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ECO-LOGIC AWARDS 2021 SOUVENIR BROCHURE

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Molweni

Molweni Mother Earth

I thank you for my Body

Made from the rocks and roots of your body

Your Body becomes my Body

My Body becomes your Body

We are One

Molweni Mother Earth (Molweni)

I thank you for your Air

That flows through my lungs

Your Air becomes my Air

My Air becomes your Air

We are One

Molweni Mother Earth (Molweni)

I thank you for your Waters

That flow through my veins

Your Waters become my Waters

My Waters becomes your Waters

We are One

Molweni Mother Earth (Molweni)

I thank you for your Life-force

That gives vitality to my body

Your Life-force becomes my life force

My Life-force becomes your Life-force

MOLWENI Mother Earth Molweni

I Greet you in love and gratitude

We are One

We are One

We are One

Written for the Eco-Logic Awards by David Parry-Davies Editor of The Enviropaedia set to music

by composer Grant McLachlan and given voice by VOX Choral Group: see voxcapetown.com


ORDER

OF EVENTS

DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES: VERITY PRICE

14:00 SIGN IN AND TAKE YOUR SEAT

AT YOUR TABLE

Introduction of Master of Ceremonies:

World Champion Toastmaster: Verity Price

Minister Barbara Creecy:

Opening of The Eco-Logic Awards

David Parry-Davies:

An Introduction to Eco-Logic

• INTRODUCTION TO THE ECO-LOGIC

AWARDS’ JUDGES 5

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

• CLIMATE CHANGE AWARD: 10

Words of encouragement:

Environmental Author and Editor:

Don Pinnock

• NATURE CONSERVATION AWARD: 12

Words of encouragement and poem:

Poet: Siphokazi Jonas

• ECO-INNOVATION AWARD: 14

Words of encouragement:

Musician: Jeremy Loops

• RECYCLING AND CIRCULAR

ECONOMY AWARD 16

Words of encouragement:

Comedian: Nik Rabinowitz

• WATER CONSERVATION AWARD 18

Words of encouragement:

Free diver: Hanli Prinsloo

BREAK:

Network with with fellow guests - influential,

innovative and inspirational people in the

environmental and sustainability sectors.

Talk on Alternative Buildings Methods –

Eco-Architect: Andy Horn

• ECO-FASHION & LIFESTYLE AWARD 20

Words of encouragement:

Food and Fashion Guru: Kamini Pather

• ECO-HEALTH & WELLNESS AWARD 22

• ECO-COMMUNITY AWARD 24

Words of encouragement:

Environmental Journalist: John Yeld

• ECO-ANGEL AWARD 28

Words of encouragement:

Musician: Zolani Mahola

• ECO-WARRIOR AWARD 30

Words of encouragement and performance:

Musician: Zahara

• ECO-LEADERSHIP AWARD 32

Words of encouragement:

Extreme Athlete and Adventurer: Riaan Manser

• ECO-LOGICAL INTELLIGENCE AWARD 33

- to Yolan Friedmann CEO of Endangered

Wildlife Trust

AWARDS FOR GLAMOUROUSLY GREEN

FASHION COMPETITION - WINNERS

ANNOUNCED

David Parry-Davies: Challenging our

leaders at COP26 - to evolve their thinking

to become ‘Eco-Logically intelligent’- and

launching the book Eco-Logic – to heal

People and Planet.

16.45 FORMAL CLOSURE

With words of support from

Bishop Tutu and the performance of a song

of gratitude to Mother Earth ‘Molweni’ by

VOX Coral Group


Welcome!

Dear Eco-Logic Guest

We hope you will thoroughly enjoy and benefit

from your participation in The Eco-Logic Awards

celebrations, hosted by The Enviropaedia.

I believe that whilst COVID-19 has disrupted

the entire world – it will at some point in

time be overcome. However, the same

cannot be said about Climate Change and

the many interconnected environmental

challenges we are currently facing.

As Editor of The Enviropaedia, I am aware that we

and many others have been giving loud warnings

about the world’s growing environmental crisis for

a long time – going as far back as 1992 when the

world’s leaders gathered in Rio to discuss these

challenges and to identify solutions for them.

Yet, despite the vast amount of information

supplied since then to governments, business and

the public about these challenges – there has not

been an appropriate scale of behavioural change to

effectively meet these challenges!

Despite all the loud and clear warnings, the World’s

environmental conditions are now worse and more

dangerous than ever before.

We therefore need to find a different approach to

addressing these challenges, because if we keep

doing the same thing – we are likely to get the

same results – that clearly are not working.

The words of Albert Einstein gave me a key to the

solution. He said: “The world we have created today, has

problems – and we cannot solve those problems by using

the same logic that created them in the first place.”

The critical point he identified is that in order to

solve our current challenges – we need to begin by

changing our thinking!

Pollution, poaching, climate change and other

environmental challenges are the outcomes and

effects of our thinking and value systems. Trying

to solve these challenges without first addressing

the thinking and values that motivate and drive our

behaviour is like trying to fix a punctured tyre by

blowing in more air – without first fixing the leak!

By changing our thinking and values to be more

‘eco-logical’, this will change our behaviours –

which in turn will create different outcomes and

environmental conditions.

In light of this, I began by identifying the kind

of thinking and values that are driving our

environmentally destructive behaviours. And

Then I looked for the logical, opposite positive

and life-affirming values and thinking patterns

that can stimulate and drive more sustainable and

regenerative behaviours that are likely to produce a

more sustainable society and environment.

I distilled these down to a core of seven

environmentally destructive ways of thinking

and seven alternative environmentally beneficial

ways of thinking. These are NOT listed in order of

importance and priority, instead they are listed in a

way that the first letter of the positives spell out the

word VIRTUES. This provides an easy acronym by

which to remember these seven Virtues of Eco-Logic.

Using the Eco-Logical V.I.R.T.U.E.S identified on the

opposite page - we can begin to heal the Planet and

in the process heal ourselves.

Yours eco-logically,

David Parry-Davies

Publishing Editor of The Enviropaedia

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The

7

Virtues

of Eco-Logical Thinking

For more on Eco-Logic, visit

www.eco-logicalliving.co.za

Eco-logically destructive

thinking & values

(F.I.D.O.E.M.S)

1. Fear (doom & gloom),

Anger & Apathy

Far too much of this has already been spread around,

resulting in people feeling overwhelmed and unable to make

a real difference to the state of our home planet Earth.

2. Insular/Silo thinking

A lack of awareness and consideration for the interconnectedness

and inter-dependence of Earth’s systems and

the potential effects that any individual action can have on

the whole system.

3. Disconnection with Nature

Significantly due to urbanisation and packaging of our daily

foods, many have forgotten that we are absolutely dependent

on Nature and healthy eco-systems for our physical health

and wellbeing and our economic development.

4. One dimensional (exclusively

intellectual) views and decision

making in business and science

A lack of emotional and intuitive intelligence - resulting

in a brutal mechanistic/ commodity based view of Nature

and people – causing waste, destruction and loss of

natural resources and eco-systems and the cruel abuse of

individuals and communities.

5. Ego-centred focus – resulting

in a lack of Social Cohesion

Climate change and the many other environmental challenges

we are currently facing are far too big for any one person,

community or even one Nation to solve on their own. We

need to unite as humanity to meet these challenges. Yet we

have allowed ourselves to become divided by selfishness,

racism; Nationalism; Religion; politics and other superficial

differences that prevent us from acting in unity against the

biggest challenges facing all of humanity today.

6. Materialistic focus – driving

unsustainable Consumerism

Unbridled material self-gratification resulting in about

20% of the (richest) world’s population consuming about

80% of the world’s resources ( = a recipe for social and

political instability). Driven by a shallow, immature and

misguided value system that believes that the more (money

and stuff) you consume and own, the more important you

are in society. This thinking drives unsustainable levels

of consumption, breeds corruption and diverts us from

the non-materialistic things in life that bring about more

meaningful and long-lasting fulfilment and self-actualisation.

7. Short-term thinking

Being motivated by profits today and instant gratification of

our wants and wishes, without due care and consideration

for the future.

