The concept of ‘planting indigenous’ has been around for quite some time but many homeowners find making the move to a completely indigenous garden somewhat daunting. And while there might be some effort required initially, the results are incredibly worthwhile. South African landscaper and botanist, Elsa Pooley, forms part of the dynamic, green-fingered team at Renishaw Hills. They have been tasked with transforming the previously cultivated land at Renishaw Hills on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast into an indigenous haven. The mature lifestyle estate is situated within the ecologically-diverse Mpambanyoni Conservation Development which, for the past 150 years, has been cultivated for sugar cane. Pooley and a team of conservationists are working tirelessly to return the area to its original coastal forest and wetlands state while establishing unique, indigenous gardens for each home on the estate. “There are many misconceptions surrounding indigenous gardens, and sourcing indigenous plants is often quite difficult,” explained Elsa Pooley. “With a little bit of guidance, creating your own indigenous garden is easily done.” Here are Elsa Pooley’s top five reasons to plant indigenous: 1. Water-wise Often people only consider planting indigenous during droughts but then this falls away when rains return. Indigenous plants are much hardier and require less water than their exotic counterparts. They do require some water but are much better adapted to local conditions. 2. Attracts birds and wildlife Indigenous plants will attract butterflies, birds and a variety of wildlife to the garden. Even in winter, we’re seeing so many butterflies around. Using a variety of plants ensures a range of wildlife will be attracted to your garden. 3. Aesthetics There is a misperception that indigenous plants aren’t colourful or pretty, and look too wild. This really isn’t true. With careful planning, one can find indigenous plants that bloom or fruit in every . . .
Plastics|SA used its participation in Sustainability Week (5-7 June 2018), World Environment Day (5 June 2018) and World Oceans Day (9 June) to raise awareness about the importance of keeping plastics pollution out of the environment. Plastics|SA is the umbrella organisation representing the South African Plastics Industry and was one of the first signatories of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, whereby 74 plastics associations from around the world have committed themselves to fight marine litter. “Being actively involved in this past week’s numerous environmental activities gave Plastics|SA the ideal opportunity to physically demonstrate our commitment to finding sustainable solutions that will reduce the amount of plastics litter that ends up in the environment. To achieve this, we have launched numerous projects in six key areas, namely education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment,” explains Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA. SUSTAINABILITY WEEK (CSIR) Africa’s premier green economy forum, Sustainability Week, took place last week (5-7 June 2018) at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane. One of the major themes at this year’s event was the sustainable development in Africa. Plastics|SA hosted a “Beat Plastic Pollution” Workshop on the opening day of the Week, which attracted much local and international attention. “The issue of tackling plastics polluting the environment is at the top of the global agenda of the packaging industry, governments and environmentalists around the world. There is a surging momentum in global efforts to address this issue, and Plastics|SA is adding its voice to the calls for the implementation of proper waste management systems and responsible human behaviour in order to see less plastics ending up in the environment and our oceans,” Steyn said. This sentiment was . . .
South African’s consume over 300 million kilograms of seafood per year. In a bid to get them interested in where this seafood comes from, and why it matters, Nissan SA, the WWF SA, South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) and explore4Knowledge sent two young South African chefs, Terror Lekopa and Freedom Khanyile, on a sustainability adventure of a lifetime. The Soweto2Sodwana expedition, envisioned by explore4knowledge founder and SASSI ambassador John Lucas, saw the millennial chefs travel from the streets of Soweto, to Sodwana Bay from the 3rd until the 8th of March. The expedition forms part of the WWF-SASSI’s broader strategy to have young chefs become ambassadors of the ocean, championing sustainable seafood and ocean conservation in Gauteng. John Lucas says, “We wanted the chefs to gain a greater understanding that what they serve directly influences what people want to eat – what better way to do this then by taking them on a journey, showing the process from bait-to-plate. By creating demand for sustainable seafood, they will be able to generate a ripple effect of change which ultimately reaches the fishing industry and pushes for a shift towards more sustainable fishing practices.” The expedition saw the chefs explore our oceans - from snorkelling along the coral reefs of Kosi Bay and chatting to local fishermen and ocean conservation researchers, to taking part in SASSI training at uShaka marine world, the chefs did it all. Moving to conversations they were a little more familiar with, the chefs also spent time with SASSI trailblazer chef winners: Jackie Cameron, Constantine Hahndiek and Graham Neilson. “With a newfound connection to our seas, and an understanding of the impact of unsustainable fishing, both Terror and Freedom noted they would begin implementing sustainable seafood practices in their own restaurants.” “This is a major step towards making a real difference in the perceptions and actions of our communities and . . .
