The Call2Action Initiative and its stakeholders hosted the schools & vendor recycling awards at East London Orient Theatre on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.
The awards were aimed at recognising the top schools and vendors who participated in the recycling programme this year, by preventing massive amounts of waste from reaching landfill sites.
Call2Action is a partnership between the Border-Kei Chamber of Business, Buffalo City Metropolitan Development Agency, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, and C2A service provider, DNF Waste and Environmental Services.
The stakeholders started the schools recycling programme in 2017, in an attempt to teach learners about the benefits of recycling for their schools, as well as the planet. Participating schools function as waste drop off points for parents and communities, with the schools that collect the most waste volumes getting rewarded for it at the end of each year.
“The schools benefit by accumulating rand value credits for the recyclable waste they collect. The Call2Action school recycling team collects the recyclable waste streams from the schools on a weekly / bi-weekly basis and each school gets issued with a delivery note for the waste collected,” said Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman, Director at DNF Waste and Environmental Services.
Between 2017 and 2018, the schools collected and diverted over 67 tons of recyclable waste from landfill. As of September 2019, the tonnage for schools’ recyclables stood at 69 tons for the year, while recyclables collected by vendors and SMMEs stood at over 600 tons.
“The response from both parents and learners has been exceptional. There is still room for expansion of the programme to other schools, but we need the commitment from all involved to separate the waste and increase the volumes of recyclable waste collected,” said Nxumalo-Freeman.
Councillor Nontsikelelo Peter, Portfolio Head at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality under Solid Waste Management spoke at the event: “What I learnt here, is children are willing to assist Buffalo City, to keep Buffalo City clean. We also make a plea as Buffalo City that we must help the children so that when we recycle, we can clean up the streets starting at home,” said Peter.
Several companies came on board to sponsor the initiative, including Coca Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA), Polyco, Leaderpak, Eco Tanks, Shoprite and Pollock’s CDP.
Some of the sponsors have been involved in the programme from the beginning and have continued to support it year in, year out. “We were sponsors last year and wanted to continue to be part of this wonderful initiative. Recycling and water conservation are similar in that both benefit the environment. We support greener future and we believe that this starts with the youth of our country,” said Justin Lindsay, Manager of Eco Tanks Eco Tanks.
On 15 November 2018 Enoch Mgijima entered into a payment plan for the amount of R146 953 032.77 for the outstanding electrical bulk supply account.
Due to this commitment Eskom agreed to suspend the Paja process, including the intended supply interruption scheduled to begin on 20 November 2018.
Enoch Mgijima violated the written commitment and again failed their current January 2019 account in full.
A balance of R7 514 078.79 was outstanding and was due 4 April 2019. Enoch Mgijima continuously breached the agreement and is now sitting with a current amount owing of R309 374 176.60.
Unfortunately due to this continued breach of the agreement, Eskom has no alternative but to provide notice of electricity supply interruption to Enoch Mgijima that will take effect from 26 November 2019. The process can only be stopped when Eskom receives payment from Enoch Mgijima.
SA Express (SAX) further expands its domestic route network with the launch of new routes to the Eastern Cape province effective 15 November 2019.
SA Express proudly announces new flights between Cape Town and East London (4 frequencies per week), East London and Mthatha and Mthatha and Cape Town (3 frequencies per week). These new routes highlight the airline’s commitment to connect primary and secondary markets while stimulating the tourism economy.
The SA Express spokesperson says, “As we approach the end of 2019, the introduction of these routes gives customers more travel options and connections. Offering our customers added convenience on our enhanced route network is a priority, especially during the upcoming festive period.”
These new routes are in addition to the 12 destinations on SA Express’ current route network.
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that roadworks is still in progress on the Standford Road bridge / N2 intersection.
Please note that there will be carriage-way closures taking place on the N2 and Standford Road intersection. The first closure will take place on Monday 21 October 2019, from 7pm to 2am the following morning, on the west-bound carriage-way heading towards Cotswold. The second closure will take place on Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 7pm to 2am the following morning.
The planned traffic accommodation is as follows:
Traffic will be diverted onto the Standford Road bridge and back onto the N2 via off-ramps.
Please proceed with caution when making use of the road and be aware of speed reduction signage and workers on the road.
Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Minister of Finance, will speak at the South African Institute for International Affairs on the topic of his book “AFTER DAWN – HOPE AFTER STATE CAPTURE” which was published in August this year, and which will be available for purchase.
The subject is timely, and particularly relevant as the lights start dimming again… Why did State Capture happen? What does it mean? What can be done about it?
Mr Jonas is well known to East Londoners for the various roles that he has played in leadership positions in the Province.
The event will be at 17h30 on WEDNESDAY, 30th October 2019 at Regent Hotel. ALL MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS ARE MOST WELCOME