Ronnie Recycler (Mpact Recycling celebrity mascot) says that by recycling our milk and juice cartons, we prevent them from becoming waste and give them a new life. This is a big deal because by doing so we also get to protect our natural resources, and reduce the dangers of litter on our environment, as well as health problems linked to air and land pollution. What exactly is ‘waste’? Waste is anything that we throw away or get rid of, and it doesn’t get re-used. That waste can lie around as litter on the ground, or it eventually gets collected and dumped in what is called a ‘landfill’, where it could remain forever. Companies like Mpact Recycling collect and separate that waste material, so that it can then be sent to the appropriate Mpact mill where it is made into new reels of paper and eventually new packaging products. That is a lot better than letting it remain as litter. How can you help? If your school runs a recycling programme, look out for our green Ronnie bank and deposit as much as possible of your recyclables - including paper packaging, and your milk and juice cartons. Just make sure the carton is empty of all its contents and flattened before you dispose it for recycling. When these banks are filled up, Mpact Recycling collects the recyclables and often you can even get to meet Ronnie Recycler himself on one of his many school visits around the country, where he encourages recycling among the youth. Get your school signed up onto the Ronnie Recycler programme – if they are not recycling already. This way you can play your part in saving the environment, by disposing of these, and all other recyclable paper products, in your nearest Ronnie bank at a church or community centre plus they will raise much needed funds through your donation. Alternatively, you can participate through Mpact Recycling’s kerbside collection service which is provided at no cost to households and has been running for over twenty years. Instead of . . .
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 22 June 2017: Mpho Nemukula realized from a very young age that she wanted to be a farmer. Entering the male-dominated agricultural industry was no easy feat, but her love of and passion for farming has contributed to her success as a poultry farm manager. Nemukula, 34, who works as an Area Manager for Sovereign Foods (JSE: Sov Food), in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, said that despite the many challenges facing the youth of today, from being victims of crime, unemployment, substance abuse and peer pressure, they should find something that they love and go after their dreams. Nemukula, like many other South Africans, will take time today to honour the deaths of the Soweto schoolchildren of 1976 that changed the course of South Africa’s history. “Youth day is very important for me. I appreciate the lives that were lost in order for me to get a quality education and to be where I am today. I shall forever be grateful and salute this day,” she said. Her messages of inspiration to the youth are to “be true to yourself, what you think is what you become, and lastly don’t try to fit in, but try to be unique.” Nemukula was born in Nzhelele Village in Limpopo Province. With three brothers, she admits to growing up as a tomboy. “Having grown up with my three brothers I realised very early in life that gender shouldn’t matter and that I can do anything that I love doing. In high school I learned about agriculture and decided to get involved in this male-dominated industry.” She started working as a trainee student at Sovereign Foods 10 years ago. From there she became a farm supervisor. Thereafter she was promoted to a successful farm manager. This was followed with another promotion to a senior farm manager. Today she is an area manager responsible for the management of three farms and over 140 000 broiler breeder chickens. “Sovereign Foods helped to further my education by investing in my enrolment in a Management . . .
NMMU will be sending a potent four-man team to defend their title when the University Sport South Africa golf tournament is played at Centurion Country Club in Northern Gauteng next month. The KPMG Madibaz team dominated last year's event at Humewood in Port Elizabeth, winning the A and B sections, while Luke Jerling was crowned the individual champion. Jerling has since turned professional but club manager Karl du Preez feels they have a good chance of retaining the title, even though there will be some pressure on them as the holders. "Yes, there will obviously be the challenge to perform as well as last year and a contributing factor is that we are playing inland," he said. "It is often perceived that coastal teams are better players at coastal courses." However, he felt that they would still be among the title contenders, with two capable newcomers in Kyle de Beer and Altin van der Merwe. "We are only sending one four-man team this year and two of them, Jacques Smith and Hando Brophy, are very experienced at playing USSA tournaments. "The ‘rookies' (De Beer and Van der Merwe) have extensive experience playing national tournaments and will have major roles to play in assuring success." He pointed out that all four had been chosen for the USSA national team which competed in the SA Challenge Cup in the Western Cape in May, while De Beer had also been selected to represent South Africa at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei in August. "In my opinion, we have a strong side, which, I think, will be very competitive." Du Preez said the USSA tournament was a major goal for the club and that they had put in extensive preparations for the event. "The success of the USSA team acts as a major drawcard for potential students to join the varsity so this makes it an important event for us." He said the students had played in most of the EPGU and NMMU Order of Merit events this year and have attended numerous practice sessions at Humewood . . .
