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Celetia Reinders: World Penguin Day 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

World Penguin Day is celebrated on April 25, 2015. To celebrate and share the love for these adorable animals, we decided to create some awareness and fun within the grade 4 Baillie Park classroom.

“It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.” – Joe Moore

The annual northward migration of penguins is on or around April 25th. We learnt some fascinating facts such as the size and weight of the smallest and biggest penguins, where penguins live and what they eat.

Each learner had the opportunity to colour in a picture of their own huggable little friend. The children had a lot of fun decorating and naming their penguins. The pictures were printed on the back of used paper. This is also to keep our Pledge made on Arbor Day as sincere and legitamate as possible.

“I drew mine a bow tie! His name is Charles.” -Hugo.

It was a pleasure working with such optimistic and hopeful young people.

Three At-Risk Animal Species in Africa

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Endangered Species

Samsung brings Solar Powered Health Centre to Cosmos City, launches new ‘Mother and Child’ unit

Friday, October 18th, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, 17 October 2013 – Yesterday, Samsung Electronics Africa has stationed two of its Solar Powered Health Centres next to Oasis Itsoseng Community Clinic in Cosmo City, providing members of the community with a variety of eye, ear, blood, dental, and pre- and post-natal screenings and treatments. Medical doctors from the University of Limpopo’s Medunsa campus were on site to examine and treat patients, while Samsung employees assisted with logistics and collecting statistical data as part of their annual ‘Employee Volunteer Program’.

The two mobile units are designed for use in rural and underserviced areas, and are intended to eliminate the economic and geographic barriers that prevent people from across Africa from obtaining quality medical treatment. Samsung has set itself a goal to reach one million people through its Solar Powered Health Centres by 2015 – as part of its broader CSR goal to positively impact the lives of five million people in Africa by 2015.

“Today, we are seeing an innovation we’ve worked hard on developing come to life, and it is very exciting”, says Kea’ Modimoeng, Public Affairs and Common Shared Value Manager at Samsung Electronics Africa. “Good health is at the center of one’s wellbeing, and impacts society at a fundamental level. It effects a child’s ability to learn at full potential, and an adult’s ability to provide for their family. This is why we have complemented our strong focus on education with a focus on quality healthcare”.

The Solar Powered Health Centre model was launched in March this year at Samsung Africa Forum, but the outreach in Cosmos City today marks the first time it has been made accessible to the public. It also marks the launch of the ‘Mother and Child’ edition of the unit, which is specifically designed to provide medical services to mothers and their babies.
According to the World Bank, more than 60% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas. These people often lack the time and resources to reach clinics for proactive medical care, and particularly if they are ill and unable to make long journeys.

Clinics across the continent are also often unable to effectively service communities due to a lack of resources, coupled with high demand. “I need to come to the local clinic once a month as I suffer from high blood pressure. I get here at 06:30am and am usually only seen by the doctor by 12:30 or 1pm”, says Virginia Manyanye, a 49 year old resident of Cosmo City. “The walk to the clinic is a long one, and often I am turned away because the clinic does not have the right medicine in stock”.

Mounted on a truck and manned by qualified medical professionals, the Solar Powered Health Centres are able to move from one area to the next providing a range of medical services to the public. A large focus will be placed on screening people to establish common afflictions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tooth decay and cataracts. The centres will also focus on educating communities about health issues and encouraging people to take tests as preventative measure.

“The challenge regarding healthcare in South Africa is not only access to a physical clinic, but also access to alternative treatments” says Dr Pagollang Motloba, a Dentist from Medunsa. “For example, most local clinics are only able to perform extractions when it comes to dental care. No crown or bridge work can be done due to a lack of equipment. This is why we are happy to partner with organisations like Samsung on solutions that open up alternatives and quality medical treatment to people on a sustainable basis”.
Samsung has shifted from focusing on ‘corporate social responsibility’, which is underlined by corporate accountability towards a new approach driven by the desire to create ‘Common Shared Value’, and underlined by both profit maximization and improving people’s lives. This means that all of its education, health and community development programs will serve a dual purpose: supporting the company’s business goals through the development of a skilled, healthy workforce and consumer base, while at the same time improving the lives of people in Africa.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

Katryn Barwise – Frogs Crossing Sign put up during my clean-up 11 Aug’13

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

My Frogs Crossing Sign board initiative has become a reality. It has been put up today on 11 Aug’13 during my clean-up at this stream where the African Bull Frog is still seen in Soekmekaar (Morebeng). As these frogs are endangered and mostly threatened by cars in this area I arranged to have a sign board set up to alert motorists to drive slow and look out for these creatures.

