Interwaste and the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum celebrated the successful completion and graduation of 16 underprivileged Olifantsfontein/Tembisan students, selected to form part of NQF Level 1 – 4 training in Waste Management, at Interwaste’s world-class FG Landfill facility in Midrand. Says Rajes Pillay, Human Resources Director at Interwaste: “If we consider that 50% of entrepreneurs in South Africa are youth – with female entrepreneurs making up 47% of the pool – then there really is a great opportunity to drive real skills to those people that will one day be our leaders of tomorrow. In fact, skills development and training form a critical pillar to South Africa’s continued improvement in GDP and in alleviating poverty within the country.” “With an increasing unemployment rate locally – training and development is becoming ever more important where corporate South Africa have a fundamental role to play in encouraging and facilitating skills development, giving South Africans the confidence to rise beyond their current situations, skill up and become solid contributing members of society and we believe that projects such as this are key to this change.” These learners – who form part of the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum – underwent an accredited Waste Management NQF Level 1 to 4 course at Interwaste’s FG Landfill facility in Midrand. The aim of this course was to transfer critical waste management skills to the youth, women in particular, in order to give them not only a qualification that they can use to improve their lives and form part of the formal working community but, very importantly, that they too could drive awareness within the community around waste management and the role we all play in effective waste management. The course was hosted by Interwaste and facilitated by Kobus Meyer from the Institute of Waste Management, covering a period of 8 days, over 4 months. Course content included the following areas: NQF . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
Raising conscious and responsible children The opposite of depression, misery, addictions and negative behavioural choices is purpose, connection, acknowledgement and a healthy sense of independence. Imagine if we could teach these valuable life skills to our children, from a very young age and within our home environments! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says that the good news is that you can, and indeed, you should, and it can be done through the teaching of responsibility within your home! Cindy highlights the following benefits of teaching a healthy sense of responsibility in children. • It helps children believe that they are capable and worthy. • It engenders feelings of achievement and upliftment. • It increases independence, which is a wonderful and necessary life-gift. • It helps increase confidence and leadership skills. • It teaches children the skills that they will need to live more successful adult lives. • It encourages self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. This will also include self-care. Cindy goes on to say “It is important to note that responsibilities within the home need to be age appropriate. Younger children can be tasked with helping to make their own beds, putting dirty clothes in the wash-basket, packing away toys, brushing their own teeth and hair and other simple-to-do tasks. Older children and teenagers can and should make their own beds and keep their personal space in order. In addition, they can be tasked with helping with cooking, washing dishes, making their own school lunches and doing their own homework.” There is a fine line between insisting, nagging and fighting with our children to become more responsible and helping them to embrace the process of learning from the experiences of becoming more responsible within their homes. Cindy gives the following do’s and don’ts to consider” consider: • Don’t expect or insist upon perfection. . . .
In 2015, Henly Kumwenda (30) and the Kingfisher-Sekanawo team from Malawi, set out to develop an arid piece of land near Lumemo into a camping site to empower the local community. The community of Lumemo currently faces a number of challenges. Many students are forced to learn under trees due to the lack of infrastructure. Those who are fortunate to have a classroom face over crowdfunding and aren't afforded basic necessities such as desks and chairs. “Many young girls are entering marriages as young as 13 and a lot of the young men work in tobacco farms as child laborers. With our volunteer programs we hope to address these key issues to allow these 460 students an opportunity to reach their full potential” – says Kumwenda Henly adds that a lack of education also makes these students vulnerable to their environment. “In the rainy season, a number of individuals are affected with cholera due to the lack of education around boiling water before consumption that poses a huge health risk.” – says Kumwenda Hoping to develop the Kingfisher campsite in Thekelo, Henly set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, to appeal to donors locally and abroad for support. Funds raised will be used to build 2 bathrooms, 3 sleeping rooms and a communal kitchen area for volunteers and is estimated to cost approximately R250 000. “My vision is that this piece of land will not only be a camping site, but a space where volunteers from all over the world can come to Malawi and invest time into developing and improving our vibrant local community through their efforts. We will also welcome holiday makers for a small fee, which will contribute to paying school fees of orphaned children in our village” says Kumwenda The campaign went live on the 19 November 2015 and has thus far raised R 193 643.50 with contributions from over 103 donors. It hass taken nearly 3 years to fund the project, which still needs approximately R60 000 to . . .