Port Elizabeth, 22 June -- SANRAL today announced that as many as 55 000 persons, equivalent to five per cent of the estimated 980 000 currently unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape, could gain some employment through the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). “The Eastern Cape’s official unemployment rate stands at 28.6%, expanded unemployment extends to 44.5% and over two million grants are being paid out every month. “As bad as this figure is, it is an average and hides even more horrifying local statistics, with certain rural municipalities such as Ingquza Hill (based around Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Holy Cross) having unemployment figures in excess of 85%,” Craig McLachlan, SANRAL’s N2WCTR Project Manager said. The N2WCTR is set to alleviate some of the pressure experienced by many as a result of this unemployment. “While some of the estimated 55 000 jobs to be created will ensure people that are currently employed stay employed, a significant portion will be new jobs. “Potentially, as much as five per cent of the estimated 980 000 unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape could gain some employment through the project and its spin offs,” McLachlan said. Approximately five percent of the budget for the 112 kilometre greenfields section of the N2WCTR will be spent on labour. More than R400 million will be allocated to wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers employed directly on the N2WCTR project. A further R1.5 billion is destined for local SMMEs comprising of local contractors and local suppliers of goods and services to the road and bridge construction projects. “SANRAL’s direct job creation forecast is 1.8 million man-days or 8 000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over the construction period of four to five years. These jobs will not just be for unskilled labour but will include semi-skilled and skilled jobs as well, including local builders, engineers, grader operators, excavator operators, welders, mechanics, foremen, . . .
Our rising on-and-off-road triathlon star, Mikaela Jonsson (19, Jeep Team), leaves for Europe on Tuesday 27th June to race the 2017 XTERRA France for the first time in the Professional Division. XTERRA France takes place on the 1st and 2nd July 2017 As a pro athlete, Jonsson will be swimming one loop of 1500m in the lake of Longemer, mountain biking 34km in the heart of Vogesen Mountains, and trail running 10km to finish. The Triathlon XTERRA France is the official qualifier for XTERRA World Championships 2017, which Jonsson will be aiming for. There will be more than 1000 athletes from around the globe on the start line at the 2017 edition of EXTERRA France making this a formidable racing calendar event to conquer. The XTERRA Editions have expanded globally as qualifying circuits for the World Championships taking place every October in Hawaii on Maui Island. Says Jonsson, “My major Triathlon racing focus this year is to get to Europe to race part of the European XTERRA Tour starting with EXTERRA France. It will be my first season racing as a pro and I can’t wait to give it my all. Finally, I aim to compete in the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Canada on the 20th of August this year.” If you are fan of the Tour de France, XTERRA France is the place to be as the Tour de France to going to Vogesen on Tuesday 4th July at Vittel, and on Wednesday 5th July, the first stage finish is at the high altitude, La Planche des Belles Filles. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The concept of leadership is becoming increasingly ambiguous. In fact, results of the World Economic Forum’s recent Survey on the Global Agenda showed that 86% of respondents believe the world faces a leadership crisis. In South Africa, one only needs to scan news media to notice the impact of this crisis on the lives of ordinary citizens. With many South African leaders accused of corruption, bribery, and a range of unscrupulous practices, questions surrounding what it means to be a leader in the 21st century continue to be raised. This is especially the case when managers and leader demonstrate a decided lack of commitment towards moral and ethical awareness to lead teams and organisations into the future. In particular, questions around conscious and conversational forms of leadership have emerged as important. Consciousness opens doors to ethical leadership There is an increasing body of evidence which suggests that higher levels of consciousness are needed to ensure the sustainability of all life forms. Conscious leadership employs inspiration, evocations of greatness, mutual trust and truth-telling, and empowers leaders to have strong levels of trust in themselves and in their followers. The incorporation of the idea of consciousness into leadership practices not only helps to add an ethical base to leadership endeavours, but also promotes forward-thinking, sustainability-focused business practices. Conscious leadership promotes long-term thinking focused on the greater good, rather than on short-term benefits. This type of leadership thinking opens greater opportunities for the creation of social justice, promotes a respect for the natural environmental and ensures that leaders make decisions aligned with their commitments to a strong sense of moral and ethical awareness. Conversations encourage ethical and collective leadership Honest, ethical and authentic conversations between leaders and their executives, managers and . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced a new series of AC/DC coil compatible contactors from Schneider Electric. Schneider has upgraded its TeSys D range with the TeSys D Green range that features lower energy consumption and AC/DC coils, meaning every coil can be energised with either AC or DC current. Making it easy for customers to upgrade and gain the improved energy efficiencies, the new range is backward compatible with all current TeSys D accessories and support products and offers consistent low-energy contactors that handle 9 to 80A, and cover control voltages from 24 to 500V AC or DC. Designed to take up less space in machines and electrical cabinets, the range offers a number of advantages. For example, low control current leads to lower energy consumption with a reduced coil power of just 0.5W at 24V DC, making a major contribution to the energy efficiency of a machine. In addition, a special contactor product that handles 40 to 65A and can connect directly to PLC control, as the device can be driven by a common 24V DC / 500mA static output, means that a relay interface is no longer required. Meeting the SEMI F47 standard, the range offers higher resistance to voltage surges and grid disruptions to provider higher uptime. The contactors also offer reduced contact bounce as the devices retain the same high resistance to shock and vibration as the TeSys D range. Other advantages include a constant closing and opening time, regardless of voltage fluctuation, delivering reliable repetitive actuation. Also, when maintenance is required one TeSys D Green can replace many standard contactors. The Schneider Electric TeSys D Green is now available from RS. Further information on plant maintenance solutions available from RS can be found here: http://smarturl.it/plant-maintenance. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
