In light of the global crisis we are experiencing with regards to climate change, the Sustain Our Africa Summit was an important, educational, yet fun way to spend a few days at the Waterfront.
There were a number of recycled goods on display, including coffee cups made from recycled cardboard, and handbags made of tyres.
Indoor composters and Bokashi Bins. I still need to get one of these for my flat, they are an amazing alternative if you do not have a garden, or even if you do.
David Brittain, technical stewardship directory of Coca-Cola, spoke about his company’s Water Stewardship programme, and how they plan to reduce their water usage by 20%.
Dylan very much enjoyed the Bean Bag Sofas, which were filled with recycled stuffing.
These ladies told us about the Eqstra Carbon offset Project, which has positioned Eqstra as an environmental leader within the transport industry, by being carbon-neutral for the foreseeable future. This project, in association with Food and Trees for Africa has led to meaningful enterprise and social development, by creating independent businesses for 60 community members. Check out their best lift club initiative on facebook.
We both thought that it was quite strange seeing people eating fruit as they browsed the stands, until we spotted this convenient fruit display.
A green collar worker.
Our friends from Green Talent also had a stall, where they were promoting their Green Recruitment Company. Green Talent facilitates the development of a skilled workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the emerging low carbon economy in Africa. Check out their website here.
Indalo Yethu, a national environment agency, whom we worked with closely last year on the Climate Train as it traveled across the country spreading awareness, until it arrived at COP17 in Durban.
Jonathan Hanks gave an interesting talk about how integrated reporting can guide your business strategy.
One of the many inspirational pauses: “Mafrika. The loving and inspiring being from the land of minxa, on a courageous journey to find the wowders remedy stories and heal all from the Numshaq – which takes feeling from all.” A great storyteller and actress, she provided a much needed breather from all the business talk, while delivering a great message about the importance of breathing.
Food was provided by Mojo. Their great sandwiches were most welcome.
We spotted a few water tanks provided by our friends at Nel Tanks.
I found this stand particularly interesting. I was given a demonstration of how quickly these induction stoves work (64% faster than normal electric stoves). Right after I saw water boiling on the stove, the guy working the stall took my hand and put it right on the stove. I was shocked and amazed at how cold the stove plate was. It also uses 50% less electricity than a conventional stove. With rising electricity prices, I could really do with one of these!
All in all we had a great experience at the Sustain Our Africa Summit. I just wish that we had had time to cover more of the interesting talks that took place. Next year we will be sure to send a whole team of journalists, as there is so much to see and learn.