The Polystyrene Association of SA recently invited officials representing the City of Cape Town, Drakenstein Municipality, JG Afrika and GreenCape on a factory tour to experience first-hand how post-consumer polystyrene collected from local metros, is recycled into lightweight concrete bricks and screed. According to Adri Spangenberg, CEO of the Polystyrene Association of SA, more than 2 000 tons of expanded polystyrene gets recycled annually in South Africa for use in building and construction applications such as the lightweight concrete bricks. “We began supporting lightweight concrete projects in 2012. Over the past six years, the market for this application has seen a tremendous amount of growth and has helped us to grow our recycling efforts exponentially,” Adri says. Owing to the fact that building with lightweight concrete bricks results in considerable savings when it comes to manpower, labour, material and time, municipalities are recognizing this as a good option to help solve both the housing and waste crises in their areas. Whilst initially the cost for a lightweight concrete brick made from recycled polystyrene initially works out the same as for a normal cement brick, developers are able to enjoy significant savings in that it weighs less than half of a conventional brick, has an SABS fire rating and offers excellent insulation against sound and temperature. Furthermore, it takes one day to build a 42 m² home, compared to 3 days when building with conventional bricks. Lightweight bricks also don’t absorb water, meaning that there is no mould and therefore make it a healthier option. According to Adri, they are currently in talks with various municipalities in the Western and Southern Cape about the possibility of building the first Municipal Polystyrene Recycling Hubs. These hubs will be strategically placed in areas to collect post-consumer and post-industrial polystyrene from surrounding areas, with the object of recycling this . . .
Deciding where to retire can prove an incredibly difficult decision, often causing many to delay the move to retirement altogether. There are many holistic retirement estates arising across South Africa that offer a secure, comfortable lifestyle. Residents are able to use all inhouse facilities with access to quality medical care. The KwaZulu-Natal coastline, in particular, is seeing an increasing number of retiree interest. The warm climate and abundant natural beauty are major drawcards, but there is just so much more to coastal living that make it the ideal place for retirement. Here are five reasons, identified by mature lifestyle estate Renishaw Hills, why people are choosing to retire to the coast: 1. Improved sleep When visiting the coast, many people comment on their improved sleep patterns. The soothing sound of the ocean and crisp sea air work wonders on the psyche. But it’s even more than that. The coastal air is charged with negative ions that enhance the absorption of oxygen into the body, boosting serotonin levels – the hormone that induces sleep. This means a deeper, more peaceful sleep which has knock-on positive effects on overall wellbeing. 2. Dr Sunshine In addition to improved sleep, the coastline – particularly in KwaZulu-Natal – will give your body a much-needed boost of Vitamin D in the form of sunshine. Vitamin D boosts the immune system, reducing inflammation connected to various skin conditions. It also strengthens the bones and fights auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Once again, overall wellbeing is improved. 3. Increased social activity According to UK-based research, the Blue Gym initiative, the coastal environment promotes health and wellbeing by increasing physical activity, reducing stress and building stronger communities. The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, in particular, offers an incredible array of outdoor activities which can be enjoyed with like-minded community members. The nearby Aliwal . . .
Health & safety principles, more than just a document - Servest’s Lucky Ncayiyana takes SHEQ to a whole new level Johannesburg, 27 September 2018 - The forthcoming World quality day, which is acknowledged annually, is about the quality management of organisations putting in place competent systems, to ensure that the activity of the said organisation consistently delivers on its promises to customers and stakeholders. It is an assurance framework to help organisations understand operational risk and an improvement framework, to mitigate it and improve on its current operations. [Parts sourced from: https://goo.gl/5UdY4N] At Servest, (SHEQ) quality management is a non-negotiable imperative, in delivering the work the company does for their clients; and in sustaining its own reputation as an integrated services company. SHEQ management is applied across the broad spectrum of Servest’s services, including security, cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping. SHEQ management, is a technical field that applies to several disciplines for compliance and continued improvement of occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Quality factors that impact any organisation. Lucky Ncayiyana is the SHEQ Manager for Servest’s Landscaping and Turf division and his role entails providing strategic leadership and direction to all colleagues, which extends beyond the Landscaping division, such as the driving support in SHEQ programs and initiatives throughout the wider organisation. In Landscaping specifically however, safety is a critical component, as the equipment is technically complex and often entails a high risk in handling it. This means assessing inherent risks to these high-tech machines, as well as controlling the exposure of hazardous substances to colleagues, while keeping landscapes (whether these be golf courses, stadiums, or gardens to name a few) at their best. Among the many initiatives in the division, Lucky is also . . .
