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Top waste-busters to be unveiled at awards event

More than half a million learners from almost 600 schools have taken a message in the bottle into their homes and communities this year as part of Coca-Cola Beverages SA’s Schools Recycling Programme.

On September 27, these young environmental ambassadors will find out who came out tops at the annual Schools Recycling Awards ceremony in Johannesburg, where the top three waste-busting primary and high schools will be announced.

Participating schools commit to collecting at least 1000kg of waste a month – at least 30% of which must be polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – and those with a monthly haul of more than 2 tonnes stand a chance of winning cash prizes to be used for the upgrading of their facilities.

The programme is a part of CCBSA’s commitment to collecting post-consumer waste and raising awareness about the importance of waste management and recycling among learners in regions where it has a presence.

“Schools are the perfect partner in such a programme as learners take the message of environmental stewardship home with them, spreading it within their direct circle of influence and, in the longer term as they grow up and become adults, driving responsible behaviour in their families and communities,” says Tsholofelo Mqhayi, Head: Enterprise and Community Development at CCBSA.

The programme has gone from strength to strength in the six years since its inception, with a total of 597 schools participating in 2017, compared to 40 in 2011.

Last year schools collected a total of 710 tonnes of PET, cans and paper, saving 3 951.6m³ of landfill space.

Apart from standing a chance of winning a cash prize – and helping to remove PET from the waste stream – participating schools earn revenue from the recycling material collected, while learners begin to understand complex sustainability issues.

“Using knowledge, critical thinking skills and values, they are developing the capacity to participate in decision making about environmental and development issues,” says Mqhayi.

The programme has also created permanent jobs for 53 youth Recycling Representatives in CCBSA and elsewhere.

Once the competition has closed for the year, the top 10 schools undergo a rigorous adjudication process during September to determine the top three schools nationally.

Judges consider what each school has collected and also give schools an opportunity to present how they have included communities and parents in the process.

The Schools Recycling Awards are held to honour the schools that have excelled in the programme. The event is attended by learners and teachers from various regions, as well as stakeholders who have assisted in making the programme a success.

UCT excels in environmental innovation at South Africa’s second Greenovate Awards

Young environmental visionaries from the University of Cape Town took first place in the Growthpoint Greenovate Awards for the second year running.

The awards recognise innovative solutions for the property industry to environmental challenges.

Now in its second year, the awards programme is an exciting initiative by Growthpoint Properties in association with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). It inspires and encourages students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably.

This year’s participants were from the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Students were challenged to come up with ideas for any property-related project that makes the way we live greener and our environmental footprint lighter. Groups from each of the participating universities competed internally first and the two top projects from each were chosen as finalists.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner in Sandton Central with keynote speaker, trend analyst Dion Chang of Flux Trends, who warned: “If you don’t take the time to think proactively, you will increasingly find yourself reacting to your environment rather than influencing it.”

The UCT team of Cédric Fournier and Priscilla Nthai, with supervisors Saul Nurick and Abby Street, were named the winners of the Greenovate Awards 2016. They focused on the perceptions of occupants in office buildings that contain green building features and initiatives.

This team of outstanding young green innovators took home R30,000 in prize money. They will also be fully sponsored to attend the GBCSA’s Green Building Convention in Cape Town in 2017 where they will present their research to local and international property professionals and green leaders.

The University of the Witwatersrand team of Nthabiseng Makgabo and Bongiwe Dlamini, supervised by Samuel Azasu, scooped second place with their comparative analysis of the factors that influence the choice between green and conventional buildings in selected nodes in Gauteng. The team earned a prize of R15,000 for their insightful project and tickets to the Green Building Convention in 2017.

The third placed young green thinker came from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Lungela Gcwabaza, supervised by Gerrit Crafford, investigated the obstacles to effective implementation of strategy within quantity surveying firms as a method for enhancing business sustainability in the long run. He won R10,000 and tickets to the Green Building Convention 2016.