Eco-logical

Virtues

(V.I.R.T.U.E.S)

1. Vision

Fighting against wears you down - fighting for stimulates,

invigorates and excites. We therefore need to determine

what we do want (we already know what we don’t want)

in order to give us positive direction and inspiration to

create a beautiful, healthy and sustainable world to live in

2. Inclusive / Holistic perspective

Looking at the ‘bigger picture’, seeing the interconnectedness

of all things and taking into

consideration the potential (beneficial or destructive)

knock-on effects of our choices and actions.

3. Reconnection with Nature

Recognising the importance of Nature and the value of

her eco-system services for our physical and economic

health. Harmonising and learning from Nature in order

to achieve the material and economic advantages and

benefits of Biomimicry + Circular Economy efficiencies.

4. Three Dimensional Intelligence

integrating intellectual intelligence with emotional and

intuitive intelligence in order to reach more balanced

(wise) conclusions and decisions that view and treat

people and planet as if they are just as important as

intellectual and material property and profits

5. Ubuntu – Care for Community

Recognising that all humanity is threatened by the same

environmental challenges, we need to put aside our differences

in order to ensure our future survival. In an Ubuntu society

that recognises our mutual dependence and our common

humanity, the minor differences of colour, race, religion, politics

etc. are diminished and become less important. By actively

promoting and building an Ubuntu consciousness we become

more able to work effectively together to meet and overcome

our common social and environmental challenges

6. Ethical focus – driving a

quality based approach to

consumption

By focussing on our non-material virtues and assets (including

the arts, culture, spiritual and psychological self-development),

we reduce the need for material goods to define and maintain

our sense of self-worth. And when choosing goods that we

do actually need, by purchasing high quality goods that last

longer instead of wasteful disposable or short lifespan goods,

we can reduce the overall quantity of the world’s resources

that we are consuming. When we actively choose to be an

‘ethical consumer’ (buying from those organisations that

choose to reduce their environmental impacts) we can further

drive down the levels of environmental destruction waste,

pollution and climate change caused by dirty, wasteful and

unsustainable methods and processes of production.

7. Sustainable long term thinking

(In Economic & Political Strategy). Balancing our short term wants

and wishes against our ability to meet our long term needs.

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INTRODUCING OUR JUDGES

ANTON CRONE

Anton is the editor of Getaway magazine. After relaunching the publication in 2020, and

in line with the growing interest in eco-travel, the Getaway team are focusing more on

conservation and the environment and embracing a younger generation of readers. Anton’s

background is in travel and community focused journalism, having written and photographed

for a variety of publications including Wall Street Journal and Sunday Times, and non profit

organisations such as Operation Smile.

YOLAN FRIEDMANN

Yolan is the CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, one of the largest conservation NGOs in

southern Africa. Yolan’s academic qualifications include an MSc in Environmental Studies, a

BA in Communications and English, a Management Development Diploma from GIBS (UP)

and a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Yolan was the first female recipient of the SAB Nick

Steele Environmentalist of the Year Award, the winner of the CEO Most Influential Woman in

Business and Environment Award in the Environmental Category, recipient of the 2012 Green

Globe Award, is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, a Board member of the

Tourism Conservation Fund, and was a Regional Councillor on the IUCN Council for 4 years.

NANCY RICHARDS

Nancy Richards is an independent journalist, born London, based Cape Town, with

experience on radio and in print. As a radio presenter, areas of specialisation included shows

on literature, the environment and ‘women’s issues’. In print she’s covered environmental

matters, books and literature, lifestyle, travel, art and décor amongst other things. She has a

podcast called Books Stories People and is founder of an NPO: Woman Zone in Cape Town.

She’s author/co-author of Beautiful Homes: as featured in Fairlady magazine; Woman Today -

50 years of South African women on radio; Being a Woman in Cape Town: Telling your story and

The Skipper’s Daughter. She’s also a speaker and media trainer.

KEVIN JAMES

Kevin is an eco-entrepreneur focused 100% on unlocking green economy opportunities. He

is also a sustainability professional with deep experience in strategic corporate sustainability

as well as in the development of green, low carbon projects. In 2006 he founded his most

current entrepreneurial venture - Global Carbon Exchange (GCX) with two goals in mind: to

create commercial value and to make a positive impact at the same time. Kevin is currently

the CEO of GCX, a strategic environmental sustainability and project development company that

supports the transformation of large, complex organisation across SA into more responsible and

valuable entities through the design and implementation of sustainable business programs. Besides

his role at GCX and The Green Building Council South Africa, Kevin is also a Director of OptimusBio a

leading, homegrown biotech company developing biological solutions across various fields.

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ALBI MODISE

Albi Modise serves as Chief Director/Head of Communications at the Department of

Environmental Affairs (DEA). Modise graduated with an Honours degree Journalism and

Media Studies from Rhodes University School Journalism. He has worked as a Lecturer at

Tshwane University of Technology, also at Government Communications and Information

System, State IT Agency and Spokesperson for the national Ministry of Communications.

His responsibilities include overall management of the communications portfolio in the

department while also entrusted with spokesperson roles for the department. He has served as the

Country Spokesperson during international conferences like international climate change talks, CoP

17 and other similar international conferences. In addition he also Certificate in Telecommunications

Policy from Wits University and General Management Programme from Gordon Institute of Business

Science (GIBS).


LUMKA POSWAYO

Lumka Poswayo has a background in Geography and Environmental Studies. She is the

Senior Project Manager for Pick n Pay Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

division. Her expertise lies in the business of sustainability. She is the manager for Pick n

Pay School Club; an educational programme supporting over 3000 schools with educational

content aligned with CAPS, environmental literacy, healthy living and education. Lumka is also

involved in Environmental Social Governance (ESG) reporting with different stakeholders. Her

other focus areas include CSR projects, corporate governance, marketing, social media management

and digital marketing & communication, environmental projects in climate change, ethical sourcing with

SEDEX, Better Cotton Initiatives and SIZA.

GEORGINA SMIT

Georgina Smit is Head of Technical at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA),

overseeing certification and research related products that drive the property sector to design,

build and operate buildings in a more sustainable way. She manages the Technical Team at the

GBCSA who are responsible for independently certifying green buildings and identifying market

leaders. Her daily responsibilities include driving market transformation through certification

which can verify tangible, quantifiable impacts and providing customer-focused technical support

to all stakeholders engaging with the GBCSA, both in the private and public sector.

KATE STUBBS

Kate Stubbs is the current Group Business Development and Marketing Director for

the Interwaste Group which forms part Séché Environnement, a leading international

environmental solutions business. She has held various executive positions in marketing,

sales, strategy and communications over the last 20 years, predominantly working for Supply

Chain, Logistics and Waste Management companies serving a broad range of industries. Her

experience has enabled her to work with diverse local and international teams and she thrives in

complex, intellectually stimulating environments. Some of her successes have been in creating and

building new brands, achieving growth strategies and assisting with the integration of many acquisitions.

She is passionate about developing sustainable solutions for businesses that are not only economically

viable but which are socially conscious and protect our environment for future generations. Kate holds

a BCom Business Management degree and has completed Leadership and Executive Development

programmes through the GIBS business school.

VINCENT SHACKS

Vince is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the IUCN World Commission

on Protected Areas. He has worked throughout Southern Africa with national governments,

private sector and community based organisations in the management and planning of

nature based tourism. Vince worked as a researcher and independent consultant in the

Okavango Delta for over a decade and has also carried out biodiversity survey work in

Mozambique, Madagascar and Angola to assist governments with the setup and planning of

new protected areas. He is currently the General Manager of the Ecotourism unit at the Wildlife

and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) which oversees the Blue Flag, Green Coast and Green

Key eco-labels, as well as the management of national youth development projects.

JOANNE YAWITCH

Joanne Yawitch has been the Chief Executive Officer of the National Business Initiative (NBI)

since March 2011, having previously been Deputy Director General for Climate Change in

the Department of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for Environmental Quality and

Protection, as well as for the Department’s Climate Change work. Joanne worked for the

Gauteng Department of Environment from 1997 to 2004 and prior to that was Special Adviser

to the then Minister of Land Affairs. Joanne is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors

of South African National Parks and is a Board Member of SAFCOL as well as the Chair of their Social

and Ethics Committee. In 2020, Joanne was appointed as a Member of The Inaugural Presidential Climate

Change Coordinating Commission (PCCCC). The Commission advises on South Africa’s just transition to

a low-carbon, inclusive, climate change resilient economy and society, as well as provides guidance on

matters of adaptation and mitigation. Joanne´s expertise lies within business and sustainability, business

and government collaboration, climate change and climate change negotiations. 6


ANNOUNCING

THE LAUNCH OF

ECO-LOGIC

The Book!

