South Africa’s eco-heroes

This year’s Eco-Logic Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, was a celebration of the visionaries and innovators who are finding solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges. The Awards took place at the CSIR in Tshwane last night and honoured individuals and organisations who are contributing to a sustainable future. Pictured above is Charne Blignaut, winner of the Eco-Youth Award in her upcycled outfit made from instant cappucino packets and soda can tabs at the glamorous event, which was a highlight of Sustainability Week.

In his opening address, Enviropaedia editor and host of the event, David Parry-Davies said, “For those who will be accepting these awards tonight, you are our very own eco-heroes who look at the environmental challenges in our world as opportunities to pioneer solutions and achieve sustainable growth. Your contributions are of paramount importance in developing the green economy and green jobs in our country and we honour you with this token of our appreciation.”

Guests came dressed in their gorgeously green attire. The best dressed was Dr Michelle Henley Head Researcher at Elephants Alive! and Craig Spencer, Founder of Black Mamba’s Anti-Poaching Unit who won luxury safari holidays at White Elephant Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal.

Each award winner was honoured on stage for their remarkable efforts as eco-logical individuals and organisations.

The Gold award winners for each category included:

  1.     The Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Sun International): Local Action for Biodiversity: Wetlands South Africa.
  2.     The Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs): Simply Sustainable.
  3.     The Eco-Innovation Award (supported by the City of Tshwane): Solar Veranda.
  4.     The Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by Eskom): Hot Spot by AET Africa.
  5.     The Recycling and Waste Management Award: Reliance Compost.
  6.     The Transport Award (sponsored by SANRAL): Bicycles and Beyond.
  7.     The Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Coca-Cola Beverages SA): Water Explorer by WESSA.
  8.     The Green Economy Award (sponsored by NCPC-SA): GreenCape Sector Development Agency by GreenCape.
  9.     The Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam): Atteridgeville Recycling Park by City of Tshwane.
  10.     The Eco-Community Award (sponsored by CHEP): Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.
  11.     The Eco-Youth Award: Charne Blignaut of CB Scientific
  12.     The Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties): Nonhlanhla Joye of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.
  13.   The Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by SodaStream): Lorraine Jenks of Hotelstuff / Greenstuff.

“I feel so honoured that my hard work has been acknowledged and celebrated; I hope to inspire other young people to take action in protecting our eco-systems. Together, we can make a difference and positively influence our future,” says Charne Blignaut of CB Scientific and winner of the Eco-Youth Award.

“The calibre of winners is truly impressive, from the interactive water saving mission of Water Explorer who won the gold award in the Water Conservation category, to the incredible innovation of Solar Veranda, winner of the Eco-Innovation Award; they have all inspired us,” concludes Parry-Davies.

Enviropaedia would like to thank all the sponsors who sponsored the Eco-Logic Awards 2017, these include CHEP; the City of Tshwane; Coca-Cola South Africa; David Green Eyewear; the Department of Environmental Affairs; Mico IT Recycling; National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC); Eskom; Pam Golding Properties; SANRAL; Santam; Sodastream and Sun International without whom the event would not have been possible.

Keep up to date with the annual Eco-Logic Awards by visiting the website http://www.enviropaedia.com and find out more on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Enviropaedia) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/EcoLogicAwards).

A responsible growth strategy

It is not only consumers; it is all of your stakeholders who want to know what your business is doing to be socially and environmentally responsible. This influencing factor has the potential to build or break down your reputation; therefore, having authentic ‘Corporate Social Investment’ (CSI) initiatives is key to sustainable growth in any organisation.

The latest King IV report, launched by the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) at the end of last year aims to reinforce principles of good corporate governance, ethical leadership, and sustainable development. The report starts off by speaking about a ‘changed world’1. An influencing drive for the change in corporate governance is climate change, as well as the environmental impacts which also affect people. This points to the fact that social and environmental issues are intertwined can never be treated separately. The quality of the environment and the resources it has to offer has a direct influence on the quality of life of the people living there. Businesses are also a part of society and therefore are in the advantageous position to have a positive influence towards change that addresses social and environmental issues.

“CSI, purely as a marketing attempt is not a good strategy. It is imperative to have an ongoing investment towards positive change,” says Chris Bischoff, research and sustainability specialist at Reputation Matters.

In this day and age, your average consumer is much more tuned in on specific environmental and social issues. Mentioned in King IV, social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter, is creating a world of radical transparency, especially when it comes to being transparent about environmental performance. More and more institutions and businesses are getting caught out, especially on social media, for not ‘walking their environmental talk’. This is known as ‘greenwashing’, saying that you have a responsibility towards reducing your environmental impact or footprint, however certain business decisions and actions suggest otherwise. This is why it is so important to have an authentic approach to your CSI initiatives.

