* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
THE RHINOS ARE COMING!!! RHINOS PAINT THE TOWN RED AT V&A WATERFRONT AND CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! Eight gorgeous life-sized Rhino sculptures are wowing the crowds at the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town International Airport this January through to February 2018. The Rhinos Are Coming!!! have announced that their Sponsors’ Rhinos are getting fantastic exposure in the many places they have been since they embarked on their Great Rhino Roadshow in April 2017. The main event is the three-month long world-class outdoor art exhibition which will be coming to Cape Town from mid-December 2018 to mid-March 2019. It will feature 60 or more life-sized painted Rhino sculptures which will be exhibited on street corners, parks and public spaces all around the city centre and surrounds. The exhibition will raise funds and spread awareness for the plight of South Africa’s endangered rhinos. Talented artists from our local communities transformed the first nine pioneer life-sized blank Rhino sculptures into valuable works of art. Eighteen Sponsors have already signed up. The City of Cape Town supports this initiative by enabling Art Rhinos to be exhibited at many of the most-visited iconic tourism sites in Cape Town. The first nine painted Rhinos are already creating huge exposure for their Sponsors with the Sponsor’s brand name and mission statement emblazoned on a plaque attached to the heavyweight base on which the Rhinos are anchored. These famous, as well as up and coming artists volunteered to paint the pioneer Rhinos: Beezy Baily, Lionel Smit, Nardstar*, Jade Waller, Nasser Zadeh, Peter Gray, Andrew Hart Adler, Clair Homewood and the children of the Lalela Project. These Rhino ambassadors have already been doing the rounds at well-visited events such as the 2017 Gartner Symposium held at the CTICC, where they were hosted by MTN Business SA. The Rhinos started on their travels with their spectacular presence at the Cape Town Stadium for five . . .
Forty municipal councillors of the 18 municipalities of the Mpumalanga Province received in-depth training into the recycling of packaging material thanks to a 2-day workshop arranged by Packaging SA and hosted at the Plastics|SA head office in Midrand recently. According to Charles Muller, Executive Director of Packaging SA, this workshop was a joint initiative of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Departments of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA) and Environmental Affairs (DEA) and was an excellent example of the first fruits being reaped as a result of a concerted effort to improve public-private partnerships. “The municipal councillors who were invited to attend the workshop were all responsible for the Climate Change, Environmental and Waste Management Portfolio in their respective municipalities. The main focus of the workshop was to educate these important role players in a “train the trainer” format how plastics, glass, metals and papers are recycled in South Africa and the importance of recycling to our economy as part of the Local Government Support Strategy Interventions,” Muller explained. The councillors learnt specifically about certain recycling processes and products made from recycled materials through presentations delivered by PRASA, Tetrapak, TGRC, MetPac-SA, PETCO, Polyco, SAVA, Plastics|SA and Destination Green Recycling. Once the theory was completed, it was time for a practical, hands-on experience as the municipal councillors visited a recycling collector and the Tufflex recycling facility. “The feedback we received from our government colleagues was that the training they received was hugely beneficial. Not only are they now empowered to promote recycling initiatives in emerging and potential recycling companies within their communities, but we have also equipped them with the necessary skills and knowledge to further uplift their communities through job creation . . .
Thousands of bags filled with litter were prevented from entering the sea off the KwaZulu-Natal coast this past month thanks to various beach-clean ups organized by the Plastics|SA Sustainability Division. According to Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA, a staggering amount of litter made its way down the Umgeni river recently after heavy rains and was collecting in a rocky area close to the Blue Lagoon river mouth. “We were monitoring the situation closely and realized that drastic action needed to be taken to ensure that this litter does not end up in the oceans. Thanks to great team work and the support of our Product Recovery Organisations (Polystyrene Association of SA, SAVA, PETCO and Polyco), the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), the KZN Marine Waste Network and local volunteer organisations such as the Clean-Up Blue Lagoon team, we were able to contract clean-up teams and mobilize more than 120 volunteers. Over a period of 5 days they collected more than 1,100 bags filled with litter,” Steyn said. During the same week, Plastics|SA also supported various other clean-ups in the area (organised by, amongst others, the Durban Green Corridor, Aqua Addicts and the Clean Surf Project) by donating more than 7,000 bags for their campaigns. This all formed part of the Plastics|SA River Catchment Project, which involves education programmes, aimed at local communities, on saving the marine environment by avoiding polluting river ways in three coastal catchment areas. “Whether at the Blue Lagoon, uMlazi river mouth, Cutting Beach or Isipingo, these clean-ups all reflected the negative impact that areas with little or no waste management have on our environment, and man’s total disregard for nature. The majority of the waste that we collected was post-consumer packaging materials that have a value for recyclers and are in high demand for recycling into a myriad of other products. This material should not end up in landfill, and most . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre promises fantastic holiday fun for the thousands of visitors expected to flock to KwaZulu-Natal’s popular South Coast. “We are gearing up for a bumper festive season. With fantastic summer weather, beautiful beaches and Crocworld’s wide variety of birds, reptiles of holiday activities, visitors will undoubtedly have a marvelous holiday,” said Centre Manager Martin Rodrigues. “Crocworld has something for everyone; young and old, nature enthusiasts, gardeners and thrill-seekers,” he added. Apart from the usual daily crocodile feedings at 11h00 and 15h00, there will also be a daily forest walk at midday and as a special holiday treat, vulture feedings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sunday at 14:00PM Crocworld Conservation Centre’s daily holiday programme, which will run between the 7th of December 2017 and 16th of January 2018, promises to be fun edutainment for the whole family. The programme will include a daily snake demonstration at 10h15 where visitors will get an opportunity to interact with the Centre’s highly knowledgeable staff and enjoy the centre’s vast grounds. Join the bumper birthday celebrations on December 16, when Crocworld’s oldest resident, Henry the Nile crocodile will be celebrating his 117th birthday. The much-loved reptile’s birthday party, presented by Sign-it @ Syms, will provide visitors the opportunity to observe this 500kg, 5-metre long, majestic creature. Henry is the oldest known Nile Crocodile in captivity. He arrived at Crocworld in 1985 as an adult, with records that stated he was 85-years old. He lives in his enclosure with six females, and has fathered over 10 000 offspring in the last 32 years. His party will take place at 11h00, with a special birthday feeding and talk, as well as cupcakes for guests, while stocks last. “Everyone is welcome to join Henry’s birthday celebrations in Crocworld style. He is extremely popular with our visitors, and we would love for everyone to . . .
One of the most spoken about new buildings to open its doors in Cape Town recently, has undoubtedly been the new Zeitz Mocca Museum for Contemporary Art located in the V&A Waterfront. Originally an old grain silo complex that consists of forty-two, 33-metre-high concrete tubes – each with a diameter of 5.5 metres - this was once the tallest building on the Cape Town skyline. The mammoth task of redesigning these silos into a functional exhibition space of the highest possible quality, yet being strongly inspired by its own historic character, was given to internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick and his innovative team of architects. Their brief was to create a space that would not only pay tribute to its original industrial design and soul, but would become a major, not-for-profit cultural institution that houses the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. It was clear that this was a project that called for a solution that would be unique to Africa. It was therefore only fitting that a unique construction solution developed and used in South Africa - by making use of recycled polystyrene, was to be used for this project. Greenlite Concrete products were specified by the architects owing to the fact that the structural engineers were concerned about excessive loading to the existing structure. “The original concrete frame of the old silos building was built in 1924, making the building 94 years old. The developers therefore needed a screed solution that would not put unnecessary load on the structure, yet would not compromise on quality, strength and durability,” Greenlite Concrete’s Technical Director, Hilton Cowie says. Concrete blocks manufactured with Greenlite Concrete weigh a quarter of typical concrete. They are also produced in sizes that are easy to handle for quick construction. According to Cowie, more than 2 000 square meters of lightweight screeds were installed – equating to . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 29 November 2017 – Servest announced the completion of an R1.4m investment into a complete irrigation system which will improve the quality of plants and reduce growing times at their Restio Ridge growing operation. This is a huge benefit to Servest and their clients. The next phase of investment at Resito Ridge will aim to install a fertigation system to work in tandem with the irrigation system. Servest has also recently completed the introduction of biological control at Restio Ridge, which is a method of controlling disease using other organisms, rather than the traditional spraying of chemicals. Servest operates the largest interior plant growing operation in South Africa, and has two facilities, the main growing operation is called Restio Ridge and is 12km outside Malelane Mpumalanga. On average the growing operation holds approximately. 75000 specimen plants to supply the interior plants division with a steady supply of quality plants. Servest’s growing operation employs 26 staff, and includes a Guesthouse which can accommodate 10 guests and is available to rent. Servest rents land from local farmers for their expanding production which brings benefits to the local economy The intensive growing operation has a minimum of 70000 plants in the ground at any time, with an average growing time for each plant of four years, from the original cutting to the delivery to Lone Creek. Lone Creek is the home base for Servest installation teams; the acclimatisation and holding facility is where at any given time approximately 20000 specimens are stored and where all orders are received and prepared for delivery to the clients’ premises. Servest is unique in that it is the only interior plant service provider in South Africa that has their own growing operations. Servest also has a footprint in the operations used by their competitors and have growing agreements with several other growers in Mpumalanga and Kwa -Zulu Natal. “Our . . .