ECO-LOGIC

To heal people and planet

By David Parry-Davies:

Editor of www.enviropaedia.com and

Founder of the annual Eco-Logic Awards

● Is money and the economy

really more important than

people and planet?

● Is it wise to not let emotions

(like compassion) influence our

decisions in business and science?

● Are we as individuals powerless

to make a real difference in the

face of the huge environmental

challenges like climate change?

These are some of the questions

raised in this book.

Eco-Logic represents a value

system and thinking pattern

that I fully support.”

~ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

David

Parry-Davies has a deep love

for nature and he has expressed that

love through his work. He is asking

a very powerful question “Are you

able to evolve your thinking and

lifestyle – to become an eco-logical

human being?” And he has laid out

a clear pathway of virtues to inspire

that evolution. This is the kind of

thinking that gives hope in this time

of environmental turmoil.”

~ Craig Foster Academy Award

Winning film ‘My Octopus Teacher’

This book identifies the kind of thinking and

mind-sets that have led to the current climate

and environmental challenges we are facing

and offers an alternative way of thinking

referred to as ‘The virtues of Eco-Logic’ that we

can use to begin to heal this planet and in the

process heal ourselves.

Hard copy available from

networking@enviropaedia.com

And also from


SPECIAL THANKS!

A Special Thank You to our eco-friends and

supporters for generously providing the

following prizes and contributions:

PRIZES FOR THE

ECO-DRESS-UP COMPETITION:

Citizen Watches for stylish yet classic

watches perfect for all occasions

Canon for a camera fit for an Eco-Warrior

Polo for eco-fashion vouchers

SPECIAL PEOPLE &

ORGANISATIONS:

Verity Price:

Master of Ceremonies

Workshop 17:

Venue of The Eco-Logic Awards

Santam:

Thank you to Santam for their long standing financial

support

CELEBRITY SHOUT OUTS AND

PERFORMANCES:

Siphokazi Jonas

Don Pinnock

Hanli Prinsloo

Nik Rabinowitz

Kamini Pather

Vox Choral Group:

Performance of Molweni

John Yeld

Zolani Mahola

Zahara

Jeremy Loops

Riaan Manser

Matthew Rosmarin of Green House Media:

Virtual Awards Production

Candice Burgess of King Of The Jungle:

Public Relations and Social Media

R+D Brands for designing the Eco-Logic Awards

E-ZINE and Award winner Certificates.

ENVIRONMENTAL TALKS:

The Honorable Barbara Creecy, Minister of Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment

Andy Horn: Eco Design Architects

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Climate change

Award

Proudly supported by

AFRICAN CLIMATE ALLIANCE

African Climate Alliance (ACA) is a youth-led grassroots organisation born out of Cape Town’s

first-ever major climate protest in March 2019. Since then, their work has transformed to meet

many of the challenges posing the African youth climate movement. The group aims to act and

advocate for climate justice whilst inclusively building up and amplifying youth voices across sectors

of society, bridging connections to create organising potential. Currently the organisation works through four

project areas: education, advocacy, action, and an ambassador programme which has 15 ambassadors from

3 African countries. The group also has a number of activist networks which span across Africa which exist

to connect and deliver opportunities and news. Having initially taken the lead from the European climate

movement, with time it became clear that this way of climate organising doesn’t fit the South African mould,

often excluding those most affected by inequality and climate injustice. It is with this in mind that the group has

been transforming and working with a focus on afrocentric climate literacy and social inclusion. The aspirational

name of the organisation was chosen by an inter-schools climate council with the long-term hope of building

youth-led climate alliances across Africa.

ELANA GREYLING: EARTHLIFE AFRICA

Elana Greyling is on a mission to empower (mostly young) rural women to take action against

eco-rights violations and fight for climate justice. As part of the Concerned Citizens of Lephalale

(CCL) – a small group of women passionate about environmental protection and the development

of energy-focused skills in their community – she works hard to ensure these women understand the threats from

climate change, have an idea of how they can address it, and feel empowered to speak out against issues that

negatively affect them. Elana works with her local communities (7 groups around Lephalale in Limpopo Province) and

beyond to foster a deeper understanding of climate change, in relation to their human and environmental rights. Her

work promotes a just transition while she encourages eco-friendly lifestyles, providing tangible examples and training

to create sustainable eco-economic opportunities. Elana also mobilises the women in her community to make

submissions on various proposals that affect them, from speaking out at public hearings regarding Eskom’s price

increases to placard demonstrations against the ongoing air pollution and eco destruction. She has also been

very vocal against proposed new coal projects, and as a result of these actions, the proposed Thabametsi coal

mine project has been abandoned. By creating widespread grassroots awareness of the climate crisis in ways that

also speak to civic responsibility, as well as economic and other opportunities, dealing with the challenges can be

more inclusive and therefore more impactful.

GROENHEUWEL EOSTA CITRUS

Groenheuwel farm in Augrabies, near Upington, has been working with Eosta in the Netherlands

for 20 years to produce organic and climate friendly oranges, mandarins, grapefruit and lemon

for the European market. Growers André and Madaléne Spangenberg and their team are now

saving 2.6 million kg of CO2 emissions per year, thanks to their organic farming method and the 2775

solar panels they installed in 2020 (producing 2,393 MWh of energy per year). Good composting, zero synthetic

pesticides and fertilizer, and working with natural biodiversity are all key ingredients to climate resilient agriculture.

A True Cost Accounting report from 2017 calculated that Groenheuwel’s organic production saves South African

society €1343 (R23,216) in climate impact per hectare per year, compared to conventional citrus. Transparency,

inclusivity and worker participation are equally important to Groenheuwel and Eosta. European consumers

can learn about the efforts of Groenheuwel through Eosta’s online transparency system: a farm portrait can be

found with code 229 at www.natureandmore.com. By showing the efforts of our growers, we break through the

anonymity of the world market and give the consumer the option to make a positive, climate-friendly choice.

There can be no sustainability without transparency!

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NATURE Conservation

Award

CAPE LEOPARD TRUST: SNARE AWARE

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Unsustainable hunting for bushmeat indiscriminately kills animals and reduces prey availability for large

predators. The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) launched the Snare Aware project to investigate the extent of wire

snaring in the Boland region, remove snares from the landscape, and educate and inspire communities to

integrate snare patrols into farm management strategies.

A CLT Snare Officer has patrolled over 1,400 km, removing 673 traps and gathering extensive data. This data was analysed to

determine which factors influence the spatial distribution of wire-snares and direct future snare patrol efforts. The CLT also

developed a web application to encourage citizen scientists in the Western Cape to report snare discoveries. The CLT team

educates the public about the detrimental effects of snaring by creating resources and leading workshops about the value of

fynbos wildlife, the illegal practice of hunting with wire snares, and effective snare patrol techniques.

The Snare Aware project shines a light on an emerging but hidden threat to biodiversity, and by raising awareness this work is

positively impacting the long-term survival of leopards and other wildlife. Farming communities have become empowered to reduce

snaring both by removing snares regularly and ameliorating some of the drivers behind snaring behaviour.

CTEET: RIVER AMBASSADORS

CTEET is a registered NPO and PBO, was established in February 2001, and believes in educating, supporting,

and capacitating individuals and communities to be responsible stewards of the natural world. CTEET’s model

is defined by three phases: Education for Sustainable Development, Green Skills Training and Development, and

Employment in the Green Economy through their Nature Care Fund. They educate, not only to grow responsible

citizenry, but to nurture effective employability.

Cape Town’s natural asset base is its strongest resource, with the coastline and mountains offering educational, recreational,

tourism and business opportunities. However, its river courses are negatively viewed as ‘crime and grime’ stormwater conduits

carrying little more than pollution and infested with alien invasive vegetation, impacting negatively on adjacent property values.

The River Ambassadors Project provides an opportunity to address both the social and environmental challenges along Cape

Town’s urban rivers and the adjacent communities. In addition to gaining a Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship NQF2

qualification, participants on the River Ambassadors Project take part in additional accredited short learnings, as well as jobreadiness

training, increasing their opportunities to enter the field of conservation and build a career. Developing South African

youth in such a way empowers individuals to be stewards for nature, to be more employable, while also bringing more people

into the Green Economy.

