools in order to communicate clearer messages, it should not deter children from learning the skills in the first place,” she adds.

Du Plessis’s view is one that many educators agree on. In an article published in The Guardian, Edouard Gentaz, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Geneva, articulates how pens and keyboards bring into play vastly different cognitive processes. “Handwriting is a complex task which requires various skills – feeling the pen and paper, moving the writing implement, and directing movement by thought. Children take several years to master this precise motor exercise: you need to hold the scripting tool firmly while moving it in such a way as to leave a different mark for each letter*.”

If children do not master these skills, their spelling is likely to suffer as a result. According to the authors of the book Introduction to Learning Disabilities**, handwriting errors can cause a word to look like another word, where slow, laboured writing of letters may cause a student to forget the word he or she is trying to write. Du Plessis continues: “The skill of spelling embraces many subskills – the ability to perceive the whole in its individual parts, auditory perception of letter sounds and auditory memory, and decoding skills. Together, spelling and handwriting are important foundational skills in the learning process.”

According to Du Plessis, the problem with teaching spelling in a digital age is that good language and strong spelling skills have become optional in the way that we communicate on social media and through the various devices available to us. Search engines are also incredibly forgiving and simply suggests the correct spelling of search terms without even prompting the user to consider where they went wrong. “Traditionally, spelling does not allow any room for ‘creative’ answers or ‘style’; a word is either spelled correctly or it is misspelled. It’s important that parents encourage their children to learn to spell correctly and to use spelling applications and emoticons as secondary tools in the communication process,” she explains.

If parents notice that their children are struggling to spell despite an effort to do so without the help of digital tools, there might be underlying shortcomings that a reputable learning clinic can help to resolve. If the problems are caused by poor handwriting, which includes illegible or exceptionally slow writing, a child might be struggling with dysgraphia (a Greek term that encapsulates symptoms like trouble with pencil grip, mixing up cursive and print, and inconsistent spacing between words).

“Ironically, there are many online programs that are wonderful tools in a reputable learning clinics’ toolkit when it comes to reading and consequently spelling,” adds du Plessis. “Parents must look out for programs that aim to resolve learning and spelling problems and not simply enable the child to manage them better. Search for something that is visually engaging and fun to work with and one that tracks progress so that parents are aware of the child’s improvement.”

“Proper spelling and neat handwriting have definitely not become outdated skills. Especially with the rise of the digital age, parents should pursue solutions if their children are struggling and to value these ‘manual’ skills; without it, we may see language take a back seat in years to come,” concludes du Plessis.


*Chemin, A. (2014). Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? [Online] Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/16/cognitive-benefits-handwriting-decline-typing [Accessed: 2017-04-04].


** Hallahan, D. P., Kauffman, J., & Lloyd, J., Introduction to Learning Disabilities (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall)


Edublox is a leading specialist reading, maths and learning clinic with 24 centres across the country. The Edublox multisensory brain-training programmes enable learners to overcome learning obstacles such as reading, spelling and mathematical difficulties, assisting them to become lifelong learners and empowering them to realise their highest educational goals. Through the various programmes, Edublox has achieved astounding results nationally and internationally. A new and exciting online programme, Edublox Online Tutor, has just launched and children can enjoy the benefits of this offering from the comfort of their own homes. For more information about Edublox, visit www.edublox.co.za or www.edubloxtutor.com or contact 0861-EDUBLOX / 0861 338 256.

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Novus Holdings continues partnership with Department of Basic Education to equip learners

Novus Holdings has been awarded a workbook printing contract from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for a three-year period (2018, 2019 and 2020). This public-private partnership (PPP) will build on the success of the previous workbook project which together with Lebone Litho, Novus Holdings and DSV, delivered over 60 million workbooks on an annual basis to in excess of 26,000 schools countrywide.

“With a first time delivery success rate of over 99,99% to schools, we are encouraged that the partnership with the DBE allows us to help continue making a difference by providing learners with much needed material for their academic journey. As education is the backbone of any society, we are indeed privileged to be part of such an important project,” says Keith Vroon, Chief Executive Officer at Novus Holdings.

The project will aim to provide learners with workbooks that cover literacy, numeracy and life skills in all eleven official languages. It will also assist teachers in creating a stimulating learning experience for learners, providing a platform for equal education across all schools in South Africa.

The workbooks will be printed by Paarl Media, the printing division of Novus Holdings in partnership with Lebone Litho and distributed by DSV.

Learners and teachers are not the only ones that have previously benefited from the workbook project. Over 5,600 people had been employed with a further 2,600 new job opportunities created during the course of the first workbook project.

“The project has proved to be an efficient and structured platform that delivers. It is well-received by schools as learners, teachers and principals are assured of on-time delivery. Together with Lebone and DSV, we are confident that our partnership with the DBE will be just as successful going forward,” concludes Vroon.

For more information about the workbook project and Novus Holdings’ commitment to social responsibility, visit the Group’s website.

Nolufefe Educare Centre in Philippi reopened

The brand new Nolufefe Educare Centre in Philippi was the scene of great celebration as children, parents and community members joined Rotarians and representatives from the Lewis Group at the official opening today, Thursday 04 May 2017.

Last year Nolufefe was on the brink of being shut down (left image) because the building was structurally unsafe. The Rotary Club of Claremont’s Injongo Project stepped in to help, with generous support from the Lewis Group. The children were moved to a temporary venue while building work began and today, smiling children sang and danced in celebration of their new building (right image) which not only looks beautiful, but no longer leaks when it rains.

The project cost more than R1.4 million. Ian Robertson, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont explains that the renovations are not just about structural restoration. “A key priority for the Injongo Project is to ensure that the teachers receive skills-training as part of a holistic approach to improving early childhood development (ECD).”

“We provide training for teachers which empowers them to better educate the learners,” says Pumeza Mahobe, project manager for Injongo Project. “We show them how to use available resources to practically teach children fine motor skills, counting exercises, writing, speaking and reading amongst other things. Now they have a brand new building and the skills they need to really make a difference.”

“It is a great pleasure to partner with the Injongo Project,” says Johan Enslin, CEO of Lewis Group. “We are so proud to make a meaningful impact in the lives of these children and the ones who will follow after them. Nolufefe is now a sustainable centre for early childhood development and learning which will ensure that educational needs are met, paving the way for a brighter future for the next generation.”

This is the fifth year that Lewis have partnered with the Injongo Project, with a total of R 14.5 million invested in sustainably renovating and equipping ECD centres in Philippi. The educare centre is the 13th one to be physically upgraded and the 47th one to benefit from the Injongo Project. This investment makes it the biggest project of its kind in South Africa.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.

For more information on Lewis Group, please visit http://www.lewisgroup.co.za/.