JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
Injury forces changes to campaign as #RunningDry continues to raise awareness about global water crisis CAPE TOWN, January 07, 2019. Water advocate and ultra runner Mina Guli has halted her challenge to run 100 marathons in 100 days around the world to raise awareness about the global water crisis. After doctors discovered a stress fracture to her right femur earlier this month, Mina continued the campaign, walking a further three marathons in South Africa to complete marathon #62. However, the injury has worsened and Mina will now need to take a break from her daily marathons to recover from injury. Marathon #62 ended in tears with Mina no longer able to put any weight onto her right leg. After consulting with local experts at the Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital and her international medical team, it was discovered that the 48-year-old now has multiple stress fractures in her right femur. “I have broken the largest bone in my body trying to complete my #RunningDry campaign,” says a very tearful Mina. “If it were up to me, I would still be out there walking, despite it now taking more than 12 hours to complete 42.2km. However, my team and I need to prioritize my health and taking a short time out will allow us to continue the #RunningDry campaign and to focus on some of the important water stories that need to be told.” Mina was met at the hospital by friend and mentor, Lewis Pugh, who strongly advised Mina that she cannot jeopardise her next 38 years of campaigning for the global water crisis for the next 38 days of this campaign. Mina’s team stepped in to complete marathon #63 on Saturday, January 5 in Cape Town, with podiatrist Brock Healy, physiotherapist Elena Hobson, photographer Kelvin Trautman and cinematographer Jared Paisley each taking turns running parts of the 42.2km for her. But true to her stubborn, gritty nature, Mina has vowed that she will lace up her shoes again in order to finish the #RunningDry campaign in the allotted 100 . . .
Johannesburg, 3 January 2019 - As the holiday season comes to a close, many of us make plans to ‘spring clean’ our lives, our cupboards, our homes and so much more. However, just as you plan to clean your personal space, de-clutter your surroundings, office managers and those responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of work spaces, should consider the benefits of using the quiet period to give the work or office environment a deep clean. 1. Downtime makes for good organisation While staff are away, there is likely to be very little disruption to the process and more importantly, to the colleagues of the company. The quiet period is the perfect time to get your ‘house in order’, as they say. During the year, when everyone is doing the grind and are too busy to side step their office space or use different bathrooms, it can be a great inconvenience to do more than the required cleaning and upkeep of the office environment. 2. Image is everything First impressions are important. In psychology it is defined as the event when one person first encounters another person, object or scene. In legal terms, a first impression is defined as a first consideration or judgement. In an interview scenario, you are being judged by your employer, however some employers simply don’t think about your judgement of their environment. An unkempt, unhygienic environment does not make for a good portrayal of the work environment and can leave any visitor to the office, with unintended and even unsuspecting forms of a negative mental image of the business. ‘Judging the book by its cover’, is not just a saying, it happens and as beings who are influenced by image, a negative appearance can greatly tarnish the image of your brand - and it does not matter who is affected because word of mouth makes for an impression by everyone with whom this information is shared. 3. Hygiene makes for a healthy work environment Absenteeism from work can be linked to many things in society . . .
100 MARATHONS IN 100 DAYS: RUNNER MINA GULI ARRIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA TO HIGHLIGHT THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS World Faces 40 Percent Shortage of Water by 2030 - #RunningDry Campaign Raises Awareness, Urges Change SOUTH AFRICA, January 2, 2019. Water advocate and ultra-runner Mina Guli has arrived in South Africa as part of her #RunningDry 100 Marathons in 100 Days campaign to highlight the global water crisis. In an unexpected turn of events and after some ongoing pain in her right leg, Mina walked herself to a doctor’s appointment and subsequent MRI scan, where it was discovered that she has sustained a stress fracture to her right femur. While this would cause most people to sit back and put their feet up, Mina has pledged to continue her #RunningDry campaign at a slightly slower pace of a walk in order to further highlight how critical the global water crisis really is! “With the current water crisis every drop of counts, and now every step I take towards finishing this campaign will help highlight that,” says Mina Guli. “The world is facing a projected 40% shortfall between supply and demand for water by 2030 – just 11 short years from now! If I give up now, it’s almost like giving up on striving towards a solution to this problem and I just can’t do it.” So instead of being out on the roads for roughly 5 hours every day, Mina will now be completing each marathon every day in approximately 9hours – all this whilst still travelling around the world spreading the water message. Upon arriving in SA, Mina headed straight to Beaufort West after hearing about their dire water situation. “Visiting the town of Beaufort West has been very confronting, to see the effects of what living with no water in the flesh, makes me even more determined to finish my #RunningDry campaign and help change the way we think about water,” explains Mina. “We simply cannot take water for granted, water is life, it is critical, we need to respect and value it!” Mina started her . . .