Living in a healthy manner is a subjective subject. Health can be defined as various expressions by different individuals. As such, we explore something less subjective – the impact of water temperature on the body. Cold Water More often consumed on when one is hot or thirsty – cold water is a great way to thermoregulate the body when there is excess heat generated. The most common time this occurs is when during warmer days or when there is exercise involved. The cold water also serves to replenish fluids lost to perspiration. On the note of cold water, it is more effective to consume chilled water rather than ice cold water as your body would need to normalise the temperature for use. Chilled water still goes through normalisation processes but at the same time serves to cool the body down. In the case of ice cold water, it serve to shock the system and cause cramping. This normalisation process actually burns calories and as such can help boost your metabolism. The taste of cold water is also more palatable to those beginning their path to the recommended daily intake of water – being roughly 8 cups. Room Temperature Water Room Temperature (or ambient) Water is beneficial for digestion. Warm water assists in flushing our hardened minerals and fats that do not serve the body positively. In this flushing process it also serves to ensure regular bowel movements. As room temperature water is more easier for the body to process through its lack of need for thermoregulation for the body – it can help with relaxation of body parts and function processes in the body. An example of this is that of relaxation of blood vessels affording better blood circulation. Room temperature water is also the temperature of choice for singers and voice actors as it serves to relax and warm the vocal chords. Hot and Warm Water Conversely to cold water, ambient water can help negate and even subdue cramping by regulating body temperature. Studies show that the . . .
As the second most polluted continent, Africa must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods to avoid an environmental and socio-economic disaster, experts warn. This was the message from environmental scientist Dr Tony Ribbink, who was speaking at the annual general meeting of the PET Recycling Company (PETCO) at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Thursday (June 7). Ribbink, chief executive officer of the Sustainable Seas Trust, believes that while there is a certain amount of gloom and doom surrounding the pollution problem, a lot of good is also being done*. “As the second most polluted continent, Africa is in clear danger of taking top spot unless responsibility for the crisis is shouldered at all levels,” said Ribbink, a former director of the World Bank GEF project on Lake Malawi/Nyasa for Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. But, he said, Africa was also pioneering new methods and activities to counter plastic pollution. “Industry is also becoming more committed to sustainability and finding solutions where previously there appeared to be none.” South African bottlers, who are voluntary members of PETCO, are increasingly assisting with the drive to improve recycling rates. Annual PET plastic bottle recycling increased to 65% of all bottles produced in the country in 2017 – up from 55% in 2016, according to recently released figures. This equates to 2.15 billion bottles recycled in 2017, which created 64 000 income-generating opportunities for recyclers and waste collectors participating in what is termed the “circular economy”, while also freeing up 578 000m3 of dwindling landfill space, PETCO announced in May. PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz said these figures put South African PET recycling on par with global standards and that the organisation had set an ambitious recycling target of 70% by 2020. Even more significant, said Scholtz, was that approximately 96% of all PET bottles recovered in . . .