Werner van Antwerpen, head of sustainability at Growthpoint Properties, explains: “By nurturing innovation for a greener, healthier, more sustainable environment, everyone wins. The Greenovate Awards is producing pioneering student projects that show new ways to drive green building thinking forward, to ensure a better, greener future. Growthpoint is proud to collaborate with GBCSA, the universities, and their students to provide a platform to shows and grows green innovation.”

Van Antwerpen was part of the judging panel that comprised some of SA’s top green minds, including:

  • Thulani Kuzwayo, Managing Executive: Public Sector at Green Building Council South Africa;
  • Evan Rice, Business Development Manager for Tesla;
  • Martin Smith, Technical Director – Buildings at Aurecon, and;
  • Mike Aldous, Associate – Green Building & Sustainability Services/BIM Champion at Mott MacDonald.

Brian Wilkinson, GBCSA CEO, says: “GBCSA is thrilled to partner with Growthpoint for the second consecutive year on the prestigious Greenovate student awards. They recognise and reward some of South Africa’s top students, who are the future green leaders and innovators in South Africa and are set to change the way the world is designed, built and operated for the sake of our environment and future generations to come.”

The ways in which the Greenovate Awards is building a better world go well beyond its annual competition.

Nurturing green innovation, GBCSA has offered discounted Accredited Professional Training at universities since 2013. This has consistently grown each year, expanding from one university and 45 property studies students in 2013 to five universities and over 250 students in property, construction management, architecture, interior design and quantity surveying in 2016.

Donné Atkinson, Education and Training Manager at GBCSA, says: “The Greenovate Awards have certainly added to the motivation to attend the programme. Much of the growth has occurred in the last two years and we expect this will grow even further in 2017. GBCSA is thrilled that, this year, over 250 graduates will enter the marketplace with awareness around how the design, construction and operation of the built environment, when done right, can mitigate against climate change and reduce humankind’s negative impact on the environment.”

The success of the competition will continue to see the awards programme becoming even bigger in future.

Van Antwerpen reports: “Ultimately, the Growthpoint Greenovate Awards programme will be made available to all universities in the country with the appropriate built environment faculties. In addition, in 2017, it will be adapted and expanded to other faculties too, to recognise and encourage environmentally innovative thinking among even more of South Africa’s future leaders.”

Growthpoint is the largest South African primary listed REIT and strives to be a leading international property company providing space to thrive. It creates value for all its stakeholders with innovative and sustainable property solutions. Growthpoint is a Platinum Founding Member of GBCSA and a member of the GBCSA’s Green Building Leader Network, and has been included in the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index for seven years running. It owns and manages a diversified portfolio of 526 property assets including 467 properties in South Africa, 58 properties in Australia through its investment in Growthpoint Properties Australia (GOZ) and a 50% interest in the properties at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Founded in 2008, the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) is one of over 95 members of the World Green Building Council. It exists to inspire the property industry to design, build, operate and tenant better, greener buildings. GBCSA operates in the commercial, residential and public sectors. Its aim is to work with its membership community to sustainably transform the built environment, and strives to preserve the planet for future generations through advocacy, membership, certification and training. The GBCSA is the official certification body for Green Star SA and EDGE residential projects.

National success for J&B Recycling

A RECYCLING firm has been named as the UK leader in a global competition set up to recognise businesses which show continuous improvement.

The awards, which are run by Corporate LiveWire and are now in their 11th year, saw J&B Recycling named as Most Outstanding In Recycling Solutions in the Innovation & Excellence category.

From the development and incorporation of cutting edge technology to the creation of forward thinking strategies, the Innovation & Excellence Awards honour and celebrate those businesses and firms which are creating a brighter tomorrow.

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The Innovation & Excellence Awards give recognition to businesses that are transforming their respective industries and the standard-bearers of excellence by continually setting industry trends as well as showing significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement.

J&B Recycling has invested £6m into a state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) which sorts and processes various waste streams at the highest quality, and also has also invested heavily in equipment for both its sites in Hartlepool and South Tees.

Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director of J&B Recycling, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named as the winners of such a prestigious award.

