GreenCape November Diary of Events Highlights
  Oct 30, 2019     News

Here are a few highlights of what our teams will be attending and presenting in November. Please get in touch if any of the events are of interest to you. 

BCI Global Awards; London, 5 November 2019

The BCI Global Awards serve to showcase the value of the Business Continuity profession and to demonstrate its critical importance to organisations of any size, in any sector, globally. GreenCape’s Water team was announced as the winner of the Continuity and Resilience Provider Award at the recent BCI Africa 2019 Awards. After winning the regional award, the Water team is up for the BCI Global Award in the same category. The winner of this Award is recognised as providing an outstanding service, or product, relevant to the continuity and resilience profession. Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at BCI World Conference & Exhibition in London on 5 November. Jane Reddick (Water team) is representing GreenCape at this event.

SA Investment Conference; Sandton: 5 – 7 November 2019

Building on the success of the inaugural SA Investment Conference hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, this event will provide an opportunity to find out about the country’s abundant investment opportunities in a host of dynamic sectors, and to engage directly with the country’s business and political leaders. GreenCape’s 2019 Market Intelligence Reports and Case Studies are made available to delegates of the conference, as part of the Western Cape conference pack, in partnership with Wesgro.

Food Loss and Waste Protocol Training Event, Cape Town: 11 and 12 November 2019

Resilience event #5 (Waste): GreenCape acts as an independent coordinator for a one-and-a-half-day training session on the Food Loss and Waste Protocol on behalf of South Africa’s major retailers. The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), in collaboration with the UK based WRAP, are developing a South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement (FLWVA). Signatories of the agreement will commit to meeting Goal 12.3 of the SDGs. More specifically, reduce food loss by 50% by 2030 and a potential additional commitment to divert 100% organic waste from landfill by 2030. The launch of the agreement is noted as November 2019, but more likely to be early 2020. The first task of the signatories is to spend the first year collecting a baseline. To standardise the data collection, the FLWVA will require signatories to make use of the internationally recognised Waste Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard). The workshop for the retailers to better understand the tool and to subsequently fast track food waste data will form a resilience event. This demonstrates how the City supports initiatives that build resilience for the stress of food insecurity and the acute shock of infrastructure failure (landfill capacity). This will also help better understand food loss and waste well in advance of the Western Cape’s organic waste landfill restriction expected in 2027.

#cocreateMYCITY; Cape Town: 8, 14 & 21 November 2019

Resilience events #1 and #2 (Skills): The Netherlands Missions in South Africa is committed to support public private partnerships and to enhance the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing together knowledge institutions, government and the private sector to address real life urban challenges. GreenCape and the City of Cape Town is partnering with the #cocreateMYCITY student challenge to host the opening event and serve as mentors in the student challenge, as part of the resilience work we do with the City. Tertiary institutes from NL and SA will collaborate during a 2 week programme on building solutions to challenges identified by the City of Cape Town in the areas of water, energy, health, food security and transport.

Energy, Water & Waste Forum, Cape Town: 19 November 2019

Energy, Water & Waste Forum for 19 November, with Water as the main theme, including the next Water Star Rating certification award ceremony.

The Circular Economy Symposium, Pretoria: 19 – 20 November 2019

Project: South Africa (SA) – European Union (EU) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Relations within a Circular Economy: GreenCape is invited to speak on “How to identify Circular Economy opportunities and a synopsis of the Circular Economy Needs Assessment for SA”.

ORASA Seminar; GreenCape: 21 November 2019

GreenCape is the venue for Organics Recycling Association of South Africa educational seminar: “The current state of the Biogas sector in South Africa.”

Water Sector Business Support & Networking Event, JHB: 21 November 2019

GreenCape and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) will be hosting the GreenCape-FNF Water Sector Business Support and Networking Event on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at the GIBS Business School in Illovo, Johannesburg from 17h30- 20h00. The event is an opportunity for Business Development Services and Water and Sanitation Sector Entrepreneurs to grow and develop through stakeholder networking and engagement. This is a by invitation only event. To request an invite please e-mail or call +27 (0) 21 811 0250.

Western Cape Organic Waste Strategy Workshop: 27 November 2019

The Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) are in the process of developing an organic waste strategy. The strategy will require that all municipalities (emphasis on municipalities, not waste generators) to ensure that 50% organics is divert from landfill by 2022 and 100% by 2027. In effect municipalities will not be allowed to accept organic waste at landfills. This is a Western Cape provincial ban only. DEADP is currently drafting the strategy and will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 to further develop this strategy. GreenCape has been asked to provide assistance in drafting the strategy discussion framework and to participate in the workshop.

Resilience Strategy Launch; Cape Town: 28 November 2019

Resilience event #6: The launch of the Cape Town’s Resilience strategy will take place on 28 November 2019. GreenCape is supporting Resilient Cape Town to host this event, and we will participate in the panel discussions on the programme. The Atlantis Renewable Energy Challenge exhibition will again be on display, as part of showcasing the new Resilience Case Study series.