I hope that this will help to save our bull frogs in this area. Thank you to Vixtrix signs for sponsoring the sign board and helping me with all the rules and regulations to get it approved. They do all Tzaneen’s road signs and that is why I approached them to sponsor me this signboard. Now everyone using this busy road from Makhado coming towards Tzaneen will see this sign and the Miss Earth SA logo, this will also help to promote our brand and cause every day!

Julia Gramkow: Visit to Re – SA

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

My visit to RE – SA was incredible to say the least, I arrived on Thursday afternoon to be greeted by the RE – SA staff that took me a tour around their recycling station. This was very interesting as they showed me the process of recycling all materials, from plastic to Vaseline that hasn’t been approved by shops that is then recycled to produce wax. I was very interested to see how they focus on reusing and reducing before they decide on recycling. Plastic containers from various companies that have not been accepted are washed and reused for other products. Cardboard boxes that have been thrown away are also compressed and stacked to reuse without wasting the energy to recycle. Old products that have expired and were previously dropped off at landfills are taken on by RE – SA to be cleaned and recycled.

The tour was so educational and enriching. I love learning new things about our environment so today was without a doubt a highlight for me. I am so grateful to the RE – SA staff that took the time to educate me on their great initiatives as if it weren’t for them, I would not know as much as I do now about the reducing, reusing and recycling process.

I then spoke to the CEO and marketing department, who were very interested in learning more about Miss Earth SA. I explained to them our excellent green initiatives and the incredible journey I have been on so far. It was incredible networking with such a green company, that are so eager to be apart of Miss Earth.

What a lovely day spent with such an incredible company that taught me so much throughout the day. It really is such an amazing feeling to be apart of the Miss Earth South Africa Team.




Nicole Laxton – MESA Mandela Day Project at Solwazi

Friday, July 26th, 2013

This picture was published in the Bedfordview and Edenvale News on the 24 July 2013.

Carmen Loureiro: National semifinalist week Day 2

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Waste Plan Recyclable Material Recovery Facility

We visited Cape Town’s Recyclable Material Recovery facility, where we were briefed on the purpose of this facility and the progress and production of waste products which are brought to the facility.The operation of this facility is incredible.

The  project has been funding the development of a pilot project in Cape Town, South Africa since February 2008, supporting the start-up of a low tech/highly labour intensive material dismantling and recovery facility (MRF) for the pre-processing of e-waste.The project also seeks to incorporate the current informal e-waste processing activities, by transforming them into sustainable and environmentally sound operations. The MRF acts as a nucleus, raising awareness, and providing training and education to previously disadvantaged individuals as a means of creating opportunities for entrepreneurship in the technical maintenance, dismantling and waste-to-art project sectors.

Thank you MRF and green wishes !





Carmen Loureiro : SANCCOB Day 5

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Clean waters- happy penguins

Beautiful clean penguins

SANCCOB  (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds)  is an internationally recognized leader in oiled wildlife response, rehabilitation and chick-rearing; contributes to research which benefits seabirds; trains people to care for the birds and educates the public to appreciate this unique heritage. SANCCOB is a leading marine-orientated non-profit organization which has treated more than 90 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968. Independent research confirms that the wild African population is 19% higher directly due to SANCCOB’s efforts .We visited SANCCOB and assisted in cleaning out the pool, scrubbing it down and filling it with fresh clean water. SANCCOB clean out these areas each day to reduce disease. The environment is as important to each and every animal as it is to human beings. So proud of SANCCOB and their achievements .

Green kisses

Carmen Loureiro: 95 trees for Madiba<3

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Come together. Be the change.

The Lions support US

Solwazi Primary School

Miss Earth South Africa Semifinalists and team headed to Solwazi Primary school in Orange Farm to plant 95 trees for the father of our nation, Mr Nelson Mandela. Companies and organisations such as Garnier, Farmers Market, Reliance Organic Compost and many more came together on this very special day to lend a helping hand. Many hands make light work, and within a few hours this ‘Forgotten Township” had 95 trees. There is nothing more satisfying then helping an individual/community who are in dire need. Solwazi residents welcomed us with open arms and singing hearts. Lions representatives joined us and together we planted the 95th tree.

Green Wishes && Warm hearts



Nelson Mandela: Before Prisoner, Beyond President

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Nelson Mandela: Before Prisoner, Beyond President