“Not only does it pay dividends for the environment and the well-being of people, having an authentic commitment to environmental and social responsibility makes business sense. You open up the opportunity of becoming a strategic alliance. People and businesses want to be involved with other organisations that are socially and environmentally responsible, our research has shown this,” adds Bischoff.

CSI is a two way investment; in one sense it means investing in uplifting the quality of living of a society, and in another sense investing in that area of business that contributes to your corporate reputation. Having well-thought CSI initiatives aligned to your organisation’s vision and values will encourage employees to embody this responsibility, reflecting in their actions and decisions, and most likely taking this culture home from work.

If you would like to what people think about your corporate social and environmental responsibility, read more about Reputation Matters ‘Sustainability check’, a research tool which provides insight into stakeholders’ perceptions on your social and environmental responsibility.

1Institute of Directors Southern Africa (2016). King IV, Report of corporate governance South Africa.

Extraordinary leadership required: African mayors rise to the occasion

CAPTION: Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Councillor Solly Msimanga, explains how important local government leadership is in the sustainability of cities.

Is civilisation under siege from the weather? In South Africa, you could be forgiven for thinking that’s the case. Climate change is wreaking havoc, causing drought, storms, and wildfires. Who is there to lead us out of danger? Curiously enough, the answer is to be found in your local municipality.

Mayors are the unlikely solution to our collective problem, if they can get their act together in time and lead responsibly. This message rang loud and clear during the plenary session of the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF), held at the CSIR International Convention Centre, in the city of Tshwane.

Pressing home the point to an audience that included 28 mayoral delegations from countries throughout Africa, Parks Tau, President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), said, “In the past several months SA has been affected by protracted drought, storms, and fires. These phenomena provide mind-boggling confirmation that climate change is not a myth. On the contrary – as the people of Knysna know to their cost – climate change threatens not only the lives and livelihoods of ordinary citizens, but also the very infrastructure assets on which basic service delivery depends. As local leaders we are at the coalface of managing these extremes and the dire consequences for the communities we serve.”

It’s a formidable challenge, admitted the City of Tshwane’s executive mayor, Councillor Solly Msimanga. Seventy percent of the African population is going to be living in cities in the not-too-distant future. “They’re going to need jobs, but they’re also going to need to live in cities that are resilient to climate change. The urban sprawl we are seeing at the moment, where people build first and plan later, is simply unsustainable. We have to plan the future better, so that our cities are future-proof.”

Msimanga reminded delegates that the purpose of the ACCSF – now in its third year – is to forge a network and fellowship among African capital city mayors to advance city sustainability in Africa.

“Adopting sustainability as a primary objective of service delivery and urban development will result in greater prosperity and safety for city residents,” he said.

“It means providing for the pressing service delivery needs of our citizens while safeguarding the environment on which our cities depend. This includes creating the conditions for business to flourish, especially by leveraging the green economy. It is within the power of mayors and civic leaders to make this happen.”

Sound visionary? So it should, for vision is an integral element of responsible leadership. Without responsible leadership, service delivery and investment are flatly unthinkable –  or so says former Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament Pravin Gordhan.

In a trademark delivery combining brevity, precision and dry-to-caustic wit, Gordhan left delegates in no doubt as to what it takes to be considered a responsible leader.

“There’s a crisis brewing in the world and Africa,” he said. “Growing alienation between business and political leaders on the one hand, and citizens on the other, is being caused by growing inequality, and a growing perception that the elite enjoy what others don’t.”

Gordhan continued by saying that responsible leadership demands that leaders take cognisance of this unfolding reality and recognize that this alienation is harmful. Already it has resulted in political upheaval in the Western world, with alienated citizens making political choices of great concern (Trump, Brexit, the “coalition of chaos” in the UK).

And the role of local government?

“From our point of view, governance in a local government context is extremely important,” Gordhan emphasized. “Cities, towns and villages are becoming magnets for people to assemble around. Cities are seen as points where economic opportunity and enterprise are concentrated: people are hopeful of a better future in a city. In some instances, however, where we are not offering the right kind of vision and planning, cities have become centres of disappointment and despair.”

A better organized city offers more economic opportunities, particularly to the young, and hope for a better quality of life. South Africa’s badly planned cities, with their apartheid spatial planning legacy, have to be turned around – and it is local government’s responsibility to make this happen. Gordhan also touched on the scourge of corruption.