ELEPHANTS ALIVE

As a longstanding NPO, Elephants Alive’s quest involves delivering innovative research solutions, which

acknowledge elephants and people and their shared world as an integral part of the ecosystem they occupy.

Several projects represent the culmination of many years of work to bring together the value of elephants,

bees, plants and people. To ensure conservation success, and the long-term preservation of free-ranging elephants,

Elephants Alive believes it is critical to empower, inform and involve local communities through the following programs:

1) The Ndlopfu Gogos (Elephant Grandmothers)

Within rural communities, the grandmothers (Gogos) are like the elephant matriarchs, that are the leading elders within a herd.

Gogos are respected story-tellers who carry the history of their people forward. Elephants Alive creates experiences where Gogos

are introduced to elephants to enrich their stories and remind future generations that once human-elephant-coexistence was

standard and can be again today.

2) Partnering with the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit (all-female Anti-Poaching Unit)

This partnership protects wildlife while empowering women to keep bees and adopt permaculture practices. Beekeeping, in

conjunction with permaculture, increases the pollination and productivity of crops, creates entrepreneurial opportunities,

provides food and medicine while creating soft boundaries for elephants (bees and unpalatable crops).

3) Collaborating with Wild Shots Outreach

Wild Shots Outreach photography courses are run with key communities where there is potential human-elephant conflict.

Programs include local students who create content for local schools, document elephant collaring and photograph the Ndlopfu

Gogos for community exhibitions. All these efforts are replicated in the community-owned corridors in Mozambique.

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Eco-innovation

Award

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costs for homeowners.

GLOBAL GREEN TAG AFRICA

Global GreenTag provides South Africa’s finest sustainable manufacturers with a unique, world

first, whole of life, whole of sustainability green product rating certification system called Global

GreenTag Cert.

It is one of the most scientifically rigorous, third party product certification standards in the

world, to build trust back into the green marketplace with a set of tools designed to cut through marketing

‘greenwash’, empowering professional buyers and consumers with information to confidently select

products made in the most planet-friendly and ethical way possible.

GreenTag certifications help architects and designers confidently work with results and metrics from

GreenTag’s LCA based product eco-labelling and rating systems. This provides comparative rankings of

a product’s performance on issues like energy/water efficiency, indoor environment quality, pollution

prevention, synergy with other products and analysis of cradle-to-grave product impacts and benefits.

Also available are more detailed declaration programs like GreenTag’s Modern Slavery Declaration, the

first product level declaration of its kind in the world to help eliminate incidences of modern slavery in

supply chains.

Ultimately, GreenTag is driven by a purpose to protect all living systems and a goal to have a strong and

meaningful presence, globally, and be a part of the bigger conversations across the planet to ensure

this happens.

THE GREENPOP FOUNDATION & URBAN HARVEST:

FAMILY FOOD GARDENS

South African-based environmental organisation, the Greenpop Foundation, in partnership

with edible garden specialists, Urban Harvest, introduces the Family Food Garden project to

assist in increasing food security for those that need it most.

The project, which will run on a rolling cycle, will see Greenpop and Urban Harvest supporting individuals

and groups from across South Africa over 12 months through in-person and digital training and the

distribution of Family Garden Pods.

By increasing knowledge about home food gardening, cooking and nutrition, and entrepreneurship,

the project aims to empower individuals and communities to become more food secure and financially

independent.

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Supporting South

Africa to return to

business unusual

There is no better time to implement

changes that can make your operations

more efficient and sustainable.

As the country gears up, the National

Cleaner Production Centre South Africa

(NCPC-SA) is there to help and advise.

Through the implementation of resource efficient and cleaner

production (RECP), companies can increase efficiencies and

lower utility costs. Assessing your operations or production

processes can lead to much-needed improvements:

• RECP stimulates innovation i.e. new solutions that have substantive benefits

• Resource savings translate directly into a reduction in production costs

• Sustainability initiatives open up new markets

• Quality and safety can be improved through systems such as

an ISO 50001 energy management system

• RECP implementation creates an opportunity to

streamline processes

If you are ready to embrace a new normal, contact us to take

the first step. Services are subsidised and advice costs nothing.

THA 26-2020

We are currently not all in the office so

please email us on ncpc@csir.co.za

For more information, visit www.ncpc.co.za

The NCPC-SA is a programme that promotes the uptake and

implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production

(RECP), funded by the dtic and hosted by the CSIR.


th e THE WASTE &

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Award

Proudly supported by

ANGLO AMERICAN PLATINUM ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL PROJECT

Anglo American Platinum set a target in 2013 to achieve zero waste to landfill (ZW2L) of its nonmineral

waste for all managed operations, by the end of 2020.

The journey to achieve ZW2L has been underpinned by a progressive shift in our approach to

waste management, supported by a company-wide ZW2L strategy, awareness campaigns to drive behavioural

change across the company and improved waste-stream sorting and recycling. All our operations apply

the ‘avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle’ waste-management hierarchy. A step change was achieved when we

appointed a specialist waste management company in 2018 to support with the identification of reuse and

recycling solutions.

Our approach encompasses the entire value chain and we encourage all key suppliers to support our ZW2L

goals. We are also exploring and developing cost-effective re-use and recycling business ventures with

community-based initiatives, as part of a growing shift to lifecycle solutions.

In December 2020, all our managed operations achieved ZW2L status (except for five waste streams with no

offset solutions). In addition to this significant reduction of waste to landfill, the estimated total GHG emissions

removed from the environment is around 503,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

ENVIROCRETE ® BIOCLIMATIC HOUSES & BUILDING COMPONENTS

Envirocrete Pty. Ltd. produces an innovative construction material entirely based on recycled

scrap treated wood achieving a light weight inert aggregate that substitutes ordinary sand

and stone aggregates in the conventional Concrete Ready Mix. Envirocrete’s lightweight aggregate

material is used to produce structural precast building components, in SYNERGY with well-established Concrete

Industry Building Standards, technologies and machineries such as hollow blocks, precast load bearing wall

panels, roof panels, and hollow core slabs. Envirocrete’s technology enables developers, contractors and

builders to deliver Bioclimatic, Ecological and Energy Efficient houses and high raise structures timely and at

very competitive costs. The ‘conventional’ construction industry (architects & engineers) will have the option

to REPLACE non-renewable carbon-positive construction materials such as sand and stone aggregates, steel,

aluminum and plastic that are heavy pollutants and non-renewables with WASTE SCRAP WOOD, a sustainable

and carbon negative RENEWABLE primary base material. Envirocrete has proven and consolidated references

demonstrating improved green dwelling quality standards, reduction of construction costs, energy savings,

speed to market & lower operation costs for homeowners.

PACKA-CHING

Packa-Ching is an enterprise-operated separation-at-source recycling service founded by

Polyco. It collects used recyclable packaging material from people across South Africa and pays

them for it, resulting in a cleaner environment.

Packa-Ching reduces the amount of recyclable waste entering landfills, reduces the amount of litter

landing up in the environment and increases recycling rates in South Africa by showing that used recyclable

packaging has a monetary value. Packa-Ching collects used recyclable packaging material from the public in low

income and informal areas - areas that are often overlooked with regards to recycling education, infrastructure

and services - and pays them for it. It offers a much-needed solution to South Africa’s growing waste challenge,

while at the same time stimulating the country’s entrepreneurial landscape and contributing to poverty

alleviation by providing people with additional income.

Packa-Ching has three different models for recycling collection: mobile truck-and-trailer units that drive into

communities and collect recycling on set days; static, permanently located buy-back centres within cities; and

smaller pop-up units at locations such as malls.

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Water Wise

- going strong since 1997

4

20 YEARS AND COUNTING

EVERY DROP IS LIFE, SAVE YOURS

Water Wise has been going for more than 24 years, offering education and information

on water conservation in the home and garden. There are many simple and effective

ways to reduce the amount of water you use in the garden and home. Hydro-zoning your

garden, using mulch, installing a raintank, using permeable paving, and irrigating at the

right time of the day are all easy ways to use less water in your garden or landscape.

