Following a two week public exhibition and a strict voting process, The Better Living Challenge - a design competition showcasing green and affordable solutions to improve the homes of people living in low-income communities - has announced its winners. The winning solutions and the designers behind them were celebrated at the inaugural Better Living Challenge Awards Ceremony, held on 25 November 2014 at the Cape Town City Hall. Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, was the guest speaker at the event: “It was a great pleasure to announce the winners of the Better Living Challenge. These awards have been a collaborative effort between Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The awards play a pivotal role when it comes to the acknowledgement of those who have committed their careers to push for sustainable development and economic growth in our province.” Three overall winners were chosen from 21 Finalists, previously selected out of 130 original competition entries received across three entry categories. These 21 solutions were showcased in October and November at the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town Station Forecourt, where the finalists of the competition were judged. One overall winner was chosen in each of the three entry categories. These three winners are: In the Structural Home category – USE-IT’s Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs) Construction An innovative process that uses a 30% blend of builder's waste rubble and available clay-bearing soils in the manufacture of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs). Building sustainable homes with the lowest carbon footprint, CEBs are 3-5 times stronger than concrete blocks, cheaper, ten times more thermally efficient and environmentally-friendly. In the Comfortable Home category - Lumkani Lumkani is a low-cost fire detector and alert system designed for low-income households. In the event of fire, the system not only alerts the . . .
The implementation of strict environmental regulations worldwide calls for mine operators and managers to take immediate action to reduce the environmental effects of their operations. Cooling towers, a crucial component of the mining process, have naturally come under scrutiny in recent years and it is therefore vital that cooling towers run at optimum efficiency to keep the planet’s water and air clean. The most common type of industrial cooling tower used in the mining industry is an evaporative cooling tower, which works by dissipating unwanted heat to the atmosphere through water evaporation. This type of water tower emits large quantities of vapour and water droplets of varying sizes (known as drift) into the atmosphere. The drift contains the same chemicals and micro-organisms contained in the cooling tower. These chemicals and micro-organisms carried in the droplets have a detrimental impact on the environment and become carriers of deadly pathogens such as Legionella pneumophila – the bacteria that causes Legionnaires Disease. Key to preventing the release of hazardous droplets into the atmosphere is to install efficient drift eliminators inside the cooling tower, according to Roger Rusch, MD of Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). “These baffle-like devices are designed to remove water droplets from the cooling tower’s air stream by changing their direction. This is achieved by making the droplets lose velocity at impact on the blade walls of the drift eliminator, thus causing them to fall back into the tower. This process reduces the amount of potentially hazardous material escaping with the exhaust air,” says Mr Rusch. The build-up of hazardous chemicals and growth of microbes can be attributed to the collection of suspended solids in the cooling tower’s process water. In cooling towers that contain packing (used to form a thin liquid film that increases the surface area of the water/air interface for more efficient heat transfer), the . . .
The Better Living Challenge’s signature Showcase event comprised of lifesize home structures, interactive displays and a programme of lunch-time talks will be taking place this October and November at the Cape Town station forecourt. The Better Living Challenge Showcase is an interactive event taking place from Tuesday, 28 October to Saturday, 8 November 2014. The exhibition will be officially opened by Premier Helen Zille, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela (Human Settlements) and MEC Alan Winde (Economic Opportunities) on Thursday, 30 October 2014. There will be lunchtime talks taking place from Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Exhibition opening times are as follows: Monday to Friday from 09H00 – 17H00 and 09H00 – 13H00 on Saturdays. On show at this event is a display of solutions by the finalists and exhibitors whose projects were entered into the Better Living Challenge. These innovative, affordable and green solutions aim to address some of the problems faced by people living in low-income communities. Better Living Challenge finalist, James van der Walt’s SolarTurtle solution, will power the entire exhibition off-the-grid at the Cape Town station forecourt. SolarTurtle is a solar-powered energy distribution point securely housed in a 6m shipping container. The container is fitted with a solar battery charging station capable of charging hundreds of battery packs every day. In low-income communities, SolarTurtle functions like a local spaza shop where a local resident will own and operate the SolarTurtle and neighbours will bring their own batteries to be charged, thus providing electricity for the homes . The SolarTurtle prototype can power up to 300 rural households with basic electricity for lights, radios, phones and TVs. Amongst several other structures being erected at the station forecourt, is an example of a self-build concept that utilises the current sandbag housing technology to work in an incremental way. Known as the UBU Process and entered into the . . .