“Corruption is a societal disease,” said Gordhan. “The public is very alive to the fact that corruption exists. To turn it around, we want good governance with ethics and integrity, so we need to set our own standards.”

From an investment point of view, said Gordhan, investors want to see leaders with clear vision, planning capability, competent basic service delivery, and service continuity.

“If we can guarantee those things, we will attract investors from across Africa and the world. We don’t have enough capital to invest so we need to attract them,” he said.

For more information about Sustainability Week, visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/; for more about the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum, visit http://www.africancapitalcities.org/. Join Sustainability Week on Facebook at Sustainability Week SA or tweet them: @SustainWeekSA.

Don’t risk losing valuable business data

“Many businesses do not have the resources or inclination to track the latest computer news, security threats, or even common IT tips. As a result, they frequently make mistakes; the key is knowing when to call in the experts to help,” says Mark Veck, Owner and Director at Unit IT.

According to Mark, many organisations go without technical support. “They choose to rely on an employee or a staff member’s friend who is ‘interested in computers’ to provide technology advice or assistance when critical systems fail or slow down unacceptably. Some turn to their hardware manufacturer’s telephone support line for help, only to be disappointed when the solution to many problems is to reinstall software. “This means all previous data is lost, which can be disastrous for a business,” says Mark. “These troubleshooting support methods are not cost-efficient, nor are they effective administration options.”

Mark and his business partner, Richard Kanathigoda started Unit IT in 2012, with 14 years of combined previous experience in providing Managed IT services. The business provides IT solutions for companies in various industries across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Their clients around the world are serviced from their offices in Cape Town, at The Bureaux’s flexible workspace in the Woodstock Exchange, and in London, UK.

According to Mark, there are two other common mistakes businesses fall victim to: poor back up strategies and security failures. “Despite numerous choices and methods, many organisations fail to adequately back up data,” says Mark. “This is a mistake that can be unrecoverable. Since data backups are so critical to an organisation’s livelihood, businesses must make sure the right data is being backed up and that it is done as frequently as required.”

Regarding IT security, Mark explains that businesses everywhere are victims of compromised systems, robotic attacks and identity and data theft. “Organisations that fail to properly secure client and customer data often find themselves in the middle of security crises that result in bad press, lost sales, and forfeited customer trust – all things which one should wisely avoid.”

Mark’s top tip is to outsource appropriately. “As a growing small business, leverage the expertise and economies of scale that vendors can provide, rather than trying to build out ancillary departments, like an IT support team. Outsourcing means you can orient your workforce around your business expertise and have more time to focus on your strengths.”

Wise advice, from Mark whose business is a success story itself. “Our company has grown vastly over the last two years, and thanks to the flexibility of The Bureaux’s shared office space we were able to expand because they could accommodate our growing need for more office space,” says Mark.

Greg Beadle, Founder of The Bureaux says, “Unit IT have been based at our Woodstock Exchange shared office space since 2012. As their Cape Town team has grown from two to 44 staff, we have provided more desk space to the business, allowing them the flexibility to expand seamlessly without the hassle of relocating or paying for unused space in a larger office.”

For more information about Unit IT, visit www.unit-it.co or contact: +27 87 828 0270 or email: info@unit-it.co

For more information about The Bureaux, visit thebureaux.co.za or contact: +27 87 470 0369 or email: info@thebureaux.co.za. For more information about Bureaux Black, visit bureauxblack.com or contact +27 87 470 0369. Find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thebureaux/.

Be prepared for the harsh winter elements

With the recent downpour in Cape Town dubbed #CapeStorm, disadvantaged communities remain vulnerable to the effects of harsh winter months. Local non-profit, Mustadafin Foundation has been committed for the past 31 years to serving and assisting communities affected by severe weather conditions. In partnership with the City’s Disaster Management Centre, the Foundation provides relief to those affected by floods and fires.

Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, says, “During the recent storm in the Western Cape, we assisted over 500 families in disadvantaged communities. This is in addition to the 15 000 people we feed daily in New Horizon, Valhalla Park, Delft, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. The area that was hit the worst during the storm was Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, where people had to move to a safer space as their homes got destroyed during the harsh winds. With the assistance of the City we were able to provide communities with much needed clothing, blankets and cooked food.”

The Foundation also donated water to residents in Knysna following the devastating fires.

The non-profit started its first winter warmth distribution in St Helena Bay on Saturday, 20 May 2017 and will continue to assist communities in the coming months by providing blankets, warm meals, gloves, beanies, scarves and socks.

“Knowing that winter is the coldest season of the year and although it comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival, particularly the frail and vulnerable. Young and old should be cautious during the winter season by preparing for harsh weather conditions,” says Johnstone-Cassiem.

