WONDERFUL things can be made out of waste, and The Park Boulevard Centre is calling for primary school learners from Grade 1 – 7 to enter their Recycling competition, where one gets to repurpose items from recycled materials. This competition focuses on the 3R’s of the waste hierarchy’ – recycle, re-purpose & reuse - to show how learners can give waste a new lease on life. Learners are invited to create either 2D or 3D reproductions, which can be individual and unique, and made entirely of used or recycled materials. This is such a great opportunity for schools to teach the children more about recycling and reducing waste while having fun. The aim is to re-purpose from one form of use, to another. Your inspiration could come from recycling plastic bags and turn them into a weaved handbag (when scrunched); or turn a 2L cool drink bottle into a pot plant holder or bird feeder. Be sure to get your entries in before Friday, May 24th. Not only will The Park Boulevard Centre display your creations in Etchings Gallery, but you also stand to win R1 500 cash and R5 000 for your school. Remember, the focus is on ensuring that your recycled or repurposed item can be reused. Basic judging criteria will be on the effective use of recycled or repurposed materials and creativity. This shouldn’t stop you from having fun while coming up with innovative, creative ideas, showcasing your final product. Go to www.parkboulevard.co.za for more terms & conditions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Like many of the avid gardeners that visit Granny Mouse, General Manager, Sean Granger, often struggles with some unwanted guests that make themselves comfortable in our beds and settle down to sumptuous meals made up of the beautiful flowers and foliage in our garden. We’re very aware that chemical pesticides have a negative effect on the environment – not to mention the fact that they’re pretty harmful to humans too. So, rather than put a toxic mint leaf into your cocktail or use a noxious sprig of rosemary with your roast, we have learnt to borrow some of the ingredients from our own larders to concoct organic ways of dealing with unwanted pests. 1. Salt Spray: We use this for treating plants infested with spider mites by mixing two tablespoons of salt into 3.5 litres of warm water. We then pour this into a spray bottle and apply directly on to infected areas. 2. Mineral Oil: We’ve found that mixing a high grade mineral oil (between 10 and 30ml) with a litre of water dehydrates insects and their eggs. 3. Oranges: Citrus is great for eliminating soft-bodied bugs such as slugs, aphids, gnats and mealy bugs. Add the rind of a fresh orange or 1 ½ teaspoons of dried citrus peel to two cups of boiling water. Let this solution rest in a warm spot for 24 hours. Strain and then spray entire plants. 4. Citrus Oil: Ants can be a huge pest in our garden and to stop them in their tracks, we use a combination of 10 drops of citrus essential oil and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. We mix this with a cup of warm water, add it to our spray bottle and nuke the pesky little critters. To tackle slugs, we also use citrus oil, this time adding 30ml to three tablespoons of liquid organic washing soap to a few litres of water. 5. Eucalyptus Oil: When it comes to flies, bees, and wasps, we simply sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil around and they head off in another direction! 6. Onion and Garlic Spray; One minced clove of garlic and a medium-sized organic onion added to a . . .
Over the past two years Lady D, uKhozi FM’s mid-morning on air presenter, has utilised the celebration of her birthday to reach out to the needy and destitute by spending her special day with them. This year will be no different as orphaned children and the old aged from eThekwini will again get to spend time with Lady D and other prominent celebrities, spending time with the children, giving gifts to the old and ensuring that everyone has a super time together. Seeing herself as a mother of the airwaves and the nation, she drives this initiative and encourages many celebrities to donate their time for the benefit of those in need. The two day programme will host 120 orphaned children from the KZN Department of Social Development who will be brought to uShaka Marine World on Saturday, April 13th to enjoy a day comprising of a dolphin show, a visit to Africa’s largest and spellbinding aquarium, getting the opportunity to view resident penguins, seals as well as having the opportunity to have unlimited fun at Wet n Wild experiencing the slides and pools. The children will also be treated to a goodie bag and hang out with many famous Celebrities, DJ’s and Artists, some of which will be Tipcee, Amadada, Dladla Mshunqisi, DJ Sox, Malini , Professor, Amanda Black, Noma (idols), Naima K, Berita, amongst others. On day 2 of the Birthday Drive, Sunday, April 14th, will be an outreach program visiting the elderly at the Tafta Old Age Home in Maoti, Inanda where Lady D and her celebrity friends and partners will spend some quality time, hosting the elderly for a tasty lunch as well as hand out gifts donated by Lady D and her team of celebrities. The DK Network partners for Lady D’s 2019 CSI Birthday programme are Tourism KZN, uShaka Marine World, White Star, Icebolethu Foundation, 3D’s and eThekwini Municipality. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With so much litter being disposed of and causing harm to wildlife, marine life and in turn, our own human lives, it is time to be proactive and start correcting our bad littering habits. Earlier in the week, the Property Manager from Granada Square, Elisabeth Pretorius proudly handed over a donation cheque of R5750 towards cleaning up the local environment and specifically helping to make Umhlanga Rocks a cleaner place for locals and visitors. She also added the importance of supporting community business initiatives such as the Umhlanga UIP and knowing that Granada Square was able to have played a small role in providing assistance. With the donation received from Granada Square, the Umhlanga UIP will use the funds to pay for the staff needed as well as purchasing equipment such as bags, gloves, etc for the volunteers, all of which are needed for a successful clean-up. Dewet Geldenhuys, the Precinct Manager for the Umhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) added, “As with many projects it is difficult to action work without compensation, and the UIP are most grateful for the support from organisations such as Granada Square and volunteers supporting an initiative such as this”! For more information or those wanting to be volunteers for upcoming projects, contact Dewet Geldenhuys on firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.umhlangauip.