Getting a foot in the door of an agency, business or organisation you’d really love to work for is not always as easy as putting on your Sunday best and flashing the interviewer your brightest, most charming smile. Often, what they’re looking for is actually just a tertiary qualification, which is why many young people place more emphasis on obtaining an undergraduate degree. However, the mistake so many people make is believing that an undergrad qualification is all they need to build a successful and fulfilling career. Most don’t even consider the possibility of taking their studies further, and pursuing honours and post-graduate studies. Vega (a brand of The Independent Insitute of Education – The IIE) conducted a study which found that 95% of its IIE graduates in 2016 found jobs within six months after graduating, which shows why so many young people are opting to complete undergraduate studies alone, and avoid looking into studying further. “The reality is that, while an undergraduate degree might make you stand out more among other less qualified candidates applying for a job, opting against honours or post-graduate studies robs you of bigger career opportunities, and limits your ability to make a real difference within your industry and the world at large,” says Dr Carla Enslin, Head of Strategy & New Business Development at Vega. “Because you’re focused on a specific area of study, you’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people in pursuit of the same or a similar career goal – perhaps you’ll join forces to turn an innovative idea into a meaningful, award-winning reality? The possibilities at this stage are endless,” she continues. Post-graduate studies allow students to delve deeper into their chosen field and gather more in-depth knowledge, where undergraduate studies are designed to introduce you to concepts and new ways of thinking. The learnings gained during post- graduate studies are therefore invaluable, as . . .
Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has been selected as the official tertiary education partner for the upcoming Comic Con Africa event, taking place from 14-16 September 2018 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre. This year’s event marks the first Comic Con to be hosted on the African continent, giving local comic book and science fiction fans the chance to don their finest cosplay, meet international comic book artists and celebrities, and indulge in all the latest science fiction/fantasy films, television shows and popular arts. “Comic Con is the best known geek-culture event, and this is an excellent opportunity to introduce it to thousands of South Africans,” says Pieter Joubert, Gaming Navigator and resident coding expert at Vega. “We have amazing talent in our country, from local comic book artists to local indie game developers, and Comic Con Africa is a great opportunity for them to also showcase their work.” Joubert will be speaking at Comic Con Africa on The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Science (BCIS) in Game Design and Development degree, gaming as a worldwide phenomenon and the space it occupies locally, and the opportunity this presents in terms of pursuing a career in an industry that is relatively new in the local context. The IIE BCIS in Game Design and Development degree is available to study at Vega as a three-year, full-time undergraduate qualification. Participants are equipped with the skills to pursue a career in the lucrative and fast-growing industry of gaming, and, according to Joubert, leave with the ability to conceptualise and create gaming content for a variety of platforms in multiple sectors. “Coding is a fundamental component of this degree, which we believe is more than just a tool used to bring apps to life, but a valuable way for students to learn about problem-solving and creative-thinking first-hand,” he says. “Vega is proud to be . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 - Fear of the dentist is known as odontophobia, dentophobia, or more casually as dental anxiety. As dental professionals, and not mental health professionals, our focus isn’t as much on why people are afraid of the dentist, but instead on what we can do for those who are, so that they can receive compassionate and effective treatment. It is important to remember that some studies estimate up to 75% of dental patients experience mild to severe dental fear. So it’s actually more likely for a person to be uncomfortable with the idea of being in a dentist’s chair than not. At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We work with dentists to envision what‘s possible and provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support help move each procedure forward, ensuring the benefits of our innovations are realised. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices – today and for years to come. Imagine that you could now receive all the treatment you require in a single visit with the best results possible in modern dentistry? Dentsply Sirona ‘s CEREC makes exactly this possible. Dentsply Sirona have been driving CAD/CAM innovation for over 30 years, pioneering digital solutions that have changed dentistry for the better. CEREC enables dental professionals to provide you the patient with restorations, including inlays, on lays, crowns, bridges and veneers, in a single visit. Our solutions also enable them to take digital impressions and produce surgical guides and other apparatus needed for better, safer, and faster implants and orthodontics. Cerec stands for a quick and pleasant treatment with no impression tray, no annoying temporary prostheses and only one anaesthetic injection. A win-win situation: You receive the highest standards and get the best . . .
