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 . . .
MARCH 2017 - A SUSTAINABLE BENGUELA Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system it needs regular health check-ups, and the best way to do this will be examined in Cape Town this week (22 and 23 March, 2017). Scientists, government officials, business and civil society representatives will consider linkages between the diverse “ecosystem services” provided by the ocean and coastal environment, and how best to measure and monitor both their economic value and environmental health. The workshop forms part of a project by the Benguela Current Convention (BCC) to strengthen the ability of member states – Namibia, Angola and South Africa – to monitor the health of the Benguela Current ecosystem in their own countries, as well as implementing an integrated approach to sustainable ecosystem management across national boundaries. The workshop will also aim to identify gaps in current monitoring activities and data, capacity and resource needs, and how to resolve potential conflicting uses in future. “This is vital to maintaining the sustainability of the economic and social benefits to the people who rely on the ecosystem. For South Africa, this is particularly important, given the focus on developing the maritime economy through Operation Phakisa, which has earmarked a number of diverse projects for the West Coast,” project leader Dr Samantha Petersen said. The productive waters of the Benguela Current support the largest portion of South Africa’s commercial fisheries, with increasing activity in small-scale fishing and aquaculture. The West Coast is also a hub of off-shore oil and gas exploration, a focus area for redevelopment of small harbours and coastal tourism, and home to the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone. It also has a number of significant conservation areas, provides shelter for migratory bird . . .
It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the grid" ever since families began settling along the picturesque, yet impoverished, banks of the Thina River. They looked set to remain part of the 55% of rural South Africa that will not be connected to the national grid in the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the government's commitment to exploring alternative technologies in order to achieve universal access to energy has seen the commissioning of the KwaMadiba small scale hydropower (SSHP) scheme during National Water Week (13-19 March 2017). Effectively powered by the height difference between the Thina Falls and the Thina River, the SSHP plant receives diverted river water that rotates a turbine. This mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy that provides grid quality electricity to the surrounding community. The Banki turbine that is the core of the SSHP plant was sourced in Italy and installed by WEC Projects, a leading South African EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor in the water and wastewater industry. The company specialises in the turnkey supply and installation of containerised water and wastewater treatment plants, biogas to energy projects, sludge beneficiation, and operation and maintenance contracts. It is also the exclusive SA licensee for the Nereda® sewage treatment technology that provides significant reductions in CAPEX, OPEX and plant footprint. Local and overseas studies have determined that small hydropower schemes such as the KwaMadiba facility can serve as standalone mini electrical grids providing clean, reliable and affordable energy access in remote areas. Rural electrification has the potential to dramatically improve the standard of living in . . .
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017. "You can celebrate Earth Hour in a slightly different and completely guilt free way," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar who says that using green energy is the biggest and most visible way to make a noise for climate change. "Celebrate your commitment to our planet and your installation of energy saving solar panels on your roof by shining a light onto them during earth hour with the rest of your property in darkness," suggests Straton. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the parent organisation of Earth Hour and started Earth Hour with teams and partners in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 with a lights-off event. Starting in 2007 as a single-city event, Earth Hour is now celebrated across all continents. In the past decade, as global climate efforts gained momentum, Earth Hour has helped bridge the gap between the grassroots and the corridors of power, taking climate action from conference rooms to living rooms. It has empowered millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF and many others, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action. From the shores of Argentina where Earth Hour helped mobilize public support for the creation of a 3.4 million hectare-wide marine protected area, to the heart of Uganda where local communities and businesses helped create the first Earth Hour forest, the movement’s impact has been a game-changer for popularizing climate action. "We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about. For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives," said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour . . .
Pretoria, 10 March 2017: Leading animal health industry company, Bupo Animal Health today announced that it has made a donation to a long serving landscaping services supplier, Reckson Makaringi of T-Rex Gardening Services . The donation, a set of brand new Ryobi landscaping equipment i.e a Trimtec lawnmower, Petrol chain saw, line trimmer and a bush cutter was made in lieu of Bupo Animal Health’s commitment to invest in the community. The donation is instrumental in developing T-Rex Gardening Service’s service offering and skill set, all the while taking care of the environment that we all are a part of. From the Ceo’s office, Ms. Antonieta Bupo added, “Our organization depends on our community, and without the help of local vendors like T-Rex Gardening Services, we would not be able to provide our services and products in a clean and safe environment and thus it is only right that we support them back.” Since 2014, Mr. Makaringi has been instrumental in the preparation and maintenance of our garden areas. These and the general spaces around our factory have to be kept highly sanitary at all conditions and this is no small feat. We have spearheaded other initiatives in the past, supporting schools as Mamelodi High School in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Silverton Primary School in 2016 as well as Meyerspark Primary School in 2017. The group CEO, Mr. Oscar Bupo believes that education is fundamental and should be supported at all costs. We are invested in the development of our community and employees and will continue to do so. To learn more about Bupo Animal Health, its corporate philanthropy initiatives, please visit www.bupoanimalhealth.com Headquartered in Pretoria, Bupo Animal Health is an international South African company that manufactures, imports and distributes veterinary and pharmaceutical products as well as feed additives since 1988. Focusing on service, value chain and efficacy of our products, we aspire to be your preferred partner in Animal Health . . .
Braam Malherbe – extreme adventurer, highly respected inspirational speaker and conservationist – together with rowing partner Wayne Robertson, are currently rowing on the vessel Mhondoro to Rio de Janeiro, launching the DOT (Do One Thing) Challenge. Their journey, covering a distance of 6700km, has been undertaken to highlight the importance of sustainable living and to inspire the international community to Do One Thing (#DOTChallenge) for the planet in an effort to ensure a sustainable future. Their focus will be on the vital importance of protecting our Earth, mostly the plight and preservation of the oceans, on which all life depends. The DOT Challenge vessel is named Mhondoro, after Mhondoro Game Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo province/South Africa). Mhondoro’s entire operation is based on sound environmental conservation practices and it is committed to making a contribution in each of the DOT Challenge categories - water, waste, conservation and energy. The owners of Mhondoro, Frank and Myriam Vogel, are passionate conservationists and proud sponsors of the DOT Challenge. Through their MF Foundation, the Dutch couple is making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa as part of a game purchase project to increase numbers in the 35 000 hectare Welgevonden Game Reserve. The reserve has a successful anti-poaching unit and is known for protecting a large white rhino population, in addition to the rest of the Big 5 (lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard). This year (2017) Mhondoro Game Lodge will launch a drive to eliminate the use of disposable water bottles from lodge operations by providing guests with pure filtered water from source in the Waterberg, and the use of refillable glass and aluminium bottles. Other game lodges in the region are challenged to join the @DOTDo1Thing #NoPlasticH2OBottles challenge and ‘Do One Thing’ to protect and preserve our planet. Braam and Wayne will be on the ocean for the . . .
Johannesburg; Triton Gloria Investments is proud to announce the release of a limited edition can of Q20 in aid of raising awareness and sponsorship for African wild dogs (AWD), the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. With consistently less than 450 Wild Dogs in South Africa, the Wild Dog has been the focus of a major long-term study in the Kruger National Park, managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Says Simon Smith, Managing Director at Triton Gloria Investments; “The proceeds from the sale of these limited edition cans, available from most hardware stores nationwide, are in aid of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Carnivore Conservation Programme, focusing on the inoculation of AWDs against Rabies and Canine Distemper.” In the latter part of 2016 an entire pack of AWDs succumbed to what was assumed to be rabies on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, despite the EWT team’s best efforts. Intervention through increased monitoring and vaccination is therefore pertinent. This includes, as a priority, vaccinating targeted individuals within the pack and fitting a GPS collar for monitoring purposes. According to Grant Beverley, the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme Senior Field Worker, without funding this research project could not continue which would be a major blow to the future conservation and protection of wild dogs against infectious diseases. “The Q20 team had the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible work undertaken by the EWT and the SANParks Veterinary services, having tracked three AWD packs with the assistance of the GPS collar - which in itself is no small task given that the packs inhabit large areas of up to 900 square kilometers within the Kruger National Park - in order to dart, inoculate, swab and take blood specimens for analysis. To our shock, we were informed that the GPS collar is instrumental in monitoring the AWD packs, however only has a lifespan of between 12-18 months which has a huge . . .