https://youtu.be/-LyKaL7KLqA On 27 December 2018 whilst on a long 15 Kilometer beach run between Kleinemond and Fish River Sun, CEO of Beyond Africa The Mantis Collection - Paul Gardiner, came upon a beached Commons Dolphin. Running through a cleansing African Storm, Paul came upon the struggling beached dolphin. "The dolphin was clearly alive and I was alone on a rainy beach and, despite that, I decided to jump in and try to get him back in the water," explained Paul. "I struggled for about an hour to save this magnificent creature and propped my cellphone on the sand to capture the footage, hoping that the ending would be a triumph," said Gardiner. Being alone Gardiner was prudent in not going too deep into the water for fear of being sucked out in the rip tide. Frustratingly the dolphin kept beaching himself each time Paul floated him out, probably exhausted the dolphin kept on being swept back to shore by the waves. With darkness descending Paul had to cease his rescue attempts and leave the dolphin to the sometimes cruel forces of nature. A clearly emotional Gardiner said his goodbyes and allowed nature to take it's course. The dolphin was young and looked healthy and one always wonders why a single dolphin ends up beaching itself. The first thought is always that man has somehow contributed to the demise of our precious marine animals. Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100 000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a food. Plastic is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins in all the oceans of the world. "Mantis is very keen to support and get behind any Mantis Marine Activity that will highlight the fragility of our oceans, in association with our friends Rainer and Silke Schimpf from AB Marine and Expert Tours. One of the ways is via a proposed Whale Sculpture to be a receptacle of plastic waste on the beachfront. This . . .
After 12 years in operation, SC-CARES Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary is looking for new owners with new ideas and energy to take over the responsibilities of the sanctuary. There are currently 140 rescued animals residing at the sanctuary many with life expectancy of over 90 years. Continuity of the operation is a priority in order to minimize stress on the animals. Georgetown, South Carolina, United States., December 21, 2018 -- SC-CARES Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary management is undertaking a nationwide search for successors to operate the local rescue facility. After more than 12 years of conscientious and compassionate caring for unwanted/neglected exotic and domestic farm animals, the founders say it's time for to new blood. Meanwhile they will also be downsizing by placing some animals with other sanctuaries. “It has been the fulfillment of our dream to build and grow this sanctuary for the protection and care of neglected and abused animals of all types,” said Cindy Hedrick, who, along with co-founder and husband Skip Yeager established SC-CARES on 24 acres just outside of Georgetown. “It breaks our hearts to make this transition. It is time for new blood and new energy. The priority is the continuation of the sanctuary for the well-being of the animals. It’s just the next step for us to make at this stage of our lives.” SC-CARES, a South Carolina 501(c)(3), was founded in 2006 as a rescue sanctuary for wild and exotic animals that would not be accepted by traditional animal shelters. Current SC-CARES residents include tortoises, horses, wolves, reptiles, and many exotic birds. Hedrick, Yeager, and a team of dedicated volunteers keep the animals housed, fed, and loved. The sanctuary is open (by appointment) for escorted tours. The organization is funded through donations from animal-loving individuals and businesses. It does not receive any public or government funding. Efforts are currently underway to find . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape achieved global recognition for their commitment to reducing plastic pollution when they received an award at the SPAR International Conference last month. The conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands went under the banner of the SPAR International Responsible Retailing Forum and brought managers from around the world to share ideas and best-practice examples. SPAR EC managing director Conrad Isaac accepted the award on behalf of the company and said it was gratifying to have received such recognition. He was quick to add, though, that their Stop Plastic campaign, which was launched in April to eliminate the single-use of plastic bags, was not about earning awards. "Our mission is to create awareness about the dangers to the environment of plastic pollution," he said. "We are doing this because it is the right thing to do. I equate it to playing sport - if you play well, the scoreboard will take care of itself. "So this campaign is not about awards but about playing the game well and we feel are on the right track." Isaac was referring to the fact that from the launch of the Stop Plastic campaign on April 6 until the end of September they had sold three million fewer plastic bags than over the same period last year. "If you had asked me before our campaign started what we would achieve, I would never have expected to reach a number of three million. "So that is really encouraging and obviously our aim now is to keep adding to that. Every single plastic bag less that we sell means a better future for us all." He said the Stop Plastic campaign placed them at the forefront among SPAR retailers worldwide in the forum of responsible retailing. "Many people at the forum have no idea where Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape even is, but from a SPAR Africa point of view we are leading the way and from a SPAR international perspective we are certainly among the leaders in the 41 countries where we retail. "Many of the . . .