“We have continued to grow year-on-year, both in terms of our turnover and the workforce, and throughout that time we have continued to invest in systems to ensure we stay ahead of the field and provide the best service we can to our customers.

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“To be named as a top performer in the UK is an honour for any business in any sector, and it is nice for everyone connected with J&B Recycling that our hard work is recognised in this way.“

As well as the UK awards, honours are also handed out to businesses from across the globe with categories covering the Americas, Asia & Australasia and Africa & The Middle East.

Jake Powers from Corporate LiveWire said: “Given the increased focus on sustainability and ecology in recent times, it has become even more imperative for companies to provide innovative solutions in waste collection, recovery and recycling.

“Our judges were satisfied that J&B Recycling tick all of these boxes and were particularly impressed by the seamless manner in which they operate.

“As a result, we are delighted to name them as the winner for the Most Outstanding in Recycling Solutions in our Innovation & Excellence Awards for 2016.“

Elizabeth Moore, Awards Director of the 2016 Innovation & Excellence Awards, said: “The Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence award winners have not only excelled within their respective sector but have also shown flexibility to adapt to industry changes.

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“We are extremely proud of every single one of our winners and we look forward to seeing how they will continue to demonstrate their commitment in the future.“

Votes were taken for the awards through the Corporate LiveWire website over the last 12 months, with the most successful applicants eventually put onto a shortlist.

From there, the judging panel considered the strengths of each candidate, setting its sights firmly on the most innovative, groundbreaking and client-focused firms, teams and individuals who have transformed the way in which they do business.

J&B Recycling recycles approximately 120,000 tonnes of waste each year from household, commercial, industrial and construction sources with customers including car parts manufacturer Nifco UK, Camerons Brewery and dozens of community buildings, pubs and restaurants.

The company’s strategy is to divert waste from landfill by increasing the levels and types of waste streams that can be recycled in a cost effective and sustainable manner through forward thinking and innovation.

J&B Recycling employs almost 200 staff across both sites in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

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#WTMAfrica: Responsible Tourism winners announced

Cape Town – The African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 took place on Thursday at the World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town.

The winners were announced at a ceremony attended by SA’s influential travel bloggers, industry experts and Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

Tim Harris, chief executive officer of awards sponsor Wesgro said: “We are pleased to recognise the vision of the Award winners for providing leadership in their respective sectors throughout Africa, and effectively contributing to growing tourism in a sustainable manner. Today, we celebrate their commitment and achievements.”

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The overall winner was Mara Naboisho Conservancy. The judges’ reasons for winning: “Prior to setting up Naboisho Conservancy, four years of consultation with the 554 landowners lead to 94 percent of them signing over their land to a holding company with their own appointed directors who have in turn entered into a management agreement with Naboisho Conservancy.

“The community gets direct and tangible benefits from wildlife conservation; no other activity provides as much income to as many people as Naboisho Conservancy,” according to an article on bizcommunity.com.

South Africa’s own Bushman’s Kloof won overall for Best Contribution to Cultural Heritage Conservation – supported by Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme.

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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM London kick off 20th year of ethical tourism

New categories for 2016 include the ‘Best responsible tourism campaign’ which aims to celebrate the most successful marketing or advocacy campaigns in encouraging and promoting a more responsible style of travel.

Tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives around the world are now being invited to submit an entry into the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM London, as the world celebrates 20 years of responsible tourism action.

The global search for the world’s most enduring and inspirational examples of responsible tourism in action kicks off today with entries being accepted into five categories spanning issues across the tourism industry.

The announcement of the 2016 winners, at World Travel Market London, will this year be part of the celebrations marking 10 years of World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest event for responsible tourism action globally. Furthermore, this year marks 20 years of the global responsible tourism movement, with the South African government publishing a tourism white paper in 1996 putting responsibility at the centre of its strategy.

New categories for 2016 include the ‘Best responsible tourism campaign’ which aims to celebrate the most successful marketing or advocacy campaigns in encouraging and promoting a more responsible style of travel.

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Justin Francis, founder of the Awards and managing director of organisers Responsible Travel comments “I am truly excited by what we will discover through the World Responsible Tourism Awards this year.