Innovation house RubiBlue has launched Data Sight. A new company to address the need for emerging market data and its analysis as brands, corporations and start-ups look to enter Africa and connect with the 1.1 billion people on the continent who will account for one-fifth of the world’s population by 2025. “Africa has its own nuances, and its complex cultures within its different countries hold a myriad of challenges for established businesses and start-ups looking to enter its new markets,” says RubiBlue MD and founder of Data Sight. “If you don’t understand consumers in the territory you’re entering, you’re setting yourself up to fail.” With over ten years working in Africa and enabling financial institutions to access rural markets and give access to financial security for millions of Africans, RubiBlue is well positioned to aggregate and process vast amounts of consumer data in this sector. “There are currently 293.8 million smartphone users across the continent,” adds Ogden. “And according to research firm Ovum, the smartphone penetration rate will grow at 52.9% year-on-year. It’s these smartphone users we will use to collect data from and create a picture of Africa’s consumers.” Data Sight subscribers will be surveyed and rewarded with data or airtime vouchers upon completion of question sets, as well as many other partnered value-added service (VAS) providers across Africa. “Creating and owning its data, and the ability to carry out surveys on demand from a uniquely dynamic platform, Data Sight will partner with organisations and entrepreneurs to furnish them with the insight they need,” adds Ogden. “Most businesses don’t have access or the expertise to collect and analyse vast amounts of data. Which is where our experience and expertise adds value.” To find out more, speak to the RubiBlue team on 011 326 37 94 or email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Brilliant designer showcase at the Durban Exhibition Centre this July The 2017 ECR House & Garden Show introduces a fresh partnership with KAPOW, the design and décor industry’s independent networking organization. Headed by Interior designers Jennifer Jones and Caron Mitchell, KAPOW aims to tackle the misconception that interior design and decorating is not accessible to the everyday home owner. Your line up of interior design inspiration heading to this year’s ECR House & Garden Show. (l-r) Owen Reeves, Lee Booy, Nicky Fraser, Wisty Raleigh, Jennifer Jones, Hayley Larson, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Phillipa Courtenay Central to the project at this year’s ECR House & Garden Show is the KAPOW Designer Café presented by Dulux, where invited decorators and interior designers each partner with fabric houses to create seven different cameo stands. Visitors will be inspired by KAPOW designers’ interpretation of the latest trends, alongside daily talks and launches of the season’s current fabric ranges. “The idea that designers cost the home owner more than retail shopping is a myth,” said Jennifer Jones, interior designer and KAPOW committee chairperson. “By offering direct access to top designers, we’ll be connecting show visitors with extensive international and local products, not to mention the invaluable advice and input that a designer offers.” Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. “Collaborating with the KAPOW Designer Café affords Dulux the opportunity to showcase our versatile colour trends and offer expert advice on how to select the right colours and make a décor statement, living up to our mission of Adding Colour to People’s LivesTM” said . . .
St Mary’s Foundation fosters the holistic development of students Female participation in sport advances gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. St Mary’s School Waverley recognises the physical, emotional, social and educational benefits of sport that continue into adulthood. However, many young children are excluded from the opportunity to play sport due to lack of resources or access to quality sport programs. Overcoming hurdles Panashe Sithole and Sasha Dikotla are champions in the making through St Mary’s Foundation scholarships. These scholarships have afforded the girls the opportunity to not only receive a world-class education but also top-class sport training allowing them to develop in all aspects of life – beyond the impact on physical well-being. Empowered to succeed Studies show women’s participation in sport is an important social and economic empowerment tool. Through sport, women acquire social skills, develop a sense of identity and access new opportunities to become more engaged in school and community life. Sport also serves to improve and drive academic excellence and critical skills necessary for success in the workplace. Research shows 94% of female senior executives played sport – suggesting a strong correlation between success in sport and in careers later in life. Building champions Sport also promotes psychological wellbeing through self-esteem and confidence building. It reduces stress, anxiety and loneliness. This is particularly important as rates of depression among women are almost double those of men in both developed and developing countries. Children who participate in sport receive praise and encouragement from coaches, parents and team members, which helps to build self-confidence. They also learn to trust in their abilities, accept criticism and grow. From barriers to benefits The two passionate scholarship recipients at St Mary’s Waverley believe women aren’t given enough credit . . .