Everyone is invited to attend FREE training on event greening, sponsored by the South Africa National Convention Bureau.
// Johannesburg – Friday, 17 January 2020 at Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton
// Cape Town – Monday, 20 January 2020 at Century City Convention Centre, 4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City
// Durban – Tuesday, 21 January 2020 at Durban ICC, Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, 43 Braam Fischer Road, Durban
These workshops will give you a comprehensive introduction to event greening. The specific focus will be on exhibitions and exhibiting, in preparation for Meetings Africa 2020 and Africa’s Travel Indaba 2020. However, the principles apply to all types of events and therefore anyone who wants to better understand sustainable event practices should attend.
12:30 – Registration opens
13:30 – Welcome
13:35 – Ice breaker
13:45 – Event Greening Case Study: Meetings Africa & Tips on How to Win a Green Stand Award
Presented by Morwesi Ramonyai from Borena Energy
14:25 – Understanding the Waste Hierarchy
Presented by Gavin Heron from Earth Probiotic (JHB & DBN)
Presented by Berenice Westmore from Postwink (CPT)
14:45 – Tea break
15:00 – EGF Green Database
Presented by Precious Nyoni from Ultimate Data Services
15:10 – Social Sustainability & Your Procurement
Presented by Nomaswazi Tinus from African Mamas Crafts
15:30 – Speaker Panel Discussion
Facilitated by MC Neo Mohlatlole, and featuring all of the day’s speakers
16:00 – Closure
16:05 – Ends
MEET THE SPEAKERS & FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR CHOSEN TOPICS
In order of appearance…
Neo Mohlatlole is the co-founder of Seven Colors Communications. The communications company implements through PR, events and exhibitions, and is responsible to managing the Stokvelex Exhibition in Limpopo, Gauteng and the North West.
Neo also serves as Vice Chairperson of the Event Greening Forum, and was one of the judges for the 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards.
NEO WILL MC THE TRAINING & FACILITATE THE PANEL DISCUSSION
Morwesi is an impact entrepreneur with 9 years’ experience in the green economy focussing on renewable energy and sustainability. She has experience in developing solar energy projects, trades carbon off-setting through trading Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), conducts eco-audits and greening, and is a certified carbon footprint analyst.
She has developed and implemented commercial and rural solar energy projects, installed solar street lights in many dark communities and informal settlements, and innovated solar based solutions for child headed homes.
She is a member of the Event greening Forum’s (EGF) management committee. In the greening sector she has become involved with greening and auditing some notable national and international events. She is also an accredited auditor for FairTrade Tourism and Travelife.
TOPIC: EVENT GREENING CASE STUDY: MEETINGS AFRICA & TIPS ON HOW TO WIN A GREEN STAND AWARD
Morwesi Ramonyai from Borena Energy has conducted numerous Meetings Africa eco-audits and calculated the event’s carbon footprint. She will share her first-hand experience of the event greening strategies implemented at the show, why they were decided on, as well as how successful they have been.
Additionally, Morwesi will talk about the Meetings Africa Green Stand Awards criteria, with insights into what is needed to be a sustainable and award-winning exhibitor.
GAVIN HERON (JHB & DBN)
Gavin co-founded Earth Probiotic with his wife Karen in 2010. Earth Probiotic’s key focus is on developing scalable solutions for the on-site composting of food waste. Earth Probiotic develops and manufactures its food waste composting solutions in South Africa.
Earth Probiotic’s solutions scale from small bokashi systems for households and office canteens up to industrial scale composters capable of processing up to 45,000kg of food waste per month.
Prior to founding Earth Probiotic, Gavin was the Group MD at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris in Johannesburg and prior to that Group CEO of TBWA\Group\China based in Shanghai.
Gavin holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Rhodes University as well as a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management (now the PDM) from the Wits Business School.
BERENICE WESTMORE (CPT)
Originally with a background in the financial sector, Berenice started Postwink Recycling Solutions in 2008. Postwink aims at improving organisations’ waste impact by providing specialised recycle bins for waste separation at source, with a strong focus on how to launch successful recycling initiatives in the commercial sector. In 2018, Postwink also launched an online store to sell its products to the consumer market.
Berenice is a founding member of the Organic Recycling Association of South Africa (ORASA), an Associate member of PETCO, and a member of the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa.
TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING THE WASTE HIERARCHY
Presented by Gavin Heron from Earth Probiotics in Jo’burg and Durban, and Berenice Westmore from Postwink in Cape Town, this session will unpack where different types of waste ultimately end up, and how sustainable these waste streams are. They will then share guidelines on how you can manage your event waste more responsibly.
Precious Nyoni is a Project Coordinator at Ultimate Data Sciences. Previously, Precious did a Business Administration Learnership with Amathuba Hub, where she studied and gained work experience as a Personal Assistant to the Project Manager. Ultimate Data Sciences designed and built the Green Database that Precious now manages.
TOPIC: EGF GREEN DATABASE
The Event Greening Forum has created a Green Database of suppliers and products for events. Precious Nyoni from Ultimate Data Services manages this online directory, and will give an introduction to how it works and how you can benefit from it. She will also touch on the value of eco-procurement, and what is being done to counter greenwashing on the database.
My background and education are in the field of Cartography/Mapping and Geo-spatial information management and analysis. I have a BSc (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Johannesburg, a Post-graduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University through the UNIGIS programme and a diploma in Cartography/Mapping. I have worked for a number of years in the property and telecommunications sectors.
In 2015, I started African Mamas Crafts (Pty) Ltd which works with a number of rural based co-operative groups in the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal & Limpopo. By working with rural women, we not only curb the challenges of rural-urban migration and urbanisation, but also improve the livelihoods of rural women. By working from home, our crafters have more time to focus on building a vibrant family and community life. African Mamas Crafts believes in the 3 pillars of sustainability and aims to build an organisation which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
On the environmental side, all our products are handmade and materials are responsibly sourced. Our jewellery and beaded crafts are manufactured from high-quality glass beads, our picnic baskets are robust and eco-friendly – handwoven using organic and natural materials which are sustainably harvested. The wire baskets are made from recycled telephone wire. All our products have been certified by Proudly South Africa and carry their logo.
TOPIC: SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY & YOUR PROCUREMENT
One aspect of sustainability which is often overlooked is the social impact events can have. Nomaswazi Titus is an entrepreneur who established Africa Mamas Crafts to work with rural-based co-operative groups run by women, to improve their livelihoods and reduce rural urban migration. She will discuss the social considerations that organisations should take into account as part of their procurement process.