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COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Port of Durban Appeals for Public Support in Fighting Plastic Pollution The debris included large logs that posed a threat to the safe navigation of the harbour craft which are used to guide vessels safely in and around ..

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Durban has commenced a major clean-up to remove the large volume of waste and vegetation from the port after the recent heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. The adverse weather caused the usual deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving behind an unsightly scene just days after World Earth Day was observed globally on 22 April.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Secretary-General calls for climate action as new cyclone devastates Mozambique The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has expressed her profound sadness at the devastation caused by Cyclone Kenneth which has ravaged Mozambique today. She said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique, the strongest cyclone yet to have hit the country.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Woolworths announces FSC® certified till paper The Head of Sustainability points out that partnering with FSC has been critical in achieving this milestone of responsibly sourced till paper.

While the till slip is a relatively insignificant bit of paper in the hands of a shopper, for retailers globally the scale of this paper consumption is huge. The heavyweight impact of Woolworths’ latest ‘responsibly sourced’ commodity announcement to replace their till slip paper with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified paper involves 211 tonnes of paper per year.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Infrastructure needed to achieve 72% of SDG targets UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - global targets relating to poverty, health, the environment, peace and justice - will rely on infrastructure systems. A new analysis published in Nature Sustainability has found that the majority of the UN’s SDGs - global targets relating to poverty, health, the environment, peace and justice - will rely on infrastructure systems.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay helps conserve marine life. TNPA has contributed another R100 000 to support the conservation efforts of its strategic environmental partner.

TNPA has contributed another R100 000 to support the conservation efforts of its strategic environmental partner, the Seabird and Penguin Rehabilitation Centre (SAPREC), which provides treatment and temporary care to injured, diseased, displaced or oiled indigenous marine birds.    Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: WOOLWORTHS Rolls Out Paper-Stemmed Earbuds Woolworths has kick started the year with its latest announcement in its journey to ZERO packaging waste to landfill.

Switching to paper-stemmed earbuds might seem like a small difference to make, but it has a significant impact.  On an annual basis this switch equates to over 11 million plastic stems not entering our waste streams or waterways.   This is aligned to one of the retailer’s key commitments, which is to phase out single-use plastic, including plastic carrier bags.    Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Climate Investment Funds Unveils New Facility, Evidence of Transformational Change at Ten-Year Anniv The announcements were made this week at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) “The Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action” event at the Noor Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Plant - the largest facility of its kind in the world - in Morocco. The summit convened over 300 climate leaders from the public and private sectors for action-oriented dialogue on fighting climate change.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Join an Earth Hour Adventure dash on 30 March 2019 Get into the spirit of Earth Hour with family or friends by participating in an orienteering-style adventure dash in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national botanical gardens. Following on two successive years of successful Earth Hour ‘dashes’, WWF with the support of Virgin Active will again be hosting Earth Hour Adventure events at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town and, for the first time this year, in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: KZN water-wise project wins Trialogue Strategic CSI Award AECI - An innovative partnership between a JSE-listed chemicals group and rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal,

An innovative partnership between a JSE-listed chemicals group and rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on keeping a river clean and free of alien vegetation, has been acknowledged with a major award.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: KZN organisations recognised for efforts toward a greener and more sustainable future Organisations in KZN had the opportunity to be acknowledged for effective and efficient waste management practices at the IWMSA KZN Waste Management Awards 2018. After a rigorous judging process, including site visits and audits, the winners were honoured for their positive contributions to the waste industry.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Delegates share solutions toward a zero-waste future at WasteCon 2018 Key role players in the waste and environmental management industries gathered at the Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg for the 24th biennial WasteCon conference and exhibition which took place from 15 to 19 October 2018. WasteCon is the flagship event of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Woolworths Trials Plastic Bag Free Store Woolworths kicks off National Marine Week with the announcement of a ‘plastic bag free’ store and reusable bag awareness campaign.
Following the announcement of its commitment to phase out single-use shopping bags by 2020, Woolworths is launching a new in-store reusable bag trial. The trial aims to test whether, given a choice of a more affordable reusable bag, consumers will make the shift away from buying single-use plastic shopping bags.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Going further than just #plasticfreejuly Experts at WasteCon2018 to discuss long term waste management solutions
After the hype surrounding #plasticfreejuly and the war on straws soars to new heights, the question is: How do we all take our waste conscious attitude further in a truly sustainable way? “Ultimately, we should aim for zero waste ending up at a landfill, so the #plasticfree challenge really should continue throughout the year,” says Leon Grobbelaar, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Bye Bye, Plastic India plans to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.

This is one of the most ambitious commitments to tackle plastic pollution in the world. (Habitat)   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Here's what you NEED to know about the Carbon Tax. The South African government has committed to ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025.  The carbon tax will help them meet these reduction targets and is currently scheduled to come into effect from January 2019.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Social & Community
Image:  Clean-Up Day brings community and cross-sector partners together Schoolchildren, Government, Companies and NPOs working together to drive environmental awareness and education through a large-scale clean-up day.

More than 1 400 schoolchildren and volunteers were expected to take part. Representatives from Qhubeka, Miss Earth South Africa (MESA), Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Pikitup and City of Johannesburg’s Transport Department will be present - working together in Orlando East, Soweto, to drive environmental awareness and education in the region   Read More...




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Image: Africa’s pollution crisis warning But Africa was also pioneering new methods and activities to counter plastic pollution.

As the second most polluted continent, Africa must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods to avoid an environmental and socio-economic disaster, experts warn. Ribbink, chief executive officer of the Sustainable Seas Trust, believes that while there is a certain amount of gloom and doom surrounding the pollution problem, a lot of good is also being done*.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Greening Your Conference With a huge push for businesses to go green, it’s important to walk the talk and what better opportunity to do this than when planning a conference? “Companies need to demonstrate to their key stakeholders exactly how they are reducing their own carbon footprint. An ideal platform to showcase one’s commitment to going green is at a conference where delegates are able to have a first-hand experience of working and living the ‘green way’,” says Jan Palm, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has announced a no plastic straw initiative This aims to cease plastic straw usage by the hotel, and in future to only use straws which are biodegradable.

This is in line with their environmental and sustainability strategy which saw them taking some groundbreaking initiatives to reduce water consumptions and, amongst other accolades, becoming the first hotel in Cape Town to use seawater in their swimming pool.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Health
Image: C-suite sets an Action Agenda in Davos CEO Leadership on the Global Sanitation Crisis-world leaders gathered to discuss economic, social and political agendas at the World Economic Forum

The acceleration of sanitation systems that are designed for inclusion, circularity and to leverage new technology trends such as big data and the internet of things requires new levels of business and societal leadership today to realise benefits in this decade.    Read More...



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