Johnstone-Cassiem provides the following guidelines to keep warm and safe this winter:

1.     Keep the cold out

“Place a plastic bag between two socks to keep your feet warm and cover the windows with old newspaper and blankets to keep the winter draft out,” guides Johnstone-Cassiem.

2.     Beware of fire risk items

“Residents should be increasingly vigilant of frayed electrical wires on appliances, burning candles, paraffin heaters, matches, and fire places. These are all fire risks items, which have contributed to the recent fires that have devastated informal settlements in the Cape Peninsula. Make sure you extinguish fires before going to bed; never leave any fire unattended,” says Johnstone-Cassiem.

The Foundation’s winter warmth project is currently underway and Capetonians are encouraged to assist where possible. “Residents can assist by donating food, clothes, and blankets; items that will be much needed in disadvantaged communities during the harsh winter months,” concludes Johnstone-Cassiem.

To find out how you can assist and for more information on Mustadafin Foundation, call (021) 633 0010 or visit www.mustadafin.org.

 

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Entertaining evening with enthusiastic entrepreneurs

Roll up wallets, farming with no land, coloured tyres and athleisure clothing were some of the exciting ideas young entrepreneurial minds pitched at last night’s “Pitch Off” hosted by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) in Parow Industria. Eighteen teams from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a visiting student group from Belgium and fledgling entrepreneurs from the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) of Entrepreneurial Development (at UCT) embraced the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. 

UCT team, Instinct, walked away with the R5000 winning pitch for their ‘Eco Band’. Their safety armband has a built-in panic button and allows loved ones to be tracked when they can’t be found. The judges indicated that the group presented well and got to the point quickly. The group also outlined the profitability of their solution; something which is always important to remember when pitching to potential investors.

“There is no doubt about the great value of developing an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages. “They possess great energy and potential to contribute to economic prosperity, job creation and ultimately to improve the community in which they operate. We are thrilled to partner with the Raymond Ackerman Academy and the Development Unit for New Enterprise on this exciting journey. The talent, potential and opportunities shared this evening have been incredible and we thank all the participants for their interesting pitches, and we wish them well on their entrepreneurial journey,” concludes Urquhart.

The Belgian student pitches included: Let’s Sport, E-Exam, Uber Police, Invisible Winner, Bottle Up and an Anti-Rape Detection Kit, while the young entrepreneurs from the RAA pitched business concepts and ideas across health, travel and food. Let’s Sport (Higher Institute of Learning Kempen, Belgium) and #WhyTravel (RAA) were the runner-up winners.

Eco-Logical leaders, innovators and achievers to be celebrated at the Eco-Logic Awards 2017

South Africa’s leading individuals, organisations and communities will once again gather to celebrate the foremost innovations and achievements of the green industry at the annual Eco-Logic Awards ceremony, hosted by Enviropaedia on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 at the CSIR in Tshwane. The key focus of the Awards is to honour and promote the country’s pioneers in sustainability who strive to solve our most pressing and urgent environmental challenges.

The Eco-Logic Awards 2017 gala ceremony will be a bonanza of glamorously green ideas and innovation. Guests can look forward to hearing about the positive strides made in a diverse range of environmental challenges including biodiversity, climate change, energy efficiencies, transport and water to name a few. Radio personality, Africa Melane will be the master of ceremonies. Finalists and winners will be recognised and honoured by environmental thought leaders, celebrities, sponsors, top business executives, government, municipal and community representatives.

David Parry-Davies, editor of The Enviropaedia and driving force behind the Awards says, “We are amazed and delighted by the calibre of entries that we have received for this year’s Awards, and seeing the great strides individuals and corporate South Africa have made in creating a more sustainable future for us all! Yet again, we have received high-quality entries from corporates, municipalities, environment and development organisations, communities, SMMEs, and committed individuals.”

The award ceremony takes place as a highlight of Sustainability Week, which runs from 13 to 15 June 2017. Sustainability Week is one of the key events to look forward to during National Environment Month this June. “We are proud to be a part of such a fantastic event and are excited to use the opportunity to showcase sustainable innovations and practices in South Africa,” says Parry-Davies.

To add to the buzz and show that ‘Going Green’ is a cool, fun, fashionable and financially rewarding thing to do, guests and finalists are invited to dress in ‘Glamorously Green’ outfits, or more boldly as their ‘Alter-Eco-Ego’, displaying how they connect with nature as an Eco-Warrior or Eco-Angel. “The best dressed will receive exciting, glitteringly green prizes including eco-watches, luxury safari holidays and chic eco-fashion garments,” says Parry-Davies.

