Over 2 billion PET plastic bottles were recycled in South Africa last year. Plastic bottle recycled tonnage in SA has grown by over 800% since 2005. PETCO* has announced their 2016 recycling figures. These indicate that the annual PET recycling rate has grown from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015, to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target. PETCO recycled an additional 22% of post-consumer bottles in comparison to the previous year, with the total PET market growing by 14.8% to 241 269 tonnes. PETCO CEO, Cheri Scholtz, commented, “PETCO is delighted with the latest figures. Through the remarkable network of people, companies and organisations we work with, 2 billion PET bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa during the course of 2016, creating some 62 000 income opportunities for small and micro-collectors, and changing their lives and those of their families in immeasurable ways.” The voluntary recycling fee paid annually by PETCO members on every tonne of raw material purchased has enabled the payment of a total of R1.9 billion by our contracted recyclers to collectors for baled bottles since the inception of PETCO in 2004, ensuring the collection of PET bottles for recycling is sustained, and resulting in almost 800 000 tonnes of carbon and over 3 million m3 of landfill space saved to date. Casper Durandt, Chairman of PETCO and Senior Technical Operations Manager Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa, also commented “While this is an extremely proud accomplishment for PETCO, we could not have achieved this without the dedicated partners we work with that have made extraordinary contributions to the recycling of post-consumer PET in South Africa, thereby enabling PETCO to expand our collection network, build relationships with recyclers, seek new opportunities to develop and support entrepreneurs, and ultimately grow our recycling tonnages.” Adds Chandru Wadhwani, Joint Managing Director of Extrupet (Pty) Ltd. and PETCO . . .
Port Elizabeth, March, 27, 2017 - Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a laid-back but vibrant location with entertainment for the whole family, Port Elizabeth is the perfect destination. It’s not only rich in award-winning wildlife destinations and some interesting museums, but also home to spectacular beaches. And it’s not known as the 'Friendly City' for nothing, as visitors will agree that people in PE are very warm, and always make you feel at home. With public holidays and the Easter weekend approaching, PE is an ideal long weekend road trip destination. Apart from the hours of sunshine visitors can expect to enjoy, here are some of the top 10 attractions in the Friendly City. 1. Addo Elephant National Park Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and is home to all of Africa’s ‘Big 7’, namely elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and the great white shark. Whether for day trips, picnics, or staying over in the caravan park, this location offers visitors a memorable wildlife experience. 2. Maitland Sand Dunes If you are looking for hours of fun and a dash of adrenaline, then you’re sure to enjoy sand boarding at the Maitland Sand Dunes. The dunes are easily accessible and, while it may be a challenging trek up to the top, it’s worthwhile for the spectacular views and scenery, and the best part - sliding down. 3. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World With a variety of entertainment, shopping, family fun, and dining, Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World offers every member of the family something exciting and fun to see and experience. 4. Beaches With more than 40 kilometers of golden sand along the Algoa Bay coast, Port Elizabeth is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in South Africa. King’s Beach is one of three beaches in the Friendly City to have been awarded Blue Flag Status, meaning that, in addition to its scenery and attractions, it is . . .
Outsourcing can potentially add value, cut costs, support business growth and enhance customer-business relationships. An impressive list of attributes that sometimes mask the reality that selecting the wrong outsourcing partner can result in the business experiencing few of the benefits, with some added new challenges. The Industrial Development Corporation has indicated that globally Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is in the midst of a growth surge with an anticipated $202.6-billion by the end of 2016 and a five-year compound annual growth rate of 5.3%. “To get the benefits, the business must select a BPO partner carefully and with due consideration,” explains Teryl Schroenn, Chief Executive Officer, Accsys. “The first step is to ensure that there is a compatibility between what your business wants to achieve and what a potential partner offers. Then, once you’ve found this compatibility, you must be prepared to pay for it.” Many organisations are unprepared for the price tag that can come with an outsourcing solution. Some might commence at a higher cost than what the business currently spends on their day-to-day running of systems. However, if they deliver on their promise, the long-term savings and benefit to business should be significant. “Define what you want from the relationship, and know what will support your business growth and what will hamper it, and ensure these parameters are met from the outset,” explains Schroenn. “Be sure to share this with your BPO partner. This will also keep them aligned with your strategic goals and help you to identify areas where you are not receiving the right levels of delivery.” The partner checklist In addition to ensuring alignment and compatibility, an essential step in selecting the right partner is to check their credentials and stability. If they’re not stable or competent, then they can damage the business significantly, so request referrals and look for deep experience. “The whole point of . . .
Time to shine Gold Travel, a corporate travel management company and industry stalwart, revealed a new look and image on 1 March 2017. The company is one of Cape Town’s longest-standing corporate travel companies with a track record of over 40 years in the industry. They are currently updating their website and internal processes and procedures to provide a more efficient, professional and personalised experience for their clients. Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, says, “We took an honest look at the way we do things and decided it was time for a change - we want to show our clients that we are adapting but within a given framework – we are the same people, but doing business a little differently and a whole lot better. As a small business, it is possible for us to do more; to go the extra mile.” This rebrand comes in line with the opening of a second Gold Travel branch in Centurion and further expansion plans are under way for a third branch in Midrand, Gauteng. The company is also eager to extend their footprint into Africa as their portfolio covers a lot of travel to the likes of Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, and many of their clients have offices in those countries. Laker believes that the travel service industry should be embracing technology rather than resisting it; ‘we want to revolutionise the way we do business and challenge the norm, while keeping our personal focus on our clients and their needs. With adopting new systems and technology the idea is for Gold Travel to duplicate the formula so that it can be rolled out to all new branches, a kind of “plug-and-play” scenario, creating a seamless transition for both client and consultant. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Remember that period in human history when mankind had to pay for goods by bartering with pieces of meat and wild berries? Probably not. For most people, imagining a world without the physical presence of cash and cards is like trying to explain what water tastes like. Impossible. Well, that cashless, card-free culture has returned– only this time payments have undergone a much more sophisticated evolution. Through the brilliance of mobile-app technology, your smartphone is now also an advanced payment portal. The Zapper app is one such mobile payment technology. By allowing users to successfully pay at restaurants and retailers with the quick scan of a QR code, it is enhancing the customer experience considerably. Payments are easier, faster and the app offers a host of other benefits for users to enjoy a lifestyle of convenience. But while wildly popular, there are still many misconceptions about mobile payments that make people nervous about adopting them into their lifestyle. Here are 5 myths and concerns about mobile payments that Zapper has debunked to put your mind at ease: Mobile Payments Are Unsafe Security is always a big human concern, especially when in relation to personal finances. For this reason, Zapper uses high encryption to ensure that card details are secure. Zapper transactions are also processed by one of the most advanced fraud-protection systems so that transactions are always safe. Smartphones are Riskier than Wallets Wallets have cash in them, cards that can be cloned, driver’s licenses and other bill receipts with personal information on them that a criminal can use to make purchases in your name. This makes them much riskier. Zapper has a pin-setup feature in place so that nobody can get their hands on your money. There are Hidden Costs Zapper doesn’t charge users any additional fees. Paying with Zapper is the same as swiping your card. Mobile Payments Won’t Catch On There are already more than half a . . .
Max Elkington Continues Winning Streak in Billabong Junior Series Max Elkington continued his phenomenal winning streak by claiming his 15th national age group event title when he clinched the U16 Boys crown in the Billabong Junior Series presented All Aboard Travel at Loch Ness in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year in October was held in good waves at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday before small waves and onshore winds saw organisers move to the open ocean ‘wildside’ where the finals were completed in tricky head-high surf. Elkington, 15, caught the best wave that came through in the final and belted a series of radical manoeuvres to register his sixth consecutive Billabong Junior Series event win, pocketing R1,200 and taking the early lead in the series rankings. Fellow Kommetjie resident Eli Beukes hung onto second place ahead of Bryce Du Preez (East London) and Dillon Hendriks (Jeffreys Bay) who were third and fourth respectively. In the U16 Girls’, Kayla Nogueira turned the tables on fellow Durbanite S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (who won the series title last year) in a tightly fought duel where the winning points were scored on the last ride of the final. Tayla de Coning (East London) and Zoe Steyn (Kalk Bay) took the minor places. The U14 Boys was another tight affair with Daniel Emslie, up from the U12 division last year, found the best backup wave after all four finalists registered one good ride each. Nate Spalding (Durban), Mitch du Preez (East London) and Travis Pearce finished in that order. Kayla Nogueira secured her second title at the event when she dominated the U14 Girls division, winning each heat she contested including the final where the Durbanite finished in front of Lisa van Heerden (Strand) and Aimee du Preez (EL). Caroline Brown (CT) incurred a priority interference penalty that saw her lose one of her two . . .
The last day of this year’s Absa Cape Epic was filled with joy, relief, accomplishment and pride. After the 691km of the 2017 race had been conquered by the riders, we decided that the winners of our Stage 3 #ConquerAsOne moment, are the ultimate example of what Conquer as One means. 29-year-old Bruce Campbell did not only defy everything that medical doctors and textbooks say about the human body, but his story touched everyone around him - including us. Pompe disease is a neuromuscular disease that causes extreme muscle weakness and pain, because of a buildup of a complex sugar called glycogen in the body's cells. This impairs organs from functioning normally, and ultimately means that the body burns its own fat when exercising or during any other strenuous activity. Despite this Bruce has overcome this condition to complete his first Absa Cape Epic, with his partner, Anthony Daniels. “Nothing in life should hold you back from chasing your dreams,” an emotional Bruce said after crossing the finish line. Bruce’s determination and contribution to raising awareness to this rare disease inspires us - that’s why his performance at this year’s Absa Cape Epic has won our #ConquerAsOne moment for the 2017 event. On another note, there are also wedding bells in the air. Absa Pride’s very own, Nico Kotze and Yolandi Steyn entered the Absa Cape Epic together in 2015, they decided that if they managed to finish the race, they would move in together. They crossed the line 47th in the mixed teams category, so as promised, they took their relationship to the next level. This year they took part once again, but Nico wanted to make 2017 even more memorable than it was in 2015. The only way he saw fit, was to propose to Yolandi just as they crossed the finish line - and she said yes. We’re wishing them all the best and we hope to see them again next year. Throughout the 2017 race, Absa celebrated the spirit of teamwork and perseverance with the #ConquerAsOne . . .
