The finalists for the Eco-Logic Awards 2013 have been selected. These awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3 identify and give recognition to individuals, organisations, products and services that are making a real and measurable difference in creating a more sustainable world to live in. After a nation-wide call for entries the following finalists have made the grade. Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water): City of Cape Town Eco Pools Ekurhuleni Municipality Hotel Verde Water Conservation Systems Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA Solar Technology South Africa): Hotel Verde National Business Initiative (NBI) Pick n Pay Riso Smart Solar – Coolerado Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect-a-Can): EcoPack Earth Probiotic Green Office Paarl Media REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative South Africa Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro): Delheim Wines Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre SANCCOB Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media): 50/50 Coca Cola SA Ekurhuleni Municipality Pick n Pay Unilever Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam): Ekurhuleni Municipality eThekwini Municipality George Municipality Jeffares & Green / City of Cape Town Pinnacle Conservation / Mossel Bay Municipality Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay): Birches Pre-Primary Eco School Bodado Production & Projects City of Cape Town Generation Earth and St. John’s College Uvuyo Trading Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA): Johnathan Grieve – Avondale Wine Estate Catherine Constantinides – Generation Earth Mary Honeybun – Breadtags for Wheelchairs Margaret Roestorf – SANCCOB Louise Joubert – SanWild Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO): Jeunesse Park – Food & Trees for Africa Ella Bella – Generation Earth Lorraine Jenks – Hotelstuff/Greenstuff Ray Chaplin – . . .
The South African National Dance Trust (SANDT) is delighted to announce that they have received funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the National Arts Council. This funding together with seed funding received from generous donors and cultural trusts will enable them to stage Spartacus of Africa, which will be choreographed by renowned South African choreographer Veronica Paeper who created SANDT. “Another grand scale Spartacus seemed an impossible dream in the beginning, but now that we have the funding my dream of staging Spartacus will begin to unfold. We aim to mount a grand-scale production including dancers from as many companies across the country as possible,” said Paeper. “The South African National Dance Trust aims to educate the general public nationally on the wonderful art forms of ballet and dance,” she added. The legend of Spartacus is based on an uprising of Roman slaves and was first written as a ballet in 1956. Paeper’s original version was staged in Cape Town in 1984. It is the story of a man taken into slavery, humiliated and deprived of his dignity, for whom freedom is an ideal so precious that he is prepared to die for it. “It is a story that we believe resonates here in South Africa and I have grounded the new production in Africa – the Spartacus of Africa, “ Paeper said. More Info link:: http://sandt.co.za/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. Quick Info: . . .
Dr Gulsara Edilbaeva from ENRC will be sharing her expertise on the culture of owning safety at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, on 16-17 September 2013 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg. Press Release: 29 July 2013, Johannesburg: The involvement of the top management in providing and ensuring the highest standards of health and safety for its miners has gained a lot of importance. Dr Gulsara Edilbaeva, Group Head of Sustainable Development, ENRC is a strong advocate of management commitment to occupational health and safety for all levels in the organisation. In a recent interview with the Fleming Gulf Conferences team, she said, “For safety measures to be most effective, involvement and commitment must exist from the top down through all levels of the management and this establishes the importance of safety and guarantees support for individual elements of the safety program. By involving management, you are starting the process of management owning safety.” She believes that the lack of effective communication is the biggest challenge between having the knowledge and actual implementation of health and safety guidelines. With respect to the means in which the management can communicate its responsibility to keep its employees safe and healthy, she said, “Management must lead by example and believe that safety is as important as cost, productivity, quality, and employee relations. Management needs to build a culture of trust and openness that shows that they really care.” Speaking at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, taking place on 16-17 September in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr Edilbaeva will address occupational health and safety professionals from top mining companies on bridging the gap between knowledge and implementation, and on how the organisation can inculcate the culture of owning safety. The conference will also feature speakers and panelists including Anthony Coutinho, Department . . .
World-class university choirs from Yale and UCT will join in concert in a once-off performance at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 July 2013. The UCT Choir and renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will perform excerpts from their respective repertoires, in a concert supported by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and the South African College of Music (SACM). Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest collegiate a Capella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. The group has become one of Yale University’s most celebrated traditions, gathering a notable audience including Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and II, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama. The group has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and for events such as The World Series, Saturday Night Live, The West Wing, and NBC'sThe Sing Off. Under the baton of conductor Andy Berry the Whiffenpoofs perform throughout the year within the United States, and travel internationally during selected periods. The UCT Choir is the most diverse musical group at the University of Cape Town. It is a fully student-run ensemble, welcoming students from every faculty and discipline, as well as alumni and external members. The fifty-person choir, currently under the direction of Kurt Haupt, was founded in 1985 and plays an active role in the musical life of Cape Town, also touring nationally. Singers and audiences are exposed to a rich variety of choral music from classical to contemporary genres, both sacred and secular. In 2010, the UCT Choir released its first CD, which featured music from its 25th anniversary year, and has since released two additional CDs. The concert will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2013, at 20:15 at the Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town. Tickets cost R60 (adults) and R30 . . .
LET YOUR CHILD ENJOY WINTER WONDERS AT Kirstenbosch Winter Wonders takes off for the kids at Kirstenbosch Three weeks of winter school holidays and what to do with the kids? The answer is to take them off to Winter Wonders at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. From Monday 24 June until Friday 12 July the garden offers activities that will have your kids creating, learning, walking and generally having fun. Simply the best time to bask in the beauty of Kirstenbosch’s winter mantle and ensure the holidays pass by in a flash. Meet the wonderful characters who inhabit the garden at our storytelling sessions, enjoy the popular puppet show, join an exciting adventure walk - a parent or grandparent can come too - or simply create a beautiful piece of craft work using things from the garden. The choice is yours for a fun (and relaxed) school holiday. This is the time to let the kids explore the most beautiful garden in Africa in the midst of its Centenary year and learn more about the environment we live in. With entry to the Garden FREE for children six years to 17 years during this period this is the perfect outing for the whole family. Booking for all events is essential. See full programme details on www.sanbi.org.za Enquiries: 021 799 8783 FREE EVENTS Guided Walks Please note: A maximum of 40 children can attend each walk: Reservations are essential: Call THE KIRSTENBOSCH INFORMATION CENTRE 021 799 8783 Tuesday 25 June and Tuesday 2 July: The Hundred Years Adventure Walk – A ramble with stories and fun to celebrate Kirstenbosch’s 100th birthday! For children aged 4-10. Bring a snack & juice, and a pencil and crayons/coloured pens. Bring your Parents as well if you wish. Led by Botanical Society volunteer guide Ann MacGregor. Wednesday 26 June: Adventure Walk with Daphne Mackie, storyteller extraordinaire and Kirstenbosch guru, brings the Garden to life with her magical book, “Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch”. Thursday . . .
Hopewell Conservation Estate will be hosting a public showcase this July. Organisers are inviting the public, events coordinators and company executives to take a tour of the reserve which features a fully equipped function venue as well as a number of residential stands. Designed by award winning architect, Richard Stretton, the contemporary architecture of the reception building is suitable for a variety of functions, including weddings, parties, teambuilding and corporate events. Surrounded by a pristine nature reserve, Hopewell is a showcase of the Eastern Cape’s natural heritage just minutes away from Newton Park. Detailed plans of residential homes have been prepared by Stretton who focuses on sustainable “green” architecture. His contemporary designs make use of the natural stone and other materials found in the area, and are designed to complement the home owner’s lifestyle. The Hopewell Conservation Estate showcase will feature delicious Belgian chocolate delights, exquisite wines and fantastic food. Sit back and relax to the sounds of country vibes from the Two Tone band, surrounded by nature-inspired works of art. The showcase will also include a culinary experience by Dean Dickinson from Imagination Foods. Other exhibitors include designer Johan Wolmerans, Ian Zaaiman Photography, Chocalat, Winezani Wines, Ebony Earth furniture, and artists Duncan Stewart, Shelley- Anne Graham, Banele Njadayi and Graham Jones. To book your spot at the showcase, contact Kevin Taylor for more details: 079 502 0035 or email@example.com The showcase will take place on: Friday 5 July: 16h00 - High tea experience Saturday 6 July: 10h00 - Welcome drinks & snacks 12h00 - Homemade soups & Mediterranean breads 14h00 - Cooking demo by Dean Dickson of Imagination Foods URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from . Originally distributed by . . .
South African artist Simon Max Bannister has been announced the 2013 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. He received the award on 3 June at a prize giving event at the Mall Galleries in London, for his pieceLong Journey from Londolozi - a large sculptural trio of giraffe. Bannister accepted this prestigious award of ?10 000 from wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and special guest and DSWF supporter, David Gower. The prestigious competition, in its sixth year, honours exceptional wildlife art from around the world. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a UK-based charity funding key projects in Africa and Asia working to save critically endangered mammals in the wild. “The entries were quite magnificent this year and Simon is a very worthy winner,” said wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE who launched the art competition in 2008 to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife. “From the judges’ point of view the drama and technical excellence in all the work was quite breath-taking.” Simon Max Bannister, who is currently based at Londolozi Game Reserve as artist in residence, has been creating sculptural artworks for 3 years. After working with his degree in Graphic Design he started to experiment with expressing his creativity through alternative means, including earth, stone, leaf, water, light, shadow and even plastic. “It is ultimately the creative processes of nature that inspire his creative endeavors,” said Bannister. He has participated in events such as Site_Specific, AfrikaBurn, Infecting the City and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. He has created multiple private commissions for wine estates, game reserves and educational facilities. While keeping a diversity in materials, his style is unique and his passionate creativity is in tune with the climate of the times. For more information on his work, visitwww.simonmaxbannister.com URL: . . .
The Eco-Logic Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia (in association with SABC3), have announced that entries are now open for individuals and organisations to submit their products, services, innovations and achievements via www.enviropaedia.com. In their third year, the Awards are regarded as one of South Africa’s most inspirational and influential acknowledgements and support of individuals and organisations that are making a real and measurable difference in creating a more sustainable world to live in. “The Eco-Logic Awards are based on a set of values and thinking patterns that go beyond a traditional ‘green’ conservation mentality, inviting us to step up into a more evolved level of ‘eco-logical’ consciousness and thinking that is represented by the colour blue and is put into practice through the art and science of Biomimicry and the principles of a Blue Economy,” says The Enviropaedia Editor, David Parry-Davies. The 2013 Eco-Logic Award categories are: 1. The Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water) 2. The Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA DE) 3. The Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect a Can) 4. The Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro) 5. The Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media) 6. The Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam) 7. The Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay) 8. The Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA) 9. The Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO) 10. The Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by Standard Bank) 11. Eco-Community Award (sponsored by SABC3) 12. The Lifetime achievement Award. 13. The Transport Award. Following a decade of success as one of South Africa’s very first ‘green’ publications and directories, The Enviropaedia introduced the Eco-Logic Awards three years ago, to extend its reach even further by recognising individuals and organisations that are making a real and measurable contribution towards creating a more sustainable world to live in. One of the key objectives of The . . .
2013 is a milestone year for both Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Botanical Society of South Africa as both celebrate their centenary. In celebration, one of the special walks arranged by the Botanical Societies Kirstenbosch Branch volunteer Garden Guides is the Centenarian Walk that visits the garden’s oldest and most distinguished residents - plants that have been growing at Kirstenbosch for 100 years or more, and plants that were introduced during the first five years and are still here today. Camphor and Ficus Avenues in Kirstenbosch are lined with trees planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898, while other plants such as the Buffalo Thorn, Forest Elder, Suurberg Cushion Bush and the White-haired Cycad were introduced in 1913. The English Oaks can be traced back to a period between 1820 and 1890 when the land now occupied by Kirstenbosch was a farm. Join the experienced guides for the Centenarian Walk on the third Saturday of every month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Booking is essential. Call 021 799 8783 or www.sanbi.org.za Details: Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 Time: 10:00 AM Booking Essential Contact: 021 799 8783 Website: www.sanbi.org.za These walks will be happening every third Saturday of the month for the rest of the year. URL: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Anthony Coutinho will be addressing health & safety challenges faced by the mining industry at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg 23 May 2013, Johannesburg: Mining companies recognise the inherent value of its human resource in the mining profession and have been stressing on the need for improved health and safety facilities for its employees. With the emergance of small-scale operations in South Africa, the workplace fatality rate of these mines is up to 90 times higher than that for mines in industrialised countries (report by ILO). In the quest to achieve zero harm, mining companies have been looking to foster a culture that will drive organisations towards safer practices at mines. The key for this lies in anticipating the problems faced by miners and responding to them to make sure that these accidents are prevented. Anthony Coutinho, Director - Mine Safety from the Department of Mineral Resources, South Africa says that the main challenge faced by the mining industry with respect to health and safety of its employees is the “battle that the employers have in balancing cost-effective production with eliminating the health and safety risks that face the industry.” In terms of the South African mining industry, Mr Coutinho believes that the country is on its way to putting in place the legislation in order to reduce health and safety risks to miners. To shed more light on this, Anthony Coutinho will be speaking at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, taking place on 16-17 September 2013 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa. He will also share his insights into the application of health and safety policies to the global mining industry. This forum will also feature presentations from Philip Stephenson, Newmont Mining, VP Health Safety Loss Prevention & Security, US; Brian Chicksen, AngloGold Ashanti, VP Safety, . . .