Africa is one of the fastest urbanising regions in the world – and it is widely accepted that the rapid urbanisation of its burgeoning big cities will play a vital role in the continent’s continued growth and development. But, are we thinking far enough ahead to plan for the resources that will be consumed, and the waste generated by this ongoing development as well as the rapidly growing populous of city dwellers? The short answer is no. The Katowice Climate Change Conference is currently underway in Katowice, Slaskie, Poland (2-14 December 2018). This event aims to elevate market awareness and attention - for desired actionable outcomes - on a host of critical priorities related to climate action but also aspirational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) centred on; decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12). I believe these three SDGs are unendingly interdependent, particularly for rapidly emerging and urbanising economies in Africa, and here below I’ve shared my thoughts on how targeting these SDGs simultaneously – with a long-term strategic vision – will help nations in Africa re-imagine waste as an opportunity to meaningfully contribute towards a resilient and sustainable future. Imagining Africa’s growth to 2050 The UN has estimated that the global population will near 11.3 billion by 2060. Populations in Africa are expected to experience just as much exponential growth – and the collective count for the continent is predicted to reach over 2.5 billion by 2050, which remarkably will represent about 26% of the world's total population by that time. Of course, these figures present immense opportunities for investors and businesses – as it means that Africa currently hosts the fastest growing consumer market in the world. However, it also alludes to a very serious challenge that threatens the future resilience and sustainability of cities and urban . . .
100 MARATHONS IN 100 DAYS: MINA GULI MORE THAN 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH HER GLOBAL RUN We are using water faster than it is able to be replenished; #RunningDry Campaign Raises Awareness, Urges Change December 6, 2018. On the 4th of November at the New York Marathon, international water advocate, Mina Guli, set out on the ambitious individual challenge of running 100 marathons in 100 days to highlight the global water crisis. Having already completed more than 30 of the 100 marathons, through the UK, France, Italy, Uzbekistan and India, Mina has experienced first-hand ‘choke points’ that are feeling the impact of the emerging global water crisis. Following her final run in India today in Mumbai, Mina now heads to Hong Kong and China. “My journey so far has allowed me to meet so many incredible people and to see the real effects that water shortages are already having on our world,” says Mina. “For many of us, we don’t have a real concept of where our water comes from. We simply turn on a tap and the water is there. To meet children as young as 3 years old walking more than 2km a day to collect water has given me a real appreciation of just how precious water really is.” Mina’s passion to change how people think about water and have a world where there is enough water for everyone forever is what keeps her going. She has been meeting with local water heroes within each of the regions she is visiting. These water heroes are people who are devoting their time and energy to making a difference to the global water crisis. “In the UK, for example, I was joined on one of my runs by Dr Liz Goodwin of the World Resource Institute. Liz ran12.3km with me to represent SDG 12.3 which is the sustainable consumption and production patterns,” says Mina. “I learnt from Liz that if we stopped all food wastage we would be able to save 18% of the world’s water, which is a staggering number if you consider that less than 1% of the earth's water is useable by plants, animals . . .
Months of planning and dedication to the cause came to fruition today when SPAR Eastern Cape ambassador Sarah Ferguson released the first of a series of videos aimed at securing the world's environmental future. A former South African international swimmer, Ferguson joined SPAR EC's fight against plastic pollution when she became an ambassador in the company's Stop Plastic campaign in June. The association with the retail giant was sparked by a presentation Ferguson, who lives in Durban North, gave after a 58km swim in Hawaii, in which she became aware of the dangers of plastic to the environment. "I came to Port Elizabeth for a meeting and they liked what they saw," she said earlier this year. "Equally I was keen to work with them to promote their Stop Plastic campaign." In April this year, SPAR EC took the bold step of trying to limit the use of plastic in their stores by encouraging consumers to make use of alternative packaging options available at all outlets. In particular, they are focused on limiting single-use plastic, which includes items such as plastic bags. Combining her passion for the environment and her swimming talents, Ferguson's first order of business was a six-day, 100km Elephant Coast swim, which took her from southern Mozambique to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The outcome of that is a documentary she and her team have produced highlighting the dangers of pollution to the world's oceans, which will be posted on Facebook for the next six weeks. The videos, which are each two minutes in length, can be viewed on www.facebook.com/BreatheOcean1 and her website www.breatheconservation.org and will be released on Mondays and Fridays at 11.30am. Ferguson said this was a wonderful opportunity to show what dangers the world faced in terms of ocean pollution. "We are super excited to announce that we will be releasing our docu-series from our Elephant Coast swim, starting today," she said. "We cannot wait to show you behind the . . .