That’s A Wrap! Billabong Junior Series Presented By All Aboard Travel event # 1 done and dusted. Competitive surfing has returned to Port Elizabeth, and it came back with a bang. The only way to describe the Billabong Junior Series event # 1 was a resounding success. From the excellent waves that were had by all competitors on the opening day at Pollock beach, to the decision to go mobile and relocate to Lochness on the wild side, it was the sort of event that people will remember. On top of that, Billabong always put on a good event, with surfers well looked after and kept warm and fed, so the vibe for the event was pretty amazing. Being the first event of a series there is always much excitement and a little bit of desperation as surfers want to set their tones for the year so to speak, to come across as fierce and strong and determined for the year. The standout girl of the event was without a doubt Kayla Nogueira from Durban who took top honours in two divisions and proved her self as a force to be reckoned with going forward. Kayla is a product of the High Performance Surfing Academy in Durban and has been hard at work for the last six months to up her game and get to a place where she is comfortable in competition and knows the way to get those two high scoring waves and maximize her chances of victory. Winning both the U14 Girls and U16 Girls is no small feat, and big congratulations must go to her. In the boys division there were so many surfers who were on fire and at the end of the day it was young Max Elkington who took top honours in the competitive U16 Boys division, catching one of the best waves of the final day with just a few minutes to go in the final. he beat fellow Capetonian surfer Eli Buekes into second place while another top cape town surfer Luke Slijpen won the VonZipper air show for a huge forehand waft. Nelson Mandela Bay surfer Dillen Hendricks as the highest placed local surfer in the U16 Boys final, where he placed . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Event # 1 Day 1 Frothing groms is all the signs you need that there is going to be a whole lot of fun at a surf event. It’s the one indicator that shows that everyone is going to be in for a treat. It all starts off with waves though. When the ocean provides then everyone has his or her winner faces on. Down at Pollock beach that’s exactly what happened to kick off the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard. There were some lekker three-foot waves, a few bigger sets, and clean and crisp conditions to kick the whole thing off. “The waves were pretty good throughout the day,” said an enthused Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager. Billabong have put a lot into their Junior Series over the last 20 years, and it has proven to reap benefits for the surfing community at large. Products include the inimitable Jordy Smith, tenacious Travis Logie and the elegant Bianca Buitendag. Modern day surfers to benefit and to use the tour as a launch pad include surfers like Beyrick de Vries, Mikey February, Dale Staples and Matt McGillivray. “Apart from the four-part junior series we are also involved in the City Surf Series,” continued D’Arcy, adding “we will be back here in Port Elizabeth in two weeks time, where Billabong will present the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro, so exciting times ahead.” The waves continued to pour through throughout the day, and with a smaller forecast predicted for the second day of the event, contest organisers pushed through. Summer Sutton was one of the stand-outs of the day, comfortably winning her opening heat in the Girls U16 division. “The waves were really fun and I’m really glad that I came first,” said Summer after her heat. “It's a nice way to start the first Billabong Junior event and I’m excited for the next round. The waves are really nice for Pipe and I hope we get some good waves again tomorrow.” Sumer, who hails from Cape Town, felt at home in the . . .
The Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel gets underway at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth this weekend with the first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including 2016 world title runner-up Jordy Smith and former CT campaigners Bianca Buitendag, Travis Logie, and Rosy Hodge along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and Matt McGillivray. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 March, this weekend’s event features 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) events for U16, U14, U12 and U10 boys and girls with prize-money in all divisions and ranking points counting towards both the Billabong Junior Series and South African Surf Tour (SAST) 2017 titles. “We are excited to be launching the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series in Port Elizabeth,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s a great time to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.” All Aboard Travel, the new presenting sponsor for the series, will up the ante by providing tickets to Bali for the overall series winners of the U18 Men’s and Women’s JQS Pro Jnr divisions. BOS Ice Tea will enhance their long standing support for junior surfing by taking the title sponsorship for the second event in the series, the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong in Cape Town in May. The U10 division, supported by Sea Harvest, makes its debut in the Billabong Junior Series and has been introduced to foster and encourage youngsters to become involved in competitive surfing as early as possible. The huge entry from the country’s top surfers aged 16 and under for this weekend is headed by Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) and S'Nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) . . .