Tree felling Pretoria has invested in quality equipment worth millions of Rand to improve efficiency for commercial and residential projects. PRETORIA, June 7, 2018 – Trees are essential for the survival of human beings, however there comes a time when their removal in certain spaces is inevitable – if you are to avoid health and safety risks to the tree and people around the area respectively. Tree felling Pretoria offers cutting-edge tree cutting services that will make sure your needs are handled fast, and in a very professional manner. While launching new, state of the art machinery, the company director, Mr Ngomane, was quick to note that customers should look forward to better services from their team of fully qualified and experienced tree fellers. “We are only one phone call away whenever you need emergency tree removal services, stump grinding solutions, or certified site clearing experts. With these new equipment, we are more committed to help you get the job done.” The company has the best tree experts in the industry, therefore, this new development only serves to strengthen their resolve to remain the go-to tree fellers Pretoria wide for years to come. Mr. Bandile, a long-time client was quick to heap praise on the company for helping to raise the standards of service delivery. “Ever since Tree Felling Pretoria came into town, I have never had a problem with pruning, trimming, or caring for the vegetation on my backyard. They are always available on short notice and never compromise on quality no matter how big or complex a project is. You should try them out today.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Pretoria, June 07, 2018 - Locally owned software company BTK Software announced today the launch of the world’s first anti-poaching game for Android and Apple users namely POACHER DOWN. The initial version of this First Person Shooter (FPS) game utilizes 3 language options including Zulu and Afrikaans which is another first for international gaming. BTK Software designed the app to help curb the epidemic of poaching in Southern Africa and hopes to generate much needed international awareness and funds for this cause. BTK partnered with local anti-poaching organisation the Rhino Pride Foundation as the beneficiary of all national and international donations generated though the app. Poacher Down is an action-packed shooter game where the user needs to protect an array of animals from an ever increasing number of poachers. The user can choose from a range of weapons, guns, grenades and bullets. The game even has a slow motion action sequences for kill shots. “The idea from the beginning was to create a world class action game that is entertaining and fun to play. The more people that play the game the better. Users can help by simply clicking on a donation button in the game. We also plan on adding a couple more language options to unlock additional local and international market segments such as Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and other South African languages. Players like to hear the poachers shout, cry and make jokes in their native tongue.” said CEO Werner van der Westhuizen Although the game comes across as gruesome and graphic at times, the user can simply switch off the blood and strong language in the game’s settings menu. Another perk in the game is the use of an international leader board where users can see their ranking compared to all the other players across the globe. This is definitely an innovative approach to creating awareness for the poaching epidemic and we look forward to see what the public will make of . . .
Plastics|SA hereby cordially invites all media (in particular KZN-based media) to attend the launch of the Umhlanga Litter Boom on Saturday, 9 June 2018 in celebration of World Ocean Day. The event will begin at 09:00 with a clean-up of the Umhlanga Lagoon, followed by the boom launch at 10:00 and a shark dissection at 11:00 at the Millenium Stage on the main beach. For more information, visit the uMhlanga UIP website. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
HIGHLIGHTS 1,3 million tonnes of paper and paper packaging diverted from landfill in 2017. Increased rates driven by industry investment for local beneficiation in mills. An extensive collection network and partnerships essential. Sector challenges the need for paper and paper packaging industry tax – prefers route of public-private partnerships. JOHANNESBURG (5 June, 2018, World Environment Day) -- The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) has announced the 2017 paper recycling rates. Last year the paper recycling industry along with conscientious consumers and thousands of collectors kept 1,3 million tonnes of paper and paper, boxes and liquid packaging out of landfill. This would fill 1,539 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This tonnage represents 70% of the 1,8 million tonnes of paper available for recovery, which excludes books and archived records, and unrecyclable paper like toilet tissue. “We are delighted with our latest statistics as it shows us that people are recycling more,” says Ursula Henneberry, PRASA operations director. In 2015, the association set a target of 70% by the year 2020, and this has been achieved three years early. In the past six years alone, more than seven million tonnes of paper and paper packaging have been recovered for recycling. If baled, this amount would cover the surface of 1,273 soccer fields, one metre deep. “The unsung heroes are our country’s recycling collectors along with industry players who operate collection and drop-off schemes as well as buy back centres,” notes Henneberry. “While our recovery rate has increased, there has been a drop in local consumption particularly in printing and writing grades, so much so that a newsprint paper machine was closed down last year,” remarks Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). This has resulted in a slight drop in the actual tonnage from 1,4 million tonnes to 1,3 million tonnes. “This . . .
When the Engen Refinery, based in Durban South spoke to community members and found out that there was a dire need for JoJo Tanks at schools in the area, they immediately went to work. Engen identified schools based in and around the Merebank, Wentworth and Austerville areas and contracted a local plumber to install 2 200 Litre JoJo Tanks at 17 schools. Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s CSI Manager says it is important for Engen to actively support and take care of the communities in which the company operates, especially in a drought prone country such as South Africa. “Water conservation is a reality for every South African and the mindset of saving every drop needs to start at our schools. “Harvesting rainwater lets nature do the job by ensuring that there is a constant supply of water on hand. This water can be used in bathrooms, to irrigate food gardens and for outside maintenance of school facilities.” All 17 tanks have been installed and are currently in use at the following schools: Collingwood Primary Gardenia Primary Settlers Primary St Mary’s Primary Merebank Secondary School Parsee Rustomjee Primary School Junagarth Rd, Primary School Ganges Secondary School Alipore Primary School Austerville Primary School Wentworth Secondary School Durban East Primary School Wentworth Secondary School Fairvale Secondary School Umbilo Secondary School Assegai Primary School P.R. Pather Secondary School CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .