TSHWANE – SOUTH Africa’s largest zoo, the National Zoological Garden of South Africa (NZG), on Wednesday launched a recycling pilot project aimed at job creation and addressing the massive litter problem which its thousands of annual visitors leave in their wake. Should the programme prove successful, it could also be rolled out at the Mokopane Biodiversity Centre in Limpopo. The pilot project, which was founded in conjunction with the national PET Recycling Company (PETCO) and the City of Tshwane, will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water cooperative. The NZG’s acting manager for commercial services and business development, Marcel Singh, said five previously unemployed Tshwane residents had been trained and appointed to collect and sort the high volumes of recyclable materials generated daily by the zoo’s restaurants, curio shops, offices, research facilities, animal kitchens and veterinary hospital. “This project forms part of the NZG’s environmental management plan and recycling is just one area in which we are committed to expanding our green footprint,” said Singh, adding that this was in compliance with the National Environmental Management: Waste Act. “In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we are also waging a war on littering, which is a huge problem. The NZG is currently in the concept phases of developing environmental campaigns aimed at reducing our plastic waste and educating visitors.” PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz applauded the zoo for taking a proactive stance on waste management, while providing jobs and skills development for future entrepreneurs. “The PET industry has long been committed to reducing the environmental impact of PET plastic packaging. This is another fantastic platform for us to engage with the public sector to make a meaningful difference,” said Scholtz. “Keeping waste out of landfills and leveraging the economic value of recyclable materials presents a great . . .
Dentistry and the supply of dental equipment and consumables may not be the first industry you think of when you hear the words Black Economic Empowerment. However, as with any other industry in South Africa, the development of the previously disadvantaged in dentistry is key to providing holistic health services across the country. And one man has made it mission to spread the word and level the dental playing field so that all practices are given fair and equal treatment, no matter where they are placed geographically or even economically. This man is Joseph Shai, the MOH Sales Specialist at Dentsply Sirona, SA’s leading supplier of dental equipment and consumables. One of the mandates the company has set itself to invest in growth, boosting market share and thereby contributing to the national objectives for poverty and inequality reduction through job creation, specifically in dentistry. Joseph points out some differences between dental practices in previously disadvantaged areas and those in more affluent areas. The most marked difference is that in the former, most dentists have two to three practices and no appointments - they run around from one practice to another providing the best, but hurried service to their patients. Meanwhile in the latter, there are group partnerships, with fixed appointments, better equipment and more managed practices. In addition Joseph believes that dentists in the former areas are sorely in need of more business skills, and so is intent on upskilling them and sharing his knowledge with them. “Firstly I must be a consultant to the dentists,” explains Joseph, “I must help them market their business and they must invest in marketing themselves and their services, provide quality services and also skill themselves and use quality and reputable products. “Denstply Sirona, who themselves are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care, are well placed to assist me with . . .
I comprehend, that my life was preordained by God long before He set the entire universe in order. My journey, failures, challenges, ordeals, catastrophes, trials, tribulations, prison circumstances, and including my “HIV Status,” have made me to realized, that there are no limits that can hinder me from reaching my God given destiny – unless I place those limitations upon myself!” Remember, the choices that you make today – will determine who or what you will become tomorrow: You are the product of your mind. Thomas Edison asserted “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.” Nhlakanipho Tsakane Siyanda Sikobi, had spent many awkward years on the street – sleeping out in the cold freezing weather without blankets, he was also imprisoned on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, he’d never stopped seeking his dreams, purpose, identity and destiny through God’s Word – regardless of the “ordeals, facing him daily in prison, like the conditions he was experiencing in his dark prison cell. However; God shone His “Light” upon his life and the zeal to transform and discover his dream and purpose was born. He’s absolutely convinced that “Winners” were not intended to be like Springbuck, but are rather similar to a chameleon, they can change their colour at any time to blend in with their environment. “What I believe is, they are created with perseverance – and they walk slowly towards their destiny. Chameleon understands that, to persevere is a sign of “Victory, – No matter what, they will never change their desire, instinct and determination. Success is not for people who run swiftly like the Springbuck, but for those who ‘imitate the chameleon’ – and never worry about how long the journey to success will take. They are determined and optimistic. “If your determination and potential to excel is strong enough, then Failure, will not defeat the enthusiasm for success within you, nor the power to discover your . . .
Collegiate Girls' High School became involved with the SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday campaign for the first time yesterday when a number of schoolgirls experienced what people with disabilities face on a daily basis. The campaign, organised by the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities, is being held in Nelson Mandela Bay for the seventh year, with volunteers spending four hours in a wheelchair undergoing a number of tasks. The objectives are to raise awareness about the difficulties those with disabilities face and to generate funds to buy wheelchairs for those in need. For the first time a school came on board when members of Collegiate's Interact Society, under the guidance of teacher Carla Grobler, volunteered to spend time in a wheelchair. SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager, Alan Stapleton, welcomed the initiative from the school. "Hopefully, it's the start of a new dawn of rolling out Wheelchair Wednesday among the schools of Nelson Mandela Bay," he said. "This is a chance to open the eyes of our younger members of society to illustrate the difficulties disabled people face. The earlier we can educate them about the challenges, the better for all." Grobler said the Interact Society, under President Jancke Blume, had embraced the challenge, as it has done with many community projects throughout the year. "This is a chance for the girls to become aware of the issues at stake and to give back to the community," she said. "In addition, for some of the girls it's an opportunity to experience in real time the problems people with disabilities face on a daily basis." Blume took the role of assistant yesterday to school peer, Mbali Titi, who bravely became the wheelchair volunteer. It turned out to be an enlightening experience for all concerned. Titi said the assignment gave her first-hand experience of how many daily tasks she takes for granted are not easy for those in wheelchairs. "It was really good to . . .
JOHANNESBURG — Today, there are so many things that create anxiety in people’s lives and courage is essential in dealing with this anxiety and overcoming day-to-day challenges that range from the most basic to the most complex. It is therefore thrilling that Jehovah’s Witnesses will be holding a three -day convention with the theme: “Be Courageous!” This year’s convention will show how we can develop this essential attribute in accordance to what the Bible tells us, apply it practically in our lives and note its benefits in helping us hold a bright outlook for the future. Starting from Friday September 7th - 9th 2018, the Witnesses will be hosting this free event at the FNB Stadium/ Soccer City in Johannesburg in what is expected to be the largest 3- day conference to be held in South Africa. The Soccer City convention will be held simultaneously in 3 languages being English, isiZulu and Sesotho. An estimated 70 000 people are expected to attend. A few weeks later, on September 28th – 30th 2018, separate sessions in Setswana, Shona, Tsonga, Sepedi, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre otherwise known as Nasrec. The other notable convention will be the Sign Language Convention to be held on August 31st –September 2nd 2018 at the Midrand Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Country- View, Midrand. The Midrand Assembly Hall will also be the venue for the Venda language convention on the weekend of September 7th – September 9th, Chichewa on September 14th- September 16th and French on the weekend of September 21st- September 23rd 2018. As they have in years past, the Witnesses will distribute a special invitation to the public welcoming them to attend the programme. The dates and locations for each convention as well as the programme schedule can be found on the Witnesses’ official website www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions. There is no admission fee and no collection . . .
When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges. I have been involved with various African and international NGOs and development organisations for the past 25 years, both professionally and through my desert running efforts, and it is therefore not too difficult to find the correlation between the challenges associated with making the world a better place, and completing a multi-stage desert foot race in some of the harshest environments on the planet. My next desert race is the six-day, 250km Fire and Ice Ultra from 27 August - 1 September 2018 in Iceland. This will be my tenth international desert race, and if successful, I will become the first African, and one of only a small group of people, to complete a multi-stage desert race on all seven continents. Beyond achieving a special running milestone, the period before and during the race is also another opportunity to do something special in support of African NGOs making a difference in society. I am dedicating my participation in the Fire and Ice Ultra to the African NGO sector in general. It is an opportunity to celebrate NGOs’ unique contributions across the continent, generate support and awareness for their work, and reflect on the state of the sector. During the final 50 days leading up to the race (9 July - 27 August 2018), I’m implementing the #NGOs4Africa Campaign which consists of the following components: Publishing profiles of 50 African NGOs that I have admired, supported or worked with over the years; Publishing 15 guest articles by NGO leaders and experts about critical challenges and opportunities facing NGOs in Africa; Publishing 10 articles about . . .