The organisations, initiatives and businesses we uncover each year have the power to shape the future of tourism, to be catalysts for change in an industry which will have a huge impact on global climate and development.

”I want to encourage any tourism business or organisation around the world, big or small, to submit an entry. We want to hear your story”.

The importance of the Awards in assessing how far responsible tourism has developed, and how much it been achieved in the last 10 years is not lost on chair of the judging panel, Professor Harold Goodwin of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and the  International Centre for Responsible Tourism. “Through the Awards winners every year we see the standard of what is being achieved by people taking responsibility for tourism getting higher and higher” he says “And every year we see more and more countries represented in our entries.

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“Tourism, if sold, enjoyed and organised responsibly is of global importance, something that has been recognised in the new Sustainable Development Goals, and our winners this year will set the standard to which all tourism businesses should aspire”.

Awards Judge Simon Press, senior exhibition director for World Travel Market London, hosts of World Responsible Tourism Day says “The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London are a central pillar of the success of World Responsible Tourism Day.

“The awards winners and shortlisted companies act as a benchmark and inspiration for what the global travel and tourism industry can achieve in responsible tourism practice.”

The 2016 categories:

  • Best accommodation for responsible employment
  • Best contribution to wildlife conservation – sponsored by Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council
  • Best innovation by a tour operator
  • Best for poverty reduction and inclusion – sponsored by the Tobago House of Assembly
  • Best responsible tourism campaign

WTM London’s World Responsible Tourism Day takes place on Tuesday 8 November.

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SA’s Grootbos named NatGeo finalist in World Legacy Awards

Cape Town – South Africa’s highly-acclaimed Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has been honoured by National Geographic as one of 15 finalists in the esteemed World Legacy Awards. The recognition is for Grootbos’ work in its Grootbos Green Futures Foundation, and list Grootbos as a finalist in the ‘Engaging Communities’ World Legacy Award.

This award recognises direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.

Lean Terblanche, director of the Grootbos Green Futures Foundation told Traveller24, “the award shines a much-needed light on the importance of conservation and sustainability initiatives in tourism around the world. Our actions today affect the world for centuries to come; no one will benefit from tourism [in the future] if we do not protect our people and our planet.”

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The Grootbos Green Futures Foundation, started in 2003, is non-profit arm of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve which focuses on community based training and capacity building to support poverty alleviation, provide upward job mobility and advance nature conservation in the high biodiversity region known as the Cape Floral Kingdom where Grootbos is located.

To date, 143 local residents graduated from the Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College founded by Grootbos and all were successfully placed into jobs.

Other community benefit initiatives include the Football Foundation which provides HIV/AIDS Awareness training in local schools to educate children about reducing transmission risk and the Siyakhula Growing the Future Organic Farm project providing valuable training in sustainable farming knowledge.

The Grootbos Green Futures Foundation is honoured alongside other internationally acclaimed institutions and organisations, but is the only South African organization to be awarded.

Sharing the nomination with Grootbos is the Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy in the United States as well as the category winner, The Bushcamp Company in Zambia.

The Bushcamp Company, says NatGeo, has worked hard to bring the benefits of sustainable tourism to the local population of the Luangwa Valley, recognizing that protecting the natural environment means fully involving the local community in management and decision making.

In 2015, Grootbos also became a founding member of National Geographic Society’s National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, which acknowledges exceptional boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

The Bushcamp Company was also featured in this awards. In SA, Grootbos was named alongside two other proudly South African lodges.

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LINDELWA NZIMANDE – Louder than words

A definite highlight at this year’s GovTech conference was the introduction of the State Information Technology Agency’s Public ICT Awards, which accoladed and promoted innovation in public products, solutions and service delivery.

One winner worth mentioning is 32-year-old Lindelwa Nzimande (founder of Words and All), winner of the The Youth in ICT Award which recognises the contribution of young ICT professionals make to the sector and to the growth and development of the sector as a whole.