The annual Engen KlevaKidz launched in the Eastern Cape this month with super hero safety educator, Mr Wise in the starring role. KlevaKidz is an educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. Engen KlevaKidz 2018 launched in Mnyama at Mjaliswa Junior School in Mnyama, Nyandeni Rural in the Eastern Cape, followed by Mdlankomo Primary on September 11th. The educational roadshow will travel to several schools in the Oliver Tambo coastal district before moving inland and to reach schools in Mqanduli, Mnquma, Butterworth and Fort Beaufort. Over the next two weeks the campaign will reach 30 schools in the area. Engen are South Africa’s leading supplier of paraffin through the Laurel Paraffin brand. Engen KlevaKidz takes the form of an interactive educational stage drama using engaging characters to relay key safety messages in the learners’ mother tongues including Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and English, combined with jingles to reinforce the theme. In 2017, in partnership with The Communication Firm, the campaign visited 112 schools in four regions, reaching out and educating 53 714 learners. Since its inception in 2008, Engen KlevaKidz has reached over 198 714 learners in 548 schools across South Africa – from rural villages deep in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape to townships in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Free State. In this year’s show, Mr Wise is once again the super hero and main character who educates young learners about how to identify and use paraffin safely. Mr Wise interacts with learners Bongi and Junior and urges them to be careful when using paraffin. Stories are used to explain to the learners what to do if paraffin is ingested or inhaled. Mr Wise also focuses on the importance of being clean and washing hands after contact with paraffin, and how to store paraffin safely. Prizes, including super hero masks and funnels, will be handed out to . . .
True to their nature of being a community focused Shopping Centre, Park Boulevard Shopping Centre, and their tenants, are gifting Golden Hours School with a sensory garden, as part of their on-going community outreach programmes. Specifically created to heighten one’s senses - touch, smell, sight, taste and sound – with the help of the immediate environment and natural organisms around it, sensory gardens are incredibly beneficial for people of all ages, particularly those with sensory processing issues, including autism and other disabilities. The students at Golden Hours School will most certainly enjoy all the benefits and joy that the sensory garden will bring to their lives. Following several meetings with the school, and armed with a host of ideas, a currently open space has been earmarked for the garden installation. The first section of the garden, will be a sensory path measuring about 20m, which will incorporate different learning and sensory aspects, such as sight and feel. Within the sensory path, hopscotch will be incorporated, using paving stones, which the children can also draw on with coloured chalk, and a ‘balance ‘beam made from cobble stones, various stones and textures. Wind chimes and colourful decorations that will twist in the wind, will be added to planted indigenous plants, and a water feature will be added to the area, creating enchanting, yet soothing, component. Children can also look forward to a mud kitchen zone, made from recycled plastic! As the name suggests, they will be able to ‘cook’ delicious looking meals made from mud and water. The kitchen will be fully stocked with all the necessary gadgets and utensils, making it feel even more realistic. Alongside the mud kitchen, there will be a stone pit that will enable the children to feel the different textures, sizes and weights of the stones while playing with their trucks and gardening tools. Last but not least, see and smell boxes that will allow the children to . . .
The Garden to Kindergarten programme that kicked off Friday, 31 August at Afrika Tikkun’s Centre in Orange Farm celebrates the life of Sandi Jacobson. In memory of their dear sister, Steve Jacobson and his sister Val Mardon have begun the Garden to Kindergarten programme and campaign at Afrika Tikkun. It embraces Sandi’s primary passions: growing vegetables and growing young minds and bodies. The programme will improve the lives and prospects of very young South Africans by teaching them organic gardening. Sandi Jacobson, aka Millie Khumalo, was born in Durban, South Africa in 1957. There was never much that was conventional about Sandi. At eighteen, she was living in a village called Sekonyela in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, working with the local community. It was there that she developed skills in, and a passion for growing vegetables. Her pacifist philosophy was fundamentally challenged in the 1980’s when a number of her close friends were executed by SADF commandos. She joined Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military arm of the ANC and operated in exile till mid-1991. Apart from vegetable-growing and her core convictions on social justice, her other passion was children. She spent five years working in early childhood development. At the age of forty, she finally decided to do something for herself and bought a small organic veggie farm with her husband, Winston and a friend, Steve. Devastatingly, her joy of working with the soil again was short-lived when she was murdered on 31 October 1997. “The aim is to teach children about the principles of organic gardening,” explains the Project Coordinator Tim Abaa, “including the values of equality and the fair distribution of resources. But, of course, the learning applications from gardening spans across the entire curriculum.” Ultimately, the vision is to stir up a passion for agriculture as a career path. “Most youngsters do not like farming and agriculture as a career option – they see it as something . . .