An independent panel of ecologically knowledgeable judges will evaluate the entries, including: Christy Borman, Editor of Earthworks Magazine; Rob Collins, Group Chief Strategy and Operations Officer of Sun International; Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust; Sanusha Govender, Sustainability Group Manager at Santam; Kevin James, Founder and Head of Strategy at Global Carbon Exchange; Africa Melane, host of the Weekend Breakfast Show on CapeTalk; Charles Moore, an award-winning environmental filmmaker; Zaitoon Rabaney, Executive Director of the Botanical Society of South Africa; Tlou Ramaru, Chief Policy Advisor: Sustainable Development at the Department of Environmental Affairs; Ndivhuho Raphulu, Director at the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa; Catherine Ritchie, Marketing and Communication Manager at WESSA; and Anthony Stroebel, Group Marketing Director at Pam Golding Properties.

“The level of innovation in the green space continues to delight and inspire us all and we are looking forward to an evening packed with examples of amazing people and organisations doing wonderful things to drive us forward to a flourishing future eco-logical world,” concludes Parry-Davies.

The Eco-Logic Awards 2017 is proudly sponsored and supported by: CHEP, the City of Tshwane, Coca-Cola South Africa, David Green Eyewear, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Mico IT Recycling, National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), Eskom, Pam Golding Properties, SANRAL, Santam, Sodastream and Sun International.

For more information on the Eco-Logic Awards 2017, please visit: http://www.eco-logicawards.com. They are also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Enviropaedia) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/EcoLogicAwards).

25 Live: A night at the circus

The Parlotones are once again joining creative forces with Zip Zap Circus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cape Town’s very own iconic Circus Academy.

#25LIVE is directed by the combined talents of Brent van Rensburg (Zip Zap co-founder) and Kahn Morbee (Parlotones). It promises to be a night of wonder, combining the comedy and awe-inspiring feats of circus with all the band’s home-grown hits. You do not want to miss it!

Event details:

Dates: Performances are on 30, 31 August and 01 September 2017.

Time: 19:30.

Venue: Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town.

Tickets: R250 available at Computicket or via Artscape-Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695.

VIP Tickets: R1000 (which include hospitality throughout the evening as well as fabulous hampers and artists meet and greet) are available from Zip Zap directly: Jillian on 021 421 86 23 or jillian@zip-zap.co.za.

For more information about Zip Zap visit their website.

Belgian and SA students compete for best business ideas

“Youth Month” sees students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a visiting student group from Belgium and fledgling entrepreneurs from the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (at UCT) competing in a “Pitch Off” on Thursday, 08 June 2017 hosted by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) in Parow Industria. The UCT Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE) Pitch Off competition, supported by CCPB, aims to provide a safe but competitive space for student entrepreneurs to take the first step towards starting their own business as they pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges.

The Belgian students will be in Cape Town for the International Week of Entrepreneurial Management which is a collaboration between UCT’s DUNE, the H-Web, the CVO Hooger Insituut Der Kempen and Thomas More University in Belgium.

The participants from the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) are graduates of the six-month entrepreneurship programme and are currently part of the RAA’s year-long Graduate Entrepreneur Support Service where their businesses are incubated. “The course is for young people who are passionate about business and personal development, who have limited opportunities for accessing tertiary education, finding or creating employment,” explains Elli Yiannakaris, Director of the RAA.

Siphelele Magidigidi, a former RAA graduate who is now the Director and Founder of three companies, says, “The RAA taught me how to identify a problem within society and how to build a business model aimed directly at resolving that particular problem.”

South Africa has among the lowest level of entrepreneurial activity in the world. Despite this, small and medium sized enterprises account for 48% of the Gross Domestic Product and over 50% of employment.

“There is no doubt about the great value of developing an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people. They possess great energy and potential to contribute to economic prosperity, job creation and ultimately to improve the community in which they operate. We are thrilled to partner with the Raymond Ackerman Academy and the Development Unit for New Enterprise on this exciting journey,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages.

Stuart Hendry, Director of DUNE says, “Enhanced entrepreneurship is crucial for economic development. UCT has a unique opportunity to play an important leadership role in building critical mass for the development of entrepreneurs in South Africa.”

Pol Hauspie, serial entrepreneur and founder of Belgium’s H-Web Foundation will be one of the judges on the panel reviewing the creative ideas presented by the students as well as Letitia De Wet, CEO of Enactus South Africa and Rob Hersov, Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. “It is a great privilege for me to mentor young entrepreneurs from Belgium and South Africa by sharing my experience, knowledge and insights,” concludes Hauspie.

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.