World Food Day is marked every year on 16 October – and Woolworths is donating R3 million towards sustainable food security during the course of this year via the EduPlant programme and staff volunteer days in honour of World Food Day. Founded by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Day highlights issues of food security and global hunger. This year’s theme is ‘Family Farming: Feed the world, caring for the earth’. It aims to focus attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and better nutrition, improving livelihoods and managing natural resources. The bulk of the Woolworths Trust donation (R2.6 million) goes to the EduPlant programme, a national schools’ permaculture food gardening programme. Co-ordinated by national greening and food gardening social enterprise Food & Trees for Africa, EduPlant has been the Trust’s flagship project since 2004 – it has to date donated nearly R20 million. This long-term partnership has contributed to thousands of educators and learners from hundreds of schools learning about growing food. Some 80% of EduPlant schools supplement their feeding schemes with the food they’ve grown. In addition to this support, Woolworths employees are volunteering their time and sweat equity at 17 EduPlant schools across the country in honour of World Food Day. The aim is to help boost the productivity of the food gardens by digging beds, and planting seedlings & trees, as well as donating much-needed tools to the schools. The first teams of Woolworths volunteers broke ground in September at the food gardens of Bona Lesedi Secondary School (Mamelodi), Phololo Special Needs School (Bloemfontein) Winnie Ngwekazi Primary School (Soweto), Enkwenkwezini Primary School (Port Elizabeth), Musengavhadzimu Primary School (Diepsloot), Rakalo Thabong Primary School (Ga-Rankuwa), Stoneridge Primary School (Alberton), Stanger Special School, and Sentinel . . .
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club has voiced it's opposition to the proposed Algoa Bay Fish Farm and submitted an appeal. The proposed site is inshore of the Shipping zone and offshore of Port Elizabeth's beaches placing it in the path of many of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club's sailing regattas. ABYC exists to foster sailing as a sport. The local, provincial, national and international events that ABYC host bring many tourists to the region, city, port and club - all hosted by volunteer club members eager to promote the sport. Media coverage for a National event such as the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals - which ran for four years offshore of Hobie Beach - was shown to be worth in excess of R420 000 per year for the event. International media coverage for an event such as the 60th SAP 505 World Championships to be held in Algoa Bay from 23 March to 3 April 2015, will easily exceed R3 million - valuable exposure for the club, the Port of Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay. Tourism SA uses a figure of R1 350.00 spend per tourist per day - for 320 visitors ONLY to the 505 World Championships over 14 days that will represent a conservative boost to the city coffers of R6 048 000. Add the bed nights for around 250 international sailors at a conservative R500.00 per night for 13 nights and we add R1 625 000 to the expected spend. Add the expected spend by local sailors at the 505 SAP World Championships plus the expected spend by sailors in the Vasco Da Gamma Ocean Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth and we can conservatively expect another R1.5 Million in spend in Port Elizabeth. From one international sailing event, one offshore race, the annual ABYC Sailing Week and the many local sailing regattas the sport of sailing alone is expected to contribute in excess of R9.2 Million in turnover from tourism in Port Elizabeth during 2015. As a consequence ABYC is a valuable partner to all the tourist orientated business in our city. An ongoing youth development . . .
The Better Living Challenge’s signature Showcase event will be taking place in October and November 2014, comprised of an exhibition at the V&A Waterfront and life-size interactive displays, talks and debates at the Cape Town Station Forecourt. On show at both events is a display of solutions by the finalists and exhibitors whose projects form the Better Living Challenge Showcase. These innovative, affordable and green solutions aim to address some of the problems faced by people living in low income communities. The V&A Waterfront exhibition will feature a number of plinths offering information and product and prototype displays. The plinths will be placed in the main retail area of the V&A Waterfront with the aim of communicating to a broader audience interested in sustainability. This exhibition will be taking place from Monday, 6 October to Sunday, 26 October 2014. The Cape Town Station Forecourt exhibition is an interactive event taking place from Tuesday 28, October to Saturday, 8 November 2014. The exhibition will be officially opened by Premier Helen Zille, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela (Human Settlements) and MEC Alan Winde (Economic Opportunities) on Thursday, 30 October 2014. There will be lunchtime talks and debates taking place from Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Exhibition opening times are as follows: Monday to Friday from 09H00 – 17H00 and 09H00 – 13H00 on Saturdays. The Better Living Challenge is a design competition calling for green and affordable products, systems and services, to improve the homes of people living in low-income communities. The Better Living Challenge has been on the hunt to uncover solutions and ideas to improve the lives and homes of people living in low-income areas. Groundbreaking products and innovations that are affordable, well designed and green are being brought to life through this competition. Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: “In the spirit of our motto, “Better Together”, . . .
TOP SA HORSE FARMS RECOMMEND THE PROBIO EQUINE RANGE TO BOOST AND MAINTAIN HORSE AND STABLE HEALTH NATURALLY The Probio Equine range has grown in popularity among horse farm owners and managers around South Africa. Numerous Equine centers use Probio in their stables, notably Cavalli Stud Farm and Vine Hill near Stellenbosch, South Africa Elra Tonkin, a saddle horse trainer at Cavalli Stud Farm, highly recommends Probio as a cost effective and easy to use all-round horse care solution. The products help the estate to save hugely on stable supplies as well as vet bills: Before using the Probio Equine range, they went through ten bags of shavings a day for twenty stalls, and now they’re down to just four bags. The Probio Equine range addresses all elements of horse care, and many of the products are multi-purpose. Elra uses Odour Away, a versatile product that simultaneously combats odours and other potential health threats. Some of the benefits of using Odour Away, Elra says, are reductions in dustiness and dryness caused by accumulating shavings: ‘The horses' hooves don't dry out, they stay healthy…the horses don't cough either - it's a fantastic product.’ Elra states that ‘you can walk into the stalls, day or night, and the smell is wonderful’. Since using Probio, the stables at Cavalli have become almost completely free of flies. Leslie-Anne Leigh of Vine Hell has had the same positive experiences with the Probio Equine range, which she has used on her farm for three years. In a recent interview, she stated that the flies in her stables have ‘completely disappeared’. She also remarked on the benefit of being able to re-use manure as compost, continuing the natural cycle of healthy bacteria across the farm. The Probio Equine range works by creating and maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in the stables. The Equine range, comprised of Bio Clean and Odour Away, helps you to control ammonia levels in stables, reduce fly pests, save on sawdust and . . .