The volume of paper and paper packaging recovered for recycling around the world has increased substantially over the past decade - with South Africa’s paper recycling rates being on par with many developed economies. In the 2000, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) reported a 38% paper recovery rate, rising to 59% in 2011. The association had projected paper recycling rates to increase to 63% by the end of 2017 but by December 2015 the paper and paper packaging industry exceeded this with 66% of the nation’s recoverable paper and cardboard being recovered for recycling during 2015. The 1.2 million tonnes of recyclable paper and paper packaging diverted from landfill equates to 1,435 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This means that over the past decade, paper recycling in South Africa has improved by almost a third, and puts the country well ahead of the global average of 57.9% (International Council of Forest and Paper Association – ICFPA, 2015). In the context of this local increasing trend, Mpact processed in excess of 500,000 tonnes of paper and plastic bottles in 2015. The shift is not accidental. Mpact has made substantial investments when it comes to recycling ultimately to expand its own collections of paper and plastic, and to increase recycling rates of these materials in South Africa. The aim of the various Mpact Recycling initiatives is to increase the material available for the Felixton mill, for Mpact Polymers and for the recently commissioned liquid-packaging recycling plant at the Springs paper mill. Once completed the R765 million Felixton mill upgrade will replace bagasse fibre with recycled fibre; and the mill’s capacity will increase by 60,000 tonnes per annum, with a total capacity of 215,000 tonnes per annum. The R350 million investment at Mpact Polymers will see the plant processing up to 29,000 tonnes per annum of PET bottles – to be made back into new PET bottles for the beverage industry. Finally, the liquid . . .
More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) have already gone into the production of 20,000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently being constructed. Expected to open its doors at the end of September this year, this 65 000 m² regional shopping centre is located on a 20 ha site on the corner of the R27 (West Coast Road) and Berkshire Boulevard in the heart of the rapidly growing West Coast area. Vivid Architects / Group Five Construction contractors are at the helm of the project, and specified Greenlight Concrete blocks for use primarily on the fire escape passages owing to the product’s excellent fire rating. “With climate change looming and the rising cost of energy, building contractors are looking at sustainable building options. Over the past 18 years, we have been involved in the manufacturing and installing of Alternative Building Technologies. We were looking for a more environmentally friendly way of implementing our insulated building systems, when we started experimenting with recycled polystyrene as the basis for our energy efficient walling systems,” explains Hilton Cowie, Technical Director of Greenlite. Greenlite’s Insulated Concrete is the culmination of more than 18 years’ of experience and research, the blocks consist of recycled polystyrene which is used as a lightweight aggregate mixed with cement and additives to form insulated, soundproof, fireproof, water-resistant lightweight concrete blocks and screeds that have already been used in various large, commercial projects such as the Trumpet Towers in Johannesburg, the BMW Pavilion and Zeits Museum in the V&A Waterfront, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and the Gautrain Station in Sandton. “The developers were amazed at how quick and easy it was for them to build the walls using Greenlite blocks. Because these blocks are lightweight, they are easy to move around the site and the engineers saved weight loading onto the suspended concrete . . .
Developers of Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle village set within the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, are committed to creating superior-quality homes by using some of the area’s award-winning contractors. Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction - both specialists in the creation of new homes and based on the South Coast - won awards at the 2016 Masters Builders Association (MBA) ‘Excellence in Construction’ event held in October. There are 24 categories for this annual event, which serves to recognise its KwaZulu-Natal members for work well done. Numerous entries were received which were then whittled down to a top five in each category and the top three selected from those. Inyoni Homes was awarded first place for the ‘Houses Under R5m’ category, as well as receiving two ‘highly commended’ nominations. In 2015, Inyoni Homes also walked away with the top award for ‘Houses Under R3m’. “It’s really fantastic to receive these awards which validate our work in the construction industry, pushing us to create homes of the highest quality for our customers,” said Nic Moussouris, owner of Inyoni Homes. “Considering the calibre of entrants, it is really an honour to have won again.” Both Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction are working on the 28 standalone units of Phase 1 within Renishaw Hills. R&M Plant Hire, which forms part of the R&M Group, is taking on the bulk earthworks contract for Phase 1 and Phase 2. At the 2016 MBA Awards, R&M Construction – which has been operating for 31 years - received first place in the ‘Apartment/Townhouse Buildings (above 15m)’ category which was a joint venture with Simpkins & Associates Int. R&M Construction was also awarded top prize for the ‘Community Buildings’ category for the construction of the Umdoni Retirement Village New Hall and ancillary site works. “We take great pride in producing a superior standard of construction and finishes using a high . . .