If you would like to know more about what we do and how you can be Water

Wise, please visit our website.

www.randwater.co.za and click on the Water Wise logo

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON WATER WISE, PLEASE CONTACT US ON: 0860 10 10 60


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water Conservation

Award

Proudly supported by

FRIENDS OF THE LIESBEEK

The Friends of the Liesbeek (FoL) is a community-led not-for-profit organisation that aims

to rehabilitate and enhance the ecological integrity and recreational utility of the Liesbeek

River corridor for public good. FoL is comprised of a fully committed volunteer committee of

12 individuals who meet monthly (and often more frequently than that) to plan the actions of the

organisation. The committee ensures, amongst a number of other things, the annual fundraising of over R500

000 to run and manage the Liesbeek Maintenance Project (LMP). The LMP currently employs 9 people. The

LMP Manager, a university graduate with a specialisation in Environmental Management is responsible for the

planning and carrying out of the Liesbeek River Management Plan. The Manager managers a team of 8 full time

employed staff from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who carry out the maintenance work on the river.

The scope of work carried out is broad, including litter collection, alien and invasive plant clearing, restoration

projects including indigenous planting and reintroduction projects, date collection, path, bridge and cycle lane

maintenance and more.

FoL’s vision is a thriving, abundant Liesbeek ecosystem that is in harmony with the diverse people and organisms

it supports. In addition to this, FoL aims to show, through the fully funded LMP, that we can address societal

imbalances by providing real, decent jobs in the environmental sector.

GREATER CAPE TOWN WATER FUND

The Greater Cape Town Water Fund (GCTWF) is a public private partnership initiative established

in 2018 to improve water security for the Greater Cape Town Region. Underpinned by science,

the GCTWF Business Case launched in 2018, has shown that by clearing 54,300 hectares of

invasive plants in 7 priority sub-catchments in the Western Cape Water Supply System, 55 billion

litres of water - 2 months’ water supply for Cape Town - can be reclaimed every year at one tenth of the cost of

engineering solutions such as desalination, water reuse or Table Mountain Group Aquifer drilling. In addition,

clearing the priority areas will create green jobs, protect a biodiversity hotspot - the Cape Floristic Region - and

improve climate resilience. To date over 19,000 hectares were cleared, 470 green job opportunities created and

about 9 billion litres of water reclaimed. 70 High Angle Technicians, of which 40% are women were trained to

work in remote mountainous areas.

HENNOPS REVIVAL

Hennops Revival is a non-profit Organization with the focus on reviving, healing and restoring

the Hennops River, her banks and her people.

There is NO TIME! No time to blame, not time to shame, no time to point fingers, no time to

complain! There is ONLY TIME FOR ACTION!

The river did not degrade overnight and it won’t be restored overnight, but what gets removed from the river

has an impact downstream, and upstream, and helps save our seas and marine life.

Hennops promotes collaboration as we are ALL affected by this, our rivers are the veins of the planet carrying

nutrients all over the world, we must ALL play our part in this!

Besides creating jobs for homeless members of the community, Hennops have designed and installed a litter

trap on the Hennops River, from the bottom up, instead of from the top down,

Hennops believes that the state of our rivers is a direct reflection of a huge amount of pain, a very broken

system, and a massive disconnection from OURSELVES, as beings made up of mostly water.

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Eco-Fashion

& Lifestyle

Award

Proudly sponsored by

CHIC MAMAS DO CARE

Chic Mamas Do Care is a South African volunteer-based, purpose-led brand founded on sustainable

fashion, intent on supporting educational development projects to help break the cycle of poverty in SA. It

was founded in 2010 by Abigél Sheridan in Cape Town with the ambition to help make a positive impact on

educational development projects. She did this by facilitating the sale, trade and swapping of good quality preloved

clothing, with all proceeds going towards the selected project beneficiaries.

Using sustainable fashion to help break the country’s cycle of poverty, Chic Mamas Do Care has established boutique

stores based in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban. The NPO has supported pre-schools, literacy and numeracy projects,

and ECD (Early Childhood Development) centres over the years. Guided by the pillars of sustainable development, the

purpose-led brand positively impacts communities, the environment through recycling and upcycling and creating

a stable social enterprise that grows annually. Since its inception, Chic Mamas Do Care has donated R8 Million+ to

various projects. Abigél hopes that her efforts in supporting communities will inspire others to take some action and

become active citizens in the fight for education equality.

During 2020 and Covid19, Abigél expanded on the idea of conscious consumerism and created an online pre-loved

marketplace called Love It Again, brought to you by Chic Mamas Do Care.

LEVI

Levi Strauss & Co. South Africa own a manufacturing facility in Epping, an industrial area in Cape Town

where they produce 85% of all Levi’s® jeans that are sold locally. This year Levi were able to realise a gamechanging

development at the factory - when they started using 100% recycled water for the production facility’s

manufacturing processes, piping the recycled water in from the Athlone Wastewater Treatment Works. This project

was made possible by a partnership with The City of Cape Town. This meant that Levi could completely decouple

production processes from the fresh water supply and therefore save 3.3M litres of water per month which will equate

to 36 Million Litres of water saved per annum.

Levi’s approach to sustainability is inspired by the concept of circularity — a closed-loop system that recycles and reuses

the same resources to create products. Designing products so that they can be used more, made to be made again, and

are constructed with safe, recyclable and renewable inputs.

This initiative certainly is a leading example of an innovative partnership demonstrating how businesses can deliver on

their obligations as environmental stewards in the communities where they do business. The global Levi’s® community

is now looking at how they can replicate this model in other factories.

THE JOINERY

The Joinery is a luxury sustainable and ethical product design brand based in South Africa, producing

for clients both locally and internationally. Founded by two sustainable designers and sisters in business

together, Natalie and Kim Ellis. The Joinery’s focus is on finding solutions to environmental and community

issues through design.

The Joinery are pioneers of responsible fabrics, namely the conceptualisation of a felt fabric that is made from recycled

plastic bottles which has been named Future Felt. Our intense concern for the issues of plastic waste and single

use plastic landing up in our oceans and landfills made us turn to finding solutions for re-using waste and question

how to clean up waste streams, which led us to conceptualise Future Felt. All the plastic bottles in our fabric are

collected within South Africa. The Joinery are true pioneers of sustainable textile design and all their products are

made by local artisans, sewing co-operatives and local South African producers. The Joinery up-skill women to be a

part of the production team, thus contributing directly to job creation. The Joinery employees work with heart and

soul to produce high end sustainable products and in turn are able to support entire families, which is a fundamental

motivator to the founders who believe in People and Planet.

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See the symbol, trust the brand.

Live an environmentally friendly, greener life that is better for you and your body. The journey begins at Dis-Chem

with our greener living products. These are made using natural extracts, naturally derived or organic ingredients.

LIFESTYLE FOOD is Dis-Chem

Pharmacies’ healthy food range

including plant-based milk

alternatives, gluten- and

wheat-free products, superfood

powders and sugar alternatives.

NATURVITAL BIO is an organic

range developed under and

guaranteed by the European

Cosmetic Organic Standard

rules (ECOCERT).

NATURVITAL HAIR S.O.S.

range is a natural, effective

solution for thinning hair.

MINERALINE offers

premium skincare and

beauty products

formulated with the

therapeutic power of

natural Dead Sea

minerals and natural

ingredients.

PALLADIO products feature

good-for-your skin botanical

and vitamin-infused formulae.

For women of all skin types

and tones, who want to look

and feel beautiful while using

products that benefit their

skin and the environment.

URBAN VEDA is a

natural skin care brand

based on the holistic

principles of Ayurveda.

URBAN VEDA is

certified vegan-friendly

and cruelty-free.

Respecting and

protecting nature,

all ingredients are

sustainably sourced to

preserve plant heritage

and support biodiversity.

BIOGEN Plant Based

Protein is a supreme

daily supplement, and

an excellent choice of

protein for athletes

and individuals

following a vegan or

dairy-free lifestyle.

Rice and pea protein

is free from gluten,

dairy and lactose,

making it easily

digestible.

SOFTI

SOFTI Cotton Balls are

ECOCERT certified and made

from 100% pure cotton fi bre.

SOFTI Cosmetic Buds

are 100% natural and

biodegradable. They are made

using recycled paper and offer

an eco-friendly alternative.