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 22nd of March was recently celebrated internationally as World Water Day. To mark this day, the Department of Water and Sanitation, CCBSA and Bloemwater engaged in a media brief to give a state of water affairs in the province. The Department of Water and Sanitation Provincial Head, Dr Tseliso Ntili highlighted that everyone needs clean water in line with the National Development goals by 2030 and as a department are making great strides to achieve this state. “In the domestic sector we have various categories of projects where we have invested R700 million towards infrastructure development and raw bulk water schemes where various municipalities are set to benefit”, he said. As part of the world’s leading beverage company, CCBA has a responsibility to use water as respectfully and efficiently as possible. CCBSA Manufacturing Manager, Andre Breytenbach noted that the Coca-Cola system world-wide is targeting to use 1.7L of water to produce 1L of product across operations by 2020. “In South Africa, we have already exceeded this target and have set a target of 1.56 litres of water per litre of soft drink produced. We are committed to maintaining this and further improving on our efficiencies in water management.” The delegates after the media briefing went for a tour of the CCBSA water treatment plant onsite and were shown how water saving can be implemented on a large scale setting. As part of the National Water Week activities from the 18th to 19th of March, CCBSA also participated in the department’s drive in Gariep to fix water leaks, faulty pipes, install taps, washers and toilet cisterns by committing six of its artisans to assist with these repairs. In addition, 10 flow bins were donated which have the same capacity of Jojo tanks to the elderly in the community. Oranje Krag and Norvalpont were the proud recipients of 2 Jojo tanks (5000litre capacity) each which will ensure they have continued water access. Water is a basic need and if all stakeholders . . .
Modern retirees are looking for the freedom to truly enjoy their retirement years, unencumbered by the shackles of day-to-day living. They are seeking a ‘lock-up-and-go’ lifestyle that means living in a beautiful home without the hassles of maintenance, chores and security concerns. Renishaw Hills – the mature lifestyle village on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast – has developed the perfect lock-up-and-go solution for retirees. “The apartments at Renishaw Hills were developed so that those seeking a more liberated lifestyle would be well catered for,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “Located within this coastal paradise, the modern-design apartments provide residents with a holiday-style experience without the hassle of residential upkeep. It’s a complete win-win.” Benefits of the lock-up-and-go lifestyle: - Affordable living Starting at a price of R1.156m, the Renishaw Hills apartments are some of the most affordable, high-quality retirement investments available. By selling a larger home and investing in Renishaw Hills, retirees are able to release equity for more disposable cash. - Hassle-free living The affordability extends into the hassle-free benefits of the Renishaw Hills apartments. The monthly levy amount covers 24-hour security, use of communal sports and recreation facilities, fibre optic Wi-Fi connectivity, house maintenance and insurance, garden services and shuttle services. Everything is taken care of by Renishaw Hills so residents are free to spend their time as they wish. - Freedom At Renishaw Hills, residents don’t need to plan vacations or family visits months in advance because they have the freedom to come and go as they please. Last-minute excursions and spur-of-the-moment events make life worth living, which is why Renishaw Hills’ apartments are such a great choice for those seeking some adventure in life! - Safety A home-owners biggest concern is generally the security of . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre is proud to host renowned snake catcher, herpetologist and founder of KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian & Reptile Conservation on Saturday 13 April, as part of its monthly environmental lecture series, which will take place at the Centre’s Fish Eagle Café at 09h00. Tickets will cost just R50.00 and include an Early Bird Breakfast. The author of “Life of a Snake Rescuer”, Nick Evans, will be sharing his insight and vast experiences on the same topic, most especially the greatly feared and misunderstood black mamba. “I will give people an insight into the fun times, and the tough times, of what it's like conserving some of Africa's most iconic snake species. Conserving snakes is a challenging task, putting one to the test on numerous occasions,” said Evans. Evans added that his task is filled with rewarding, educational and exciting moments, making it really worthwhile. He hopes to give people a better understanding of why snakes deserve to be conserved, and an appreciation for these remarkable reptiles. His book is a personal account of his most memorable snake rescue adventures and his journey to forming an NGO as a chapter of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization in 2015. “I have written about my most thrilling, interesting, humorous and adrenaline-pumping adventures, in this unique line of work!” said an enthusiastic Evans. “We are waiting in anticipation to host a herpetologist of Nick’s caliber. The audience can certainly expect to engage with Nick and hear some thrilling experiences of his many reptile encounters, and gain a greater understanding of these much-feared creatures,” said Martin Rodrigues, manager of Crocworld Conservation Centre. According to Rodrigues, the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal are highly populated with snakes, due to its density and rich biodiversity. Gaining knowledge about how to protect these reptiles will greatly contribute to the preservation of the delicate ecosystems to which they . . .