It’s time to shake off the winter chill and start afresh with the first-ever Subz Spring Fling High Tea fundraiser for Project Dignity, taking place at Kloof Country Club on Wednesday, 5 September. “This is going to be a fun and glamorous morning as a celebration of Women’s Month while raising funds for packs of Subz Pants and Pads. The distribution of these reusable pads through Project Dignity will empower South African schoolgirls, freeing them from the economic burden of buying sanitary pads monthly, or missing school because they can’t afford them,” explained Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads. Barnes established Subz Pants and Pads as an economically and environmentally preferable option to disposable sanitary pads. She was prompted to research reusable sanitary pads when she learnt that the education of thousands of South African schoolgirls was interrupted monthly because of a lack of access to sanitary wear. Project Dignity was launched as an NPO extension of the company, raising funds for the donations of Subz packs to disadvantaged schoolgirls across the country. The Subz Spring Fling High Tea will be the first Subz-hosted fundraising initiative for the NPO. “We are very excited to be welcoming marine conservation expert, and a true icon for female empowerment, Pam le Noury, as guest speaker for this fundraising event,” continued Barnes. “She is committed to educating people about the importance of sustainability, which aligns with the Subz ethos, and is keen to be involved in our ongoing effort to promote dignity for all young women.” Marine scientist, PADI dive instructor, zodiac skipper, sailor and committed ocean conservationist, Pam Le Noury, will enthral guests at the High Tea with her talk entitled ‘Ocean Conservation’. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with Subz and create more awareness about the importance of sustainable options. The work Subz is doing really resonates with me – they’re directly addressing the . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith and Newcastle. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Allan Hodgson and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the African Enterprise Conference, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 20 August 2018, the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith on . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you. South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Middleburg, Ermelo and Piet Retief. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Berenice Muller and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the Southern Sun The Ridge on Monday 13 August 2018, the Izimbali Lodge on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 and Welgekozen Country Lodge on . . .
Johannesburg August 2018: South African media has joined forces in the 7% Tribe, a new initiative to empower and advance South African women. South African women are a force to be reckoned with. Just look at how the 20 000 women who marched against pass laws on 9 August 1956 helped to change the course of history; or how Advocate Thuli Madonsela, as then Public Protector, took a stand against forces far greater than herself in her quest to uphold South Africa’s democracy. The sad fact, however, is that – in spite of their skills, talents, grit and determination – women do not receive the support they require in the workplace. Perhaps that’s why, when Steyn City first planned a Women’s Day Event to salute its female residents – many of whom are corporate executives, entrepreneurs and social activists – enthusiasm for the project propelled it forward until it became a movement; specifically, the 7% Tribe. Says Tammy Menton, Group Head of Marketing and Events at Steyn City, who co-founded the movement with Janez Vermeiren and Yusuf Stevens of Cheeky Media, “The response to the concept was overwhelming. We realised this was becoming something far bigger than we could have imagined. From being a celebratory event, it has become a movement with potential to effect real change.” Adds Giuseppe Plumari CEO of Steyn City Properties, “We are delighted to co-sponsor this women’s event and acknowledge that women have an enormous role to play in our society and workplace.” Why the 7% Tribe? Because, according to statistics from the latest Bain & Company Report on Gender Disparity, which cites the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s (BWASA) census on women in leadership, 22% of board directors are women, but only 7% are executive directors. This is in spite of the fact that they make up 50% of the working age population. Added to this, the growth in the percentage of female leaders has remained flat for several years. Several reasons are given for this, . . .