Meeting up with this determined young woman with a passion for the Internet of Things, and the use of the internet to better fulfill government services in order to makes service delivery efficient, one realises the commitment of the youth to improve just about anything in the world around them—the way they know best; with the use of technology.

Nzimande, who started Words and All, a digital agency or online communications company, in 2008 says they manage brands’ reputations online by designing their websites, managing their social media tools (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), designing apps, building online-based radio stations and gaming platforms to mention but a few.

Being a pioneer in the online communications space and former recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship for her Bachelor of Social Science degree, in addition to her business ventures, she was also the youngest member to be appointed by Minister Faith Muthambi to the Department of Communications’ National Communications Task Team (NCTT), where she chairs the country’s Digital Work-stream.

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Over the years Nzimande has conducted virtual rallies for various political parties during their election campaigns—this is a cheaper way of reaching and talking to masses without the costs of an actual physical stadium gathering.

Talking to BBQ about winning the award, her achievements and the issues facing young people in ICT in South Africa, Nzimande says winning the GovTech Youth in ICT award means that the industry is giving recognition and encouragement to businesses that are not only making revenue in ICT, but are also giving back to communities through employment opportunities and CSI projects like the internet café that my business is working on in rural Maqongqo, Pietermaritzburg, KZN.

Humbled by winning the award, she is yet to establish who nominated her, however, she suspects that the nomination may have come from a few corners, including key government department offices that she has worked with in the past.

“At the gala dinner as I heard the runner ups’ portfolios being read out, I told my friend next to me that there was no way I could beat my competitors. Their CVs just sounded so amazing. All the nominees were worthy of winning too, because the standard was so high overall. So when I heard my name, I was consumed with utter disbelief—and gratitude.”

As to what achievements gave her the edge during the competition, Nzimande believes that the fact that she started in a then new industry of online communications at the tender age of about 24, on her own, and taught herself how to manage brands’ online profiles, gave her the edge over the other nominees.

The value-chain of the internet ecosystem

“Online communications is still not easily understood, compared to traditional brand communications initiatives like billboard advertising for example. I also think the fact that I understand the value-chain of the internet ecosystem as a whole goes a long way. For me it is vital to understand telecommunications, the data universe and cloud services in order to service your clients optimally. In order to contribute through CSI to improve socio-economic conditions, its important to understand thoroughly how infrastructure unavailability ought to be resolved.

“I think every small or big involvement matters. The fact that I started a business in a then relatively unknown space was important in that it showed young people of SA that careers in social media management are possible, in other words, I took a career that I observed David Axelrod and his team spearheaded for President Obama, and I attempted to introduce this in SA for our political parties. My other contribution was being part of key government structures like the National Communications Task Team (appointed by Minister Faith Muthambi) contributes in terms of assisting with policy, which in turn affects citizens’ lives. There is also the aspect of women and careers. In the past women may have been limited in their career choices. My involvement in online communications will hopefully inspire women to look at alternative and unique career options. So for me, every contribution matters, as it helps to form the bigger picture of a better SA, and in turn a better Africa,” she says.

Growing up in a rural area called Maqongqo, in KZN, Nzimande attended primary school in another rural area called Esigodini, where goats used to wander into the classroom while they were learning. In as much as her parents were a primary school teacher and a technician respectively, she says she didn’t have resources to pay for a university education, had it not been for a bursary from the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.

“Also, being a woman still means that you are last in line and more disadvantaged than male counterparts and are not taken as seriously, especially in ICT. If you look a certain way too, stereotypes are attached to you. Sometimes you are even considered too pretty to have achieved anything ‘all on your own’.”

On the topic of how local government can improve when it comes to utilising ICT to boost service delivery, she says the use of the internet to meet service delivery targets should be encouraged in all government spheres. ICT overall ensures efficient, easier and quicker delivery of education and e-health for example, due to technological speed.

“SITA introduced this award in an effort to promote the contribution to the ICT industry to young professionals and SITA recognises the contribution that young achievers make to this sector and to the growth and development of the industry as a whole. My beliefs centre around how the internet and ICT overall can help us to achieve service delivery objectives, which will alleviate socio-economic challenges in society, thus reducing poverty,” she says.