TOKARA opens its private gardens for the annual Rare Plant Sale on Saturday, 20 October, 09h00 – 15h00 Experience TOKARA in all its natural splendour when this acclaimed Stellenbosch family wine and olive estate opens its extensive private gardens to the public for the annual Rare Plant Sale on Saturday, 20 October. This popular event is a spring highlight for plant lovers. From indigenous offerings such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, the wide variety of plants will appeal to all tastes, with something even for the most discerning. Besides the wide variety of plants, there will be tea and other refreshments for sale. TOKARA will be well represented with their elegant wines and award winning extra virgin olive oils. Meander through the indigenous, exotic and vegetable gardens, explore the woodland walks and discover the untold works of art dotted throughout the farm. The colossal landmark Angus Taylor Dionysus sculpture commissioned by owners GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira takes pride of place against the backdrop of the Simonsberg. The Rare Plant Sale starts at 09h00. Tickets at R50 are available at the gate. Children aged under 10 have free entry. The TOKARA Tasting Lounge, restaurants and Delicatessen will be open as usual on the Saturday. For more information on the Rare Plant Sale email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
As we step into September and welcome in spring, it is time for the flowers to start blooming, and the trees to flourish with new leaves sprouting out. The gardens at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa are always stunning, and well maintained by the garden and grounds manager, William Brown- who has a vast knowledge on all things flowers and garden related. If you birthday is celebrated in September, and you are unaware of what flowers represent your birth month, then consider taking a keen interest in the Aster and the Morning glory – as these are your birth flowers. Flowers are seen as a gesture of love or friendship and may have a special symbolism attached to it. Asters They come in a variety of purples and pinks and regarded as a feminine flower representing positivity. They prefer cooler climates with relatively wet summers. They enjoy full to partial sun in which to thrive. According to Horticulturist at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, William Brown: “Asters should be planted in early to mid-spring in fertilised and moist, well-drained soil and water thoroughly”. Morning glory These feature in an array of pink, purple and blue shades and is a symbol of affection. What is interesting to note about these flowers is that blooms open in the early morning and generally curl closed later in the day. “These flowers are annual climbers that prefer a sunny, sheltered area to grow in. They do however need a lot of sun to reach their full potential. They should also be planted in well-drained soil and should be planted early in the season. Another tip is that if you are planting from seed, soak them first for a day before planting,” Brown adds. According to proflowers.com, “it’s estimated that there are more than 600 different species of these colourful wildflowers. Ancient Greeks name the aster after the Greek word (astér), meaning star. They often used asters to create wreaths, which they would place on altars to pay tribute to the . . .
The Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay offers unparalleled sites for whale-watching and invites visitors to enjoy unforgettable whale-watching experiences and learn more about these majestic sea animals. Visitors to the hotel are afforded the experience of watching whales from the comfort of their hotel rooms in the sea-facing suites. Around 100 Southern Right Whales migrate to South African shores from the Antarctic to give birth and mate along the southern coast. This happens between June and November every year. The hotel is situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay along the famous Garden Route and is a haven for Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde’s whales. It’s important to note that excursions restrict viewing distances and time spent with each animal so that there is minimal interference and the whale is not disturbed. That being said, if you’re lucky, you can enjoy a spectacular display of breaching, tail and flipper slapping, sailing and spy hopping. “It is important that we take steps to ensure the health and well-being of these creatures that grace our shores” says Jacqui Elliott, CEO of The Collection by Liz McGrath. “Not only do they bring joy to those who love whale-watching, but they are critical to the environment and need to be conserved.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Vietnam is the worlds largest recipient of illegal rhino horn from South Africa. To reduce rhino horn consumption and therefore demand, Wilderness Foundation Africa is working with school-going Vietnamese youngsters to create a generation of ambassadors who will grow up to be in a position to influence their peers, parents and families to reduce and ultimately stop the demand for rhino horn. Building on the story and campaign developed with the expertise of Boomtown in 2015, Rhino Ranger returns this month for a second instalment of the Rhino Ranger comic book. Rhino Ranger is a superhero character that was conceptualised and created to spread the message of the “Wild Rhino | Vietnam, be my Hero” campaign to the target audience in Vietnam. The story of Rhino Ranger continues as he travels to Vietnam to discover why his mother was killed in South Africa. “Our first edition was incredibly popular, and our competition to become a Wild Rhino Youth Ambassador has been a huge success,” remarks Cheryl Reynolds, Relationship and Communications Manager of Wilderness Foundation Africa. "To target a younger audience, we are adding an activity book for those under 12. It's incredibly exciting to see the campaign grow and reach more young Vietnamese children and mould future generations.” Using cultural insights, the personal experience of the Wilderness Foundation Africa team who have been to Vietnam on various occasions throughout the campaign, Boomtown was able to create a comic that was truly believable to its readership. “The appearance of streets and the depiction of the culture need to be a true reflection of Vietnam,” remarks Andrew MacKenzie, Boomtown Managing Director, who has visited Vietnam with the Wilderness Foundation Africa when it first launched Rhino Ranger. “We need the youth that we engage with to buy into the campaign and become ambassadors for change. We cannot do that if they cannot connect with our content.” The story for each edition is left . . .
While studying her three-year National Diploma in Horticulture at Durban University of Technology (DUT) between 2012 to 2015, Amanda Maphumulo never envisioned working alongside the author of ‘Wild Flowers in KZN’ – a reference book that was instrumental in achieving her diploma. But in 2016, Amanda was invited to work with the renowned horticulturalist and landscaper, Elsa Pooley, landscaping and establishing the indigenous gardens at the mature lifestyle village, Renishaw Hills. “In high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew it was something to do with plants and nature,” recalled Amanda. “I was excited to get to DUT and actually view plant cells through a microscope. We didn’t have a science lab or microscopes at school so I’d just learnt about them in books.” On completing her studies, the 28-year-old Magabeni resident didn’t have any leads on a job so she started researching nurseries around the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast area. “I found Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery which I thought would be perfect, even if I could get a volunteer position, it was close enough to travel. I arrived there with my CV and diploma and said I had studied horticulture. Although there wasn’t a position available, I said I’d do anything to work near plants, pick up litter, whatever!” Her determination paid off and she started working in a part-time capacity in 2015. The following year she was introduced to Elsa Pooley. “I had been learning from her book at university, and now I was getting to meet her. It was such an honour.” Amanda was invited to join the Renishaw Hills’ team in 2016, working as a Garden Installation and Maintenance Supervisor. Amanda works closely with Elsa, establishing indigenous gardens at each residence on the lush estate. Elsa draws up the landscape designs and Amanda will work from these, planting the gardens and often, using her own creativity to design the gardens herself. “I’ve learnt so much from Mrs Pooley, she’s passionate and . . .