Prevents odour before it gets

started. The invisible protective

barrier lasts up to 24 hours.

BIO VITAL offers a range of

natural and organic skin and

body care products that are

vegan-friendly and ECOCERT

certified. These products are

not tested on animals and are

packed in environmentallyfriendly

packages that aim

to protect the environment.

To shop our wide range

of Greener products,

scan the QR code

These products are made using natural extracts, naturally derived or organic ingredients

Delivered to your door OR collect from any Dis-Chem store

nationwide-dischem.co.za. Free delivery on orders of R600 00

or more in major metropolitan areas. No charge for collection in-store

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ECO-HEALTH

& WELLNESS

Award

Proudly sponsored by

CRAFTED COSMETICS

Crafted Cosmetics creates simple, wholesome skincare products with the minimum of additives.

The focus is beauty without cruelty and developing moisturizers, soaps and shampoo that do not

harm customers or the planet. Crafted Cosmetics don’t believe in false promises and the hype that

drives the beauty industry, but rather in the power of nature to protect, heal and beautify.

Indigenous and more commonly used natural botanicals are used to create products that restore skin health

and a feeling of wellbeing. The recipes and ideas behind many of the products were inherited from mothers

and grandmothers and the company grew from an enduring interest (generation after generation) in plants

and their capacity to heal and improve health. Consumers are becoming more discerning and are beginning

to ask the right questions – about the origin and sustainability of the beauty products they use and about the

possible long-term effects of some skin care ingredients that are used to improve the ‘look’ of a product and

its shelf life. Crafted Cosmetics offers viable, cost-effective alternatives to mainstream and mass-produced

skincare lines. To this purpose, they retain a cottage industry ethos, the boutique factory ‘feel’ because they

believe that when there is emotional investment, when love and dedication goes into the making of a product,

the result is a truly ‘feel-good’ product.

EARTHLY

Earthly is an environmentally-friendly brand that aims to become the largest online platform of

eco-friendly and sustainably sourced personal hygiene products in South Africa.

Earthly also manufactures Toothbits, which is a natural and locally produced toothpaste in tablet

form. Earthly developed and manufactures their trademarked Toothbits from their facility in Somerset West and

has to date prevented more than 45 000 toothpaste tubes from ending up in a South African landfill. Although

this is a very good start, the aim is to raise this number to 45 million within the next few years.

Toothbits is designed to serve more than one objective by replacing plastic packaging as well as reducing water

during the production process. Earthly is limiting plastic usage by using degradable packaging and recyclable

aluminium tins rather than a plastic toothpaste tube. Toothbits are in tablet form and, unlike traditional

toothpaste, does not require water for production.

Toothbits not only reduces plastic and water consumption but is also diabetic and vegan friendly as well as

cruelty free. Earthly also provides funds for Non Profit Organisations that clean up beaches, rivers and other

places that are affected by the overuse of single use plastic.

PATCH BAMBOO BANDAGES

PATCH is the world’s first hypoallergenic and compostable wound care solution that loves your

skin. Crafted from 100% organic bamboo fibre with the added natural goodness of activated

charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil, PATCH offers an environmentally sustainable alternative to the

common plaster that is perfect for even the most sensitive of skin types.

From the bandages to the tube packaging, PATCH Strips are compostable, and break down in garden soil within

weeks. Our ground-breaking product is addressing the global crisis of single-use plastic, one PATCH at a time.

People are looking for products that they can trust to relieve ailments and aid a healthier, more vital life. The world

is becoming more environmentally conscious and is looking for zero-waste, plastic-free, and natural alternatives

that help preserve the planet.

PATCH provides an innovative solution to the growing number of people who are allergic to the common plaster

through our sustainable bamboo bandages that are toxin, latex and paraben free. PATCH is helping rid the world

of unnecessary plastic waste for the future of our children and the generations to come. Now scratches, bruises

and cuts become little badges of honour. BECAUSE SCRATCHES ARE NATURAL, SO ARE PATCHES.

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Established in 2003

Supports 3155 primary and high schools nationally with 8.4 tons of educational

material

CAPS-aligned educational material includes lesson plans, worksheets, posters and

more

Impacts over 2.3 million learners

Over 350 hero learners awarded yearly for kindness, respect, courage, selflessness,

honesty, environmental awareness and being a team player.

Pencil bags

36 000 Pick n Pay pencil cases

made from 500 ml recycled PET

bottles distributed to 86

Pick n Pay School Club schools.

One Desk. One Child

In partnership with Danone SA, 500

school desks for 13 preschools are

being created through upcycled

yoghurt tubs collected from 100

primary schools, diverting 19 tons of

plastic from landfills.

Soap bars donated by

Willowton Group

Distributed over 750 000 soap bars to

schools, community outreach

programmes, hospitals, old age homes

and Pick n Pay emerging store

customers.

Virowipes made with an

earth-friendly, organic,

biodegradable formulation

Distributed over 1 400 units to 120

schools across 5 regions. This equates

to 2.8 million wipes.

Implementation of a pilot

food garden

310 learners supported by a school

food garden, 3 times a week.

In partnership with Feed the

Nation Foundation, supported

child-headed families with food

parcels and schools with

groceries for feeding schemes

No. of meals: Over 5.3 million

Value of food: Over R17 million

No. of schools: 292

No. of organisations: 17

No. of food parcels: 15823

Winner of the 2020 Trialogue Strategic

Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Award.

Visit www.schoolclub.co.za to access free educational materials and to find out more about the programme.

Follow us:

Pick n Pay School Club @PnPSchoolClub pnpschoolclub


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Eco-Community

Award

Proudly sponsored by

GROOTBOS FOUNDATION

The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to transforming communities

and conserving our environment. GF aims to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and

to develop sustainable livelihoods through delivering programmes in ecotourism, enterprise

development and education which are free to the community. They conserve, educate, rehabilitate

and protect the natural environment of the Western Cape, particularly the flora and fauna of the Walker Bay

region, and uplift the children, youth and adults in vulnerable communities living therein. These programmes can

be broadly explained in 3 pillars all underpinned by GF’s conservation goals: Green Futures Conservation, Football

Foundation sports development, and Siyakhula Enterprise Development. Grootbos Foundation began in 2003 and

established the Green Futures College to offer Indigenous Horticulture training to local youths unable to complete

school or find work; they have since engaged with the community frequently and expanded their programmes

in response to community feedback to include Eco-Tourism Hospitality Training, sport development and school

curricula, food security programmes and feeding schemes, urban agriculture training, a co-operative farm, Early

Childhood Development school career programmes with emphasis on the green economy, entrepreneurship

programmes and seed funding opportunities with an emphasis on the green economy.

KABEGA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Kabega Primary sets the trend when it comes to environmental awareness education. In

2020 the school won an Eco-Logic Award in the Recycling and Waste Management category.

The school was named PlasticSA’s top recycling school in South Africa in 2013 and 2016. The

school not only focuses on recycling but various aspects of environmental education. The school

is actively involved in the community with various organisations linking with the school’s activities. The school

did presentations at the Institute for Waste Management of South Africa, Sustainable Seas Trust, WESSA and St

Martins Presbyterian Church. Learners visit the Baakens River and beaches around Port Elizabeth to do cleanups.

There is a glass dome at the school with Groenspore, a team of environmentally conscious learners, who

assist during glass drives. Tops and tags are collected and in collaboration with the Sweethearts Foundation and

wheelchairs are provided to less fortunate learners with disabilities through this initiative. The environmental

activities of Kabega Primary School have grown to involve all the learners, parents, old-age homes, residents,

businesses and churches in the surrounding community. The school has also obtained a WESSA International

Flag and was awarded a Platinum 2 award in 2020. In 2020 one of Kabega’s learners also won a Pick n Pay Heroes

Award for Environmental Awareness. Kabega Primary promotes environmental conservation through its actions.

SEED

SEED has a 20-year track record that started with pioneering Outdoor Classrooms in Cape Flats primary

schools and grew into comprehensive schools programs that went national between 2009-12.

The Seeding Futures Youth Resilience Program has grown out of direct requests from beneficiaries of

the schools programs, focusses on school leavers – building resilience skills and connecting them to work

opportunities in the green economy.