ICT brand ambassador

Going forward, she intends to be an ICT brand ambassador for SITA and South Africa. Other than that, she says she will continue to do what she does in business, academia and CSI. She says the networking opportunities that have stemmed from this award are “#fantabulous” and she already has big ICT corporates wanting to investigate possible synergies with her company.

Nzimande says there’s still lots of work to be done in ICT in as she believes that not enough effort is made to promote technology to the youth. “For example, government and the private sector could work together more to create WiFi spots like Alan Knott-Craig has, and as is the case with the Ekurhuleni WiFi project. The youth of today no longer want food parcels, they want WiFi instead. This WiFi will give them to access the internet where they will look for and apply for jobs, create their own small online-based business to earn a living, and access information on how to help their communities. #WIFIISTHESTRUGGLE.”

Nzimande’s advice for the youth in ICT is to travel off the beaten path. “Follow your curiousity and passion and don’t be scared to ventured into unheard-of careers. Work hard and make something of it.”

Looking at her your long-term goal for the next five years, she says they are more aligned to academic, policy and CSI contributions where the internet is concerned, as these areas are the critical corner stones of the processes that define and determine the attainment of better lives for all.

Currently working with a number of organisations to find ways on how to use the internet to better fulfill government services like e-education, e-health, e-commerce etc. in order to alleviate the e-friction that makes service delivery inefficient, thus negatively impacting citizens’ lives in Africa overall, Nzimande says this is important for local development.

“My involvement as chairman of the digital strategy in the National Communications Task Team, for example, allowed me to interact directly with the minister and other key people to discuss how we can all come together from various spheres to find solutions to alleviate different e-friction challenges. So I will continue to offer my time free of charge to similar structures in the pursuit of ensuring that the internet helps us to improve socio-economic conditions for us all,” she concludes.

More about Lindelwa Nzimande

    • During high school she was selected as part of twenty-four students who were awarded music scholarships by a partnership project with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, where her journey as a keen amateur violinist and steel-drum player started.
    • She took part in extra-curricular activities like a foreign languages club where she learnt to speak French and German.
    • Lindelwa is a former recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship for her Bachelor of Social Science and Honors in Public Policy degrees.
    • Whilst doing her Honors in Public Policy, she was also awarded the first Black Academia Scholarship towards her Masters qualification and beyond, by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
    • Her two academic majors are Political Science and Culture, Communication and Media Studies, which lead to a career in communications, public relations and marketing.
    • Her working career spans years spent as the national communications manager at the South African Chefs Association (SACA), where her role included managing the South African Olympics Team that competes at the global chefs Olympics every four years, where she also started their official fan club.
    • Some of her clients over included the President of South Africa’s Jacob G. Zuma Education Trust, the Department of Human Settlements, City Power, the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation for Diabetes (of which her company Words & All was one of the co-founding companies), JIC Mining Services, political parties and many others.
    • In addition to her business ventures, she is the youngest member to be appointed by Minister Faith Muthambi to the Department of Communications’ National Communications Task Team (NCTT), where she chairs the country’s Digital Work-stream.
    • Lindelwa is passionate first and foremost about the internet, she is a book-worm of note and spends her spare time nurturing the strings of her 19th century violin with her beloved pets, a peahen named Haider and a peacock named Vivier as regular audience members.

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#Travel: Finalists for 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards announced

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 15 Finalists for its 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the five categories; Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. The 15 Finalists, which were chosen after a rigorous judging process, showcase the highest level of sustainability practices within the Travel & Tourism sector.

To understand how diverse responsible tourism is and the many ways it can help local communities and environments, you only have to look at below examples, carefully selected by Tourism for Tomorrow judges. The 2016 Awards saw applications from 62 countries across all continents. Following the first phase of the three stage judging process all applications have now been carefully evaluated by a committee of independent expert judges against established sustainable tourism criteria, which include community development, preservation of cultural and natural heritage, and innovative solutions for sustainable practices.