The Volvo Ocean Race organisers are using their combined global clout to “turn the tide on plastic.” Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa, towards the end of November on Leg 2 of the global race, the world’s longest and most competitive professional sporting event, has an inevitable environmental footprint, as well as an inescapable opportunity to raise awareness of the urgent need to combat plastic pollution and its effect on Ocean Health. By signing a Sustainability Charter, the Volvo Ocean Race leadership committed to the sustainable operation of all its activities, down to the first-time use of a hydro-generator to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Activities covered in the charter include the Race Village, transport, Greenhouse Gas emissions, engagement and advocacy. The campaign’s strategic objectives are to: 1. Maximise impact, 2. Minimise their footprint and 3. Leave a positive legacy. Their progress and success is monitored throughout the 9 month race. A proud sponsor of the Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag team, Regus considers it a priority: According to Joanne Bushell, Regus Country Manager for South Africa, “Like the Volvo Ocean Race, we are a global brand with a global responsibility towards sustainability. Our Black River Park office in Cape Town, is one of the first office precincts in the country to receive the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) certified Green Star existing building ratings for all of its 8 buildings. Sustainability is fast becoming a key differentiator for companies and entrepreneurs alike and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.” Previous Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner explained the three pillars of the Volvo Ocean Race strategy. “Firstly, we have to minimise our own impact and that’s true right across all of our operations. Specifically, we are trying to reduce, or eliminate where we can, single use plastics in our Race Villages and our own operations because that problem in its own right is a major one for . . .
Green is the new black. Or is it the new pink? Either way, it is a popular topic, because according to 15 000 scientists from 184 countries around the world who signed a ‘warning to humanity’ last week, life as we know it depends on it. And that is hard to ignore. But if you’re a start - up, we’re here to tell you that it’s not all doom and gloom. Being a ‘Green’ start- up not only discharges your duty as a sensible citizen of planet earth, but it has financial benefits too. Going ‘Green’ is not just a passing fad and it makes business sense. While some companies ‘greenwash’ their reputation (spending more money saying that they are ‘green’ than they do implementing green measures), you can actually save money by implementing the following three tips: 1. First prize: Start a sustainable business: Not only is it important that your business follows sustainable practices, but if your start-up idea offers environmentally friendly products or services, even better. Consumers are much more selective of who they deal with and are increasingly looking for sustainable alternatives in the areas of construction, beauty, recycling, retail and service. Here are five of the 50 Green Start-up ideas published by Profit Venture to get your creative juices flowing: Sell eco-friendly toys: Landfills worldwide are overflowing with cheap drive-through meal toys and discerning parents are taking notice. Toys that are durable will easily decompose or toys made from recyclable materials are gaining popularity and the options are no longer limited to wooden blocks and trains. Use your imagination and the sky is the limit. Sell environmentally friendly building materials: The trend towards environmentally friendly building materials such as solar geysers and energy-saving materials is booming. Staying, ahead of worldwide trends will give you the edge in this industry. Start a Green Event organising business: All eyes are on exhibition and event organisers to organise . . .
The latest plastics recycling figures released by Plastics|SA reveal that South Africans are recycling more plastics than ever before. According to Anton Hanekom, Executive Director for Plastics|SA, the results of its annual survey into plastics recycling for the period ending December 2016, reveal that there is a growing awareness of recycling and public pressure to recycle – resulting in more post-consumer and post-industrial plastics being made available for reuse. Growing public pressure to recycle bears fruit “Last year, 1.144 million tons of recyclable plastic entered the waste stream, of which 41.8% was recycled in South Africa based on input tonnages. This is a year-on-year increase of 5,9%,” Hanekom explained. During this period, a growing number of organisations and consumer groups became actively involved in upstream collection efforts, resulting in a positive impact on the amount of plastics that were collected and recycled. Recycled tonnages grew by 35 % since 2011. Plastics industry takes strain “The increase in recycling that was recorded was not as a result of increased plastic products that entered the market. In fact, 1.518 million tons of virgin polymer was converted into products in South Africa during this period – a mere 1.9 % increase compared to 2015,” Hanekom said. He added that plastics manufacturing and recycling industries in South Africa and around the world have been taking strain over the past two years and that more end-markets needed to be developed as a matter of urgency to ensure take-off for recycled materials. “Towards the end of 2016, South Africa had 204 active recyclers who mechanically reprocessed plastics materials such as plastic packaging. Between them, they provided formal, permanent employment to 6 140 staff and supported the informal employment of 51 500 waste pickers and collectors. For the first time in many years, recyclers had an oversupply of recyclate in 2016. It is clear that the survival . . .