The program is a piloted and proven 15-week accredited skills training and shows the following impacts per 100 graduates:

● 100 testify to growth in hope, agency, resilience

● 64 employed

● 16 new micro enterprises

● 89 households achieve long-term resilience

● 16 000 hours spent boosting local green economy

● 390 additional friends and family households grow resilience

● 17 400 educated in resilience (ripple effect)

● SEED’s Theory of Change focuses on change at an individual level. SEED

believes that capacitated and committed individuals change the world.

The program blends personal development support with technical permaculture training and low-cost resilience techniques.

It equips individuals with hard and soft skills that promote greater levels of self-knowledge and behaviour change. This

results in higher levels of personal resilience, wellbeing and creates a foundation that makes students generally more

employable, entrepreneurial and economically resilient.

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Eco-angel

Award

Proudly sponsored by

MICHELLE HENLEY: ELEPHANTS ALIVE

Michelle Henley’s quest is delivering innovative research solutions, which acknowledge elephants and people

and their shared world as an integral part of the ecosystem they occupy. Too often, the socio-economic value

of conservation does not get the attention it deserves to ensure long-term sustainability. Therefore, a number of

projects she has coined as Ubuntu around Elephants represent the culmination of many years of dedicated and systematic work

that highlight the value of elephants, bees, plants (both trees and crops) and people. To ensure conservation success, and the

long-term preservation of free-ranging elephants, Michelle believes it is critical to empower, inform and involve local impoverished

communities. Michelle and her team run various programs with local communities, including:

1) The Ndlopfu Gogos (Elephant Grandmothers)

Elephants Alive creates experiences where community Gogos are introduced to elephants to enrich their stories and remind future

generations that once human-elephant-coexistence was standard.

2) Partnering with the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit (all-female Anti-Poaching Unit)

This partnership protects wildlife while empowering women to keep bees and adopt permaculture practices resulting in many

benefits for communities as well creating soft boundaries for elephants (bees and unpalatable crops).

3) Collaborating with Wild Shots Outreach

Wild Shots Outreach photography courses are run with key communities where there is potential human-elephant conflict.

Programs include local students who create content for local schools, document elephant collaring and photograph the Ndlopfu

Gogos for community exhibitions.

SARAH ROBYN FARRELL : TRANSPARENCI

Sarah Robyn Farrell is an environmental communicator, musician, writer, entrepreneur and activist, with her

work promoting one central theme: the pursuit for a more sustainable and just world.

Sarah started her career at Hotel Verde, one of the most sustainable hotels in the world, where she launched and

led the hotel’s own internal sustainability drive and training programme. In 2016 at 25, Sarah started her own agency,

transparenCI where her work aims to bridge the gap between intention, impact and communications - assisting companies with

transparent communications and sustainability strategy. transparenCI has been associated with projects including, the launch

of Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery, the first SA manufacturer in the fashion industry to receive a Green Star green building

certification, as well as creative waste management strategies for Virgin Active South Africa. In addition, Sarah has worked as

communications manager for Fossil Free South Africa, a campaign calling for climate justice through fossil fuel divestment. She

has been a contributing writer for the sustainable fashion and lifestyle publication Twyg Mag, been part of the editorial team for

the Sustainability Management School Switzerland, and been featured in the Global Sustainable Hospitality Yearbook in 2019 and

2020. In her spare time, Sarah has also dedicated herself to advocacy and activism on and offline with her Youtube & Facebook

series called Changemakers as well as her involvement with organising petitions and climate justice protests. The 2019 climate

justice protests received recognition from the president and led to the forming of the diverse youth-led grassroots climate justice

group, African Climate Alliance where she remains one of the group’s volunteer coordinators.

TARRYN JOHNSTON: HENNOPS

Tarryn Johnston established a non-profit organization called Hennops Revival after a long journey of healing and

equipping herself to deal with trauma. The state of the Hennops River is, ecologically speaking, in a heightened

state of trauma caused by systematic abuse through the reckless actions followed by neglect of both the public

and private sectors. Tarryn’s extensive social network and skill set has afforded her the resources to initiate and

sustain a movement to revive this beautiful river. Hennops has physically removed tons of municipal waste after flooding events,

performed riverbank stabilizations, designed and installed litter traps, performed water quality tests, created jobs, and created

general awareness and mobilisation. None of these acts of love were happening prior to Tarryn’s formation of Hennops Revival.

Tarryn is steadfastly apolitical, detached from subjectivity and conjecture, and is completely focused on her resolve to heal the

river. Tarryn states “The more we accomplish, the more energized I become and the more creative and innovative the solutions to

healing the river become. Water is life and my contribution to the healing of the Hennops River is a manifestation of my unfaltering

love for life. I am honouring my purpose with every fibre of my being.”

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th e

Eco-warrior

Award

Proudly

sponsored by

ELANA GREYLING: EARTHLIFE AFRICA

Elana Greyling is a soft-spoken but dynamic environmental defender who works with her

local communities (7 groups around Lephalale in Limpopo Province) and beyond to foster

a deeper understanding of climate change, in relation to their human and environmental

rights. A people’s person, her work promoting a just transition and eco-social justice takes her to

surrounding villages where she encourages eco-friendly lifestyles, providing tangible examples and training to

create eco-economic opportunities

On a mission to empower (mostly young) rural women, Elana leads by example, taking action against eco-rights

violations. As part of the Concerned Citizens of Lephalale (CCL) – a small group of women passionate about

environmental protection and the development of energy-focused skills in their community – she works hard

to ensure that women feel empowered to speak out against issues that negatively affect them.

In addition to all this, Elana also mobilises the women in her community to make submissions on various

proposals that affect them, from speaking out at public hearings regarding Eskom’s price increases to placard

demonstrations against the ongoing air pollution and eco-destruction. She has also been very vocal against

proposed new coal projects, and as a result of these actions, the proposed Thabametsi coal mine project has

been abandoned. This has been an empowering win for the rural women in the region.

LIZIWE MCDAID: GREEN CONNECTIONS

Liziwe has worked for almost three decades at the energy – poverty– community nexus, with

a focus on participative, ethical governance.

After successfully stopping the South African government’s massive secret nuclear deal with

Russia, her latest campaign is to build a broad coalition to oppose oil and gas exploration, as

well as power generation options and technologies that impact negatively on the coastal environment and

on climate change including the Karpowerships deal currently proposed by the Department of Minerals and

Energy. Liziwe has always been an activist. She was active in the struggle for the new South Africa, a teacher

and a scientific researcher in parliament, and then more recently studied her Masters in Climate Change at the

University of Cape Town. Liziwe is a role model, an avid listener and a daring talker. She is a humble leader,

champion and public servant in the full sense of the word.

Liziwe is a strategic person, who has the ability to read and understand people, politics and science. Her strength

lies in her ability to engage with all stakeholders, she is a true advocate, forming connections with all pillars of

society such as government, educational institutions, religious organisations and economic institutions.

THE JULIET CREW

Juliet Crew, the All-Women Wildland Firefighting Project is the brainchild of Dean Ferreira, MD

of NCC Environmental Services. Currently women are not adequately represented in this sector

globally with many people still believing that firefighting is not a suitable occupation for women.

NCC is attempting to address this in the Western Cape while simultaneously providing life changing

opportunities to vulnerable youth. Ferreira says: “Over time they will stand shoulder to shoulder – not male or

female, just firefighters.”

Most of the crew comes from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, many of them are the breadwinners

for their families. Establishing a crew of this nature presented an array of unique challenges, especially as this

industry is predominantly geared for men (i.e. when it comes to standby quarters, clothing design and sizes).

Despite this, the crew have had two very successful fire seasons.

They have received several calls during this fire season, including the most recent devastating fire on Table

Mountain. The ultimate goal for the crew is not to continue being the only all-female crew indefinitely, but

rather to show that women have a place at the fire. That goal will only be reached when they are no longer

labelled as women-firefighters but just be known as firefighters.

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CORMAC CULLINAN

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Cormac Cullinan, is a worldwide respected writer, activist, mentor and director of the oldest specialist

environmental law firm in South Africa, Cullinan and Associates. Cormac has managed the firm in a

leadership position for its entire existence and has trained and motivated numerous environmental attorneys

who have gone on to contribute to the sector in their own unique ways, from working in government, in the private sector and

for environmental and social justice NGOs. Cormac has had various clients, private, government and non-profit (both local

and international) whom he advised and provided legal assistance to which directly and indirectly motivated and introduced

policy, strategy and cultures which have strengthened relationships between the environment and human beings.