V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa and Wilderness Safaris from South Africa and Botswana led the way for the sector in Africa as shortlisted finalists, which will see them move forward into the second phase of on-site evaluations by international sustainable tourism experts, assessing the organisations and the business practices they have highlighted in their application.

Winners will be officially announced during the Awards Ceremony taking place in Dallas, USA on 7 April 2016 during WTTC’s Global Summit.

The Finalists of the 2016 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are:

Community Award Finalists

  • Expediciones Sierra Norte, Pueblos Mancomunados, Mexico
  • Sapa O’Chau, Vietnam
  • Yayasan Ekowisata Indonesia, Indonesia

Destination Award Finalists

  • Parkstad Limburg, Netherlands
  • Swiss Parks Network, Switzerland
  • V&A Waterfront, South Africa

Environment Award Finalists

  • Alcatraz Cruises, US
  • Lindblad Expeditions, US and worldwide
  • Wilderness Safaris, South Africa / Botswana

Innovation Award Finalists

  • ANVR, the Netherlands
  • Northsailing, Iceland
  • PWC, Travel Foundation & TUI Group, United Kingdom

People Award Finalists

  • Jus’ Sail, Saint Lucia
  • Kinyei International, Cambodia
  • Youth Career Initiative (YCI), United Kingdom

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SA shines in Responsible Tourism Awards

South Africa has made a name for itself in the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards, with several awards handed out to SA establishments.

Gansbaai did the country proud as it was given the gold award for the ‘Best destination for responsible tourism’.

Gansbaai is where five-star lodge Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is located – an establishment which also received an award.

Grootbos received the silver award for ‘Best for Poverty Reduction’.

“It may seem wonderfully remote to visitors, but it is tied in with the local communities in ways that guests often won’t even know about,” the judges said.

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Meanwhile Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve won the silver award for the ‘Best cultural heritage attraction’, due to its San paintings.

One of the best animal welfare initiatives was also South African. Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) won a gold award, along with Hetta Huskies, for the ‘Best Animal Welfare Initiative’.

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#DidYouKnow: Today is World Responsible Tourism Day

Now in their 12th year, the World Responsible Tourism Awards were founded by Responsible Travel in 2004 to celebrate the most inspiring stories in responsible tourism. The Awards ceremony is hosted by World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, during World Responsible Tourism Day, the world’s largest event for responsible tourism,  which this year takes place on Wednesday 4th November.

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 Finalists

A worldwide campaign to end canned hunting, a tour operator offering locally-led alternative city tours and a mangrove conservation and education project in Madagascar are among the organizations included in list of finalists for the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards at World Travel Market.

After intense debate by the judging panel, 37 organizations have been chosen across 12 categories, recognizing achievements from animal welfare campaigns to accessible tourism practices in one of the most diverse lists of finalists the World Responsible Tourism Awards has ever seen. The organizations, which range from tourism industry giants such as TUI Travel UK & Ireland, to tiny individual enterprises such as Cnoc Suain in Ireland, or Felin Talgarth Mill in Wales, UK, are based in 20 countries worldwide, with Cyprus, Hong Kong and Finland represented for the first time ever.

Here are the finalists:

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Agri Tourism Development Company Pvt Ltd
Aruba Tourism Authority
Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Campaign Against Canned Hunting
Cnoc Suain
Connemara Wild Escapes
Coral Cay Conservation
Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Endeavour Safaris
Felin Talgarth Mill
Gansbaai
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Hetta Huskies
Hong Kong Airport Authority
Honko Mangrove Education & Conservation
LooLa Adventure Resort
Loophead Peninsula
Lotus Travel AB
Matava Resort
North Island Seychelles
North Sailing
OneSeed Expeditions
RuralSuite Hotel-Apartamentos
Scandic
Shangri-La’s Vilingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Soneva
The Donkey Sanctuary
Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge
Travel for Wildlife
TUI UK & Ireland
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Uakari Lodge
Ullswater Steamers
Uncornered Market
Urban Adventures

Source: capitalfm


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