Exhibition: Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa Artists: Various Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 8 October – 6 December 2014 Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa opens at Standard Bank Gallery on 8 October 2014. Originating out of a desire to showcase the extraordinary national treasure of botanical illustrations in the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) collection, and extended by curator Cyril Coetzee, Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa brings together three intersecting themes: botanical illustrations from SANBI and other collections; contemporary botanically inspired fine art; and southern African objects of material culture made from a variety of grasses, reeds and creepers. Among the works on view are 18th-century hand-coloured etchings by Francis Bauer and delicate watercolours by Georg Dionysius Ehret, plus a selection of antique books, containing works by Francis Masson, Jan Commelijn, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Henry Andrews and others. On display too are 20th-century botanical illustrations including grasses by Gertrude Laurence and J.P.H. Acocks, and wild flowers from in and around South Africa painted and drawn by such well-known artists as Cythna Letty, Ellaphie Ward-Hilhorst and Auriol Batten. The delicate botanical illustrations are complemented by exuberant, richly coloured and textured works by contemporary artists, including William Kentridge, Helmut Starcke and Walter Oltmann that demonstrate a fascination with the structure of plants, as do the works of Keith Struthers, who explores the precise geometry of plants as an underpinning for architectural design. These sit alongside a collection of woven baskets and mats, offering fascinating insights into the range and diversity of South Africa’s contemporary cultural production. In a world where our view of what is around us is increasingly shaped by the . . .
In less than a week, like-minded people and organisations across the globe will raise their voices against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn by hosting events, shows and a variety of other creative initiatives for World Rhino Day on 22 September. First Car Rental’s ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ charity campaign in aid of The Rhino Orphanage based in Limpopo will be driving rhino awareness by taking part in one of these events, Race the Rhino. Race the Rhino is a mountain bike competition that challenges mountain bikers to ride for rhino conservation, with event proceeds going to non-profit organisations such as Poached Rhino and the Renosterveld Trust. This year the race will be held at the Van Gaalens MTB Park, Hartbeespoort Dam, Gauteng, on 20 September, the Saturday preceding World Rhino Day. There will be three MTB routes - a 55km, 35km and 8km - to cater to all levels of fitness. Race organisers will be driving two of The Rhino Orphanage campaign’s Nissan Jukes, which have been vehicle-wrapped to look like a mom rhino with a baby rhino, from Johannesburg to the race venue at the Van Gaalens MTB Park. At the race, competitors and their supporters can get involved in raising awareness of The Rhino Orphanage by taking selfies with the Nissan Jukes and posting to their social media networks, making sure to tag with #Rhinos1st, to enter the competition and lucky draw associated with the campaign. Melissa Storey, Executive Head of Strategy, Development and Marketing at First Car Rental comments, “First Car Rental’s Rhino Orphanage ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ campaign has gained huge traction across South Africa since its launch in February this year. The Rhino Orphanage Jukes have been featured at the country’s leading events, with hundreds of people posting selfies helping to raise awareness of the world’s first rhino orphanage and the plight of these little offspring.” “It’s entirely fitting that The Rhino Orphanage campaign will be . . .
The Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo, happening from 11–14 September at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, is supporting First Car Rental’s ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ campaign to help raise awareness of the incredible work that The Rhino Orphanage is doing to save the world’s rhino. The ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ campaign has been designed to focus people’s attention on The Rhino Orphanage – the first non-profit organisation in the world dedicated to rehabilitating baby rhino orphaned by poaching. The campaign’s Nissan Juke, which has been specially-car wrapped to look like a mom rhino with a baby rhino, will be exhibiting at the Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo, and can be found at the centre of all the action in the main hall. Visitors can show their support by finding the Juke, taking a selfie with it and posting to social media, making sure to tag with @firstcarrental, #Rhinos1st. A R15 donation can also be made by SMSing ‘rhino’ to 49100. By posting a selfie, visitors will also be entered into the competition where they could win one of two holidays worth R20 000 each. Now in its 21st year, the Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo is the place to be for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and investors in search of new business ventures. Exhibitors range from established brands to those offering innovative franchise opportunities. A number of business support services, such as those that advise on BEE accreditation, will also be at the event. The Expo is famed for its interactive business workshops presented by South Africa’s business leaders and run throughout the event. Known as the ‘Watt-A-Buzz Zone,’ these workshops cover a range of topics, providing entrepreneurs with all the information they need to start-up and grow successful businesses. For more information visit the Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo website at www.thebereed.co.za/bofe. Follow the Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo on Twitter and . . .