Cormac also created SpotOn Management Systems which allows corporate clients to ensure their compliance with health and

safety and environmental law fostering safe working environments for human beings as well as compliance with regulations

and laws which safeguard the interests of the environment. As a Director of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

(advancement of eco-centric governance worldwide), Cormac works on a pro bono basis with other world leaders in this field

and gives generously of his time in promoting the recognition and the advancement of the Rights of Nature, on a global level.

Cormac has also established the Wild Law Institute which is concerned with promoting eco-centric laws and policies.

LISA REYNOLDS: GBCSA

Lisa Reynolds took up the position as CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) in June 2020

and in a short time she has transformed the organisation. Through her own example she has transformed

and revived the organisation, creating team commitment, an enjoyable work environment and purpose driven

focus. Lisa has looked ahead and seen not only where she wants the organisation to be in the future, but what the built

environment in South Africa needs to look like going forward in order to meet our planetary obligations. She is making sure

that the GBCSA as an organisation knows the role we need to play to help the property and construction sectors get there.

Lisa has a true spirit of collaboration and with her wealth of experience in the public sector, writing standards and training

as well as her experience from days in the corporate world, she is bringing everyone on board to strive toward this goal of a

better, greener built environment.

Lisa is pushing top companies, with big impacts in South Africa, to be more responsible about the structures they create.

For Lisa, sustainability and success are the only options.

MATTHEW COCKS: WESSA

Matthew Cocks, the General Manager for WESSA Education Centres, introduced the WESSA e-STEAM

curriculum framework to WESSA in 2018. Since then, the teaching method has been adapted, improved,

and grown to now become the core teaching and learning practice for WESSA’s 5 education centres across the

country.The WESSA e-STEAM method uses engineering design, creative thinking, and spiral learning to inspire participants

to think “outside the box” when exploring and developing solutions to local environmental issues. By incorporating the

Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics into the ideation process, the solutions that participants

develop are holistic, locally relevant, and generally successful in their implementation.

It is because of Matthew’s vision, and his knowledge of programme and curriculum development, that WESSA e-STEAM is

now recognised by our partners, school leadership, and subject advisors as an exciting way to teach and learn, with positive

outcomes for the environment. The South African education system is undergoing exciting changes with STEAM and STEM

being introduced into parts of our school curriculum. WESSA’s e-STEAM method of learning is able to support our stakeholders

who are at the coal-face of both climate change and biodiversity loss at local community level. Matthew’s innovation hopes

to inspire youth to design and implement locally relevant solutions that create real and meaningful improvements to

environmental issues.

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YOLAN FRIEDMANN

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Yolan Friedmann is an award-winning leader in the

conservation sector, currently the Chief Executive Officer

for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT www.ewt.org.za),

one of the largest conservation NGOs in southern Africa.

Born in Gauteng, Yolan’s extensive and

diverse skill set and qualifications include

Veterinary Nursing (Onderstepoort Veterinary

Faculty, University of Pretoria), a BA in English

and Communications (UNISA), an MSc in

Environmental Studies (WITS), and an MDP

(Programme for Management Development)

from the Gordon Institute for Business Science

(University of Pretoria). She began her career

as a lecturer in Animal Health and Veterinary

Technology at the Tompi Seleka Agricultural

College, deployed by the South African

Government to Lebowa, where she also ran a

community service veterinary clinic. She has

worked for the EWT since 1995 in positions

ranging from volunteer to veterinary assistant

to programme manager, Conservation

Manager, and was promoted to the CEO

position in 2007 as the first female and the

youngest CEO at the time.

Yolan is a member of the Golden Key

International Honour Society and is a

Certified Director by the Institute of Directors

of southern Africa. Yolan was the first

female recipient of the SAB Nick Steele

Environmentalist of the Year award in 2011,

the winner of the CEO Most Influential Woman

in Business and Environment award in 2012 in

the Environmental category, and the recipient

of the 2012 Green Globe award. Yolan was a

finalist in the 2015 South African of the Year

Award in the Conservationist of the Year

category.

Closely involved in many levels of conservation

leadership and development, Yolan has served

two terms as the chair of the International

Union for

Conservation

of Nature (IUCN)

South African National

Member’s Committee and the

Regional Advisory Committee of the IUCN’s

Regional Office for Southern Africa.

She was the first South African to serve as

a Regional Councillor on the Council of the

IUCN and co-chaired the IUCN’s Constituency

Committee for a term of four years. She is an

Advisory Board member of the Ford Wildlife

Foundation, was a Board member of Indalo

Yethu, the South African Environmental

Campaign, served two terms as a nonexecutive

director and member of the Board of

the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA),

and served on the IoDSA Sustainability Forum

and its Social and Ethics Committee. Yolan

was a member of the South African Advisory

Committee of the United Nations Global

Compact and served on the Committee of

Inquiry tasked with investigating the possibility

of trade in rhino horn, reporting to the Minister

of Environmental Affairs. Yolan was a founding

director of the Tourism Conservation Fund

and, in October 2021, was appointed as a

non-executive Board member of South African

National Parks (SANParks).

Just some of Yolan’s career highlights include

establishing a regional network of the

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (of

the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission) in

southern Africa and producing the Red Data

Book of the Mammals of South Africa (2004).

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A key focus of Yolan’s career has been

leadership development and strategy

facilitation, and she has participated in

programmes such as the Gordon Institute

for Business Science Nexus Development

Programme (2006), the Leadership for

Conservation in Africa council, the African

Leadership Seminar, and is a Fellow of the

Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship (2007).

Yolan was invited to participate in the Crans

Montana Forum in 2015 and was selected as a

GreenMatter Senior Fellow in 2014.

Yolan was a co-author of the biodiversity

chapter in the climate change book Bending

the Curve and in another publication called

Biodiversity Monitoring & Conservation:

Bridging the gap between global commitment

and local action published by the Zoological

Society of London in 2011. She was also

featured in the book “The best advice I ever

got” by Siya Mapoko and appeared in Woman

and Home magazine as one of a group of

“Powerful and Inspiring” women for 2012.

She was featured in the Financial Mail’s “Rain

Makers and Pot Stirrers – 100 of South Africa’s

most influential players in the mining sector” in

May 2013, among many other popular media

publications.

Yolan has dedicated her professional

life to conservation and advocating for

environmental justice, good governance, and

leadership development in the sector. During

her tenure at the helm of the EWT, she has

led the development and implementation of

an ambitious strategy that has seen the EWT

more than double its staff size, annual budget,

and footprint.

“Yolan’s endless energy and ambition have

guided, enabled, and leveraged conservation

efforts across the country and the African

continent. Her leadership and guidance

have seen the Endangered Wildlife Trust

grow, in the space of just ten years, from an

organization of a few dozen staff to over a

hundred dedicated and committed people

working to conserve our biodiversity and

natural heritage.”

Yolan and her team have developed impactful

and meaningful partnerships in multiple

sectors across the globe; secured critical

habitats through land purchase and protected

area expansion; driven the use of innovative

tools like drone technology and detection dogs

for conservation; supported the development

of future leaders through mentorship,

internships, and capacity development

programmes; engaged business meaningfully

in biodiversity conservation; and implemented

a suite of projects that are literally discovering

new species and changing the future of those

in peril. Yolan likes to lead from the back and

cites working with the EWT’s extraordinary

staff as the greatest privilege of her career.

“I have always maintained that

everyone at the EWT has the

opportunity to lead – using their

creativity, determination, innovation,

and courage to get things done and

make a difference. The EWT leadership

strives to ensure that the EWT offers

a platform for incredible people to do

incredible things, and seeing the impact

that this can have on our natural world

makes my role rewarding and my career

meaningful. I work with the best team

and have the best Board, and this award

is dedicated to them.”

When she isn’t hard at work, Yolan is an

avid and accomplished sportswoman,

having completed numerous

ultradistance running and cycling events,

including the Washie 100 miler (161

km) races, 15 Comrades Marathons,

staged Mountain Biking events, and

competed in horse riding, dog agility,

and dog jumping, having won the South

African Dog Jumping Championships and

being placed in the Gauteng Dressage

Championships.

Ian Little, Senior Conservation Manager EWT


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