A Cape Town bottling plant has managed to reduce its waste water by over 60%, saving more than 90 million litres of municipal water since January 2017. The Epping-based The Beverage Company produces over 1.5 million bottles of carbonated soft drinks per week and uses on average 30 000 litres of water per hour. According to the plant manager David Putterill, last year’s looming Day Zero for water supply in Cape Town had less impact on the business “due to the various actions we took in advance of the crisis. In mid-2016 we started various projects to save water and these are on-going. In the last year we have sustained our water saving so that even though the water restrictions have been partially lifted, we keep the same focus on saving water.” World Water Day, a UN initiative, is celebrated on 22 March every year and focuses on the importance of water and this year’s theme is ‘Leaving no one behind’, adapting the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Water conference in May Water also remains one of the key topics and discussion points at the annual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town, where from 14-16 May, the conference will bring together experts from public and private sectors to support municipalities as they become more responsive and efficient in their water practices. Part of this knowledge exchange are the technical site visits taking place on 17 May, including at The Beverage Company bottling plant. “Delegates will see the bottling plant and the water saving projects that were implemented that helped us reduce our waste water and saving million of litres of municipal water” says The Beverage Company’s David Putterill. “They will also see our alternative water supply project that we have initiated to reduce our dependence on the municipal water supply by installing our own boreholes and reverse osmosis plant.” He adds: “it has been . . .
Monday 11 March 2019, Australian born conservationist and docu-journalist Adrian Steirn, who has adopted South Africa as his home country, was recognised by the Queen as the 91st Commonwealth Point of Light for his outstanding service and inspirational work campaigning for conservation. Adrian is the founder of ‘Beautiful News,’ a multimedia storytelling format that uses photography and filmmaking to share the stories of ordinary people in southern Africa whose passion, dedication and commitment inspires, helps or otherwise influences the habitat, and those around them, in a positive way. Through Beautiful News, and with projects such as 21 Icons, Azerbaijan Leopard Project, Pangolin Men in Zimbabwe and the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, Steirn has been at the forefront of pivotal content that has had a large role in stimulating action and discussion around key conservation issues. Steirn has also displayed a unique bravery, putting his life at risk to consistently defend those under threat in their own habitats and expose those who seek to use the environment for their own benefit. In 2018, Steirn received worldwide acclaim and recognition for his brave three-month undercover mission which uncovered a poaching and smuggling syndicate, linked directly to the former first lady Grace Mugabe. Steirn gathered documents, undercover videos and testimonies, which he showed to Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit. Since Steirn’s work in Zimbabwe, over 300 kilograms of illicit ivory has been seized by the authorities and a police investigation against Mugabe regime is currently underway. “To be awarded the point of light award is a great accolade and I deeply appreciate it. It really is an award that represents communities of people that have touched me over the last decade of photographing Africa and speaks back to the value of our natural world and platforms such as Beautiful News.” In 2019, Steirn intends to continue utilising his mastery of storytelling in . . .
We can confidently say that this has never been recorded before in the annals of mankind....... https://youtu.be/ChcEb6mlEUo The above images are available from Barcroft Media who have secured the Worldwide Licensing rights. Any requests for images can be sent to the Barcroft licensing team at: email@example.com Other video by Rainer Schimpf available under license from Barcroft Studios can be seen in the Barcroft Studio Library - search for 'Rainer Schimpf'. Exclusive interviews with Rainer can be booked through the contact form on the AB Marine Web Site. Inside Man For over 20 years Port Elizabeth, South Africa based Rainer Schimpf has lived his passion as a marine conservationist, award winning photographer and tour operator in the marine and adventure sector. His dedication to protecting the environment has made him known around the globe with his particular passion for documenting Orcas killing dolphins, whilst documenting Orcas hunting behavior and pod structure. Schimpf was the first to film and document a handicapped Orca (named SIRA) in Algoa Bay, South Africa. Most of these sightings occurred during the biggest marine migration in the Southern Hemisphere and Indian Ocean - the Sardine Run. Rainer is an acknowledged authority, specialising in tracking and finding Sardines and the predators (Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and sea Birds) that follow and feast on the Sardine Run, having documented this marine spectacle all along the Southern Cape Coast to Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay (which hosts the longest and greatest portion of the Sardine Run up South Africa's East Coast) to the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. Sardine Run divers, Whale and Dolphin Watchers and International Film Crews all rely on Rainer's marine knowledge to 'get the shot'. Over 20 years expertise is distilled into the 'hunt' for cetaceans along the coast. Schimpf is particularly proud of hosting his biggest production for Galatee/Pathe with Oceans and . . .