Category Archives: Environment and Nature

Levi’s CEO, Charles Bergh’s stand on Global Sustainability

Global Sustainibility

The CEO of Levi Strauss & Co.’s, Charles Bergh, admitted to not washing his jeans for more than a year! This certainly created a stir. Many people have been asking this question for years: How often does one wash an expensive pair of jeans? The CEO when talking about this was making a point concerning sustainability, do we really need to wash our clothes after we have worn them once or twice! This is certainly a culture that has developed in the western world over the years.

This CEO believes that it is important to always choose the harder right over the easier wrong. He is inspired daily to add value to a better future for everyone. We certainly need more leaders like him.

Some interesting FACTS

In 2007 an assessment was done on the life cycle of a pair of jeans. Washing, wearing, etc…The results revealed that there was a chance to conserve water. Washing a pair of jeans daily, over 2 years uses 3500 litres of water! Washing them once a week uses half that amount of water. Water being a precious resource on our earth.

In 2011, Levi introduced a production Jean that was called Water-Less. They have saved 770 million litres of water – this is more water than New Yorkers consume in a month. Still this only impacts 4% of water in their direct control, so they went to look at the second largest water consumer, the growing of Cotton. Which consumes about 48% of the water a pair of jeans will consume? The solution was the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). This project has some amazing partners and is working to promote sustainable cotton farming with less water.

Lastly, we know more than 46% of water is used in the Jeans life cycle by washing machines. Our care tag on our Jeans asks for people to wash less often and make a difference to the planet. Imagine the impact we could make if we merely washed our Jeans less regularly. Our planet would benefit and our Jeans would last longer. Amazing find!!!

Have you thought about how you can help with our sustainability issue in saving our planet?


How can you make your home more energy efficient

Household energy saving options


Hopefully you are in the habit of turning off your lights when you leave a room, setting thermostats correctly, and unplugging your coffee machine, kettle and toasters when not in use. Here are few more suggestion to reduce your energy bills and make your lifestyle a little bit more greener.

Plant trees in your yard – by planting trees and tall shrubs in your yard will have multiple positive effects on your energy bill. Trees not only provide shade and blocks direct sunlight in the summer, it also  helps to hold the warmth in the winter. In addition, trees block wind and further help to keep your home warm.

Improve lighting in the hallways – If you leave your doors open to hallways will help to improve the airflow throughout your home and, in turn, improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Stock up and fill your freezer – You might not be aware but a freezer operates more efficiently when it is full. So you have two choices, either consume the few items you have or stock up on some great deals at any bulk sales stores and reduce your power usage.

Place motion detectors on your porch – Most us are in the habit of leaving our porch lights on for family members especially in winter when it get dark earlier. Reduce the energy bill and invest in a motion detector lights on your porch which will then provide available light when needed and help to avoid wasting electricity the rest of the time.

Use cold water in your laundry and hang your clothes – When you use warm or hot water to do your laundry will consume 90% more energy as compared to washing your clothes with cold water. In addition, avoid using a dryer and hang your clothes in direct sunlight to dry. You can always place your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes after they dry.

Improve the insulation of home – Make sure that your insulation around your home is up to scratch. Seal your basements, garage and external doors, and windows to stop the cold air in winter from leaking into your house, while sealing the cool air in the summer and avoid the air conditioning system from over working.

Keep in mind that every little step you take to spot energy wasting problems in your home and avoid using excess energy will in the long run reduce your electricity bills and provide you with more disposable cash for other things in your home and lifestyle. It will not only save you money but also contribute to a greener planet for all of us.



SANparks offers R1m reward for information about poachers



The South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a cash reward of R100 000 to any person who can provide information and facts which will result in the arrest of poachers along with a further R1 million for a successful conviction of a poaching syndicate mastermind.

David Mabunda, SANParks Chief Executive Officer, also gave details about a initiative in partnership with South Africa’s Crime Line, whereby any member of the public can send anonymous SMS tip-offs on suspected crimes whenever you want , thanks to LeadSA, a Primedia and Independent Newspapers initiative.

SANParks has, furthermore, hired a retired decorated army Major General to supervise the entire anti-poaching operations in the Kruger National Park, as part of its strategies to combat rhino poaching.

The introduction of retired Major General, Johan Jooste, 60, concludes the basis of a multi-pronged strategy to fight rhino poaching. The use of an army general will assist to leverage on current capacities and strategic alliances, and at the same time give rise to all-important thinking and innovation on existing gaps and loopholes.


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SANparks has commended and praised one of it’s rangers who notified officials along with the police concerning a proposal from suspected poachers to collude with them. Instead he assisted to stage a sting operation that resulted in the successful arrest of the perpetrators.

“His honesty, commitment and diligence to the cause of protecting the rhino has not gone unnoticed, the organization will reward his good deed accordingly,” Mabunda said.

South Africa has lost an unprecedented number of rhinos of which a large proportion have been killed in the Kruger National Park. The consequence of these atrocities has led to warranted and unwarranted sanctions both internally and internationally on South Africa’s strategy and approach with respect to poaching of rhinos in the country. Hopefully, with this new approach and strategy by engaging Major General Johan Jooste will with time give rise to the essential invigoration in the fight against the decimation of the country’s natural heritage.

Major General, Johan Jooste, possesses a substantial amount of experience in military intelligence, border and area protection in addition to contemporary know-how about modern technology use and integration into capability. He also has knowledge when it comes to conservation.

Following his appointment, Major General Jooste clearly stated that he is not a Messiah, rather an established leader and a team player, and that he is going to do his very best to generate acceptable results. He added the fact that the fight against poaching is simply not about an individual and good results and success is dependent upon the collective partnership and dedication of all the individuals who have been given the job and responsibility to conserve the country’s heritage.


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He explained the battle lines have been drawn and it is now up to him along with his team to forcefully and vigoursly push back the frontiers of poaching.

The appointment of the Major General follows the deployment of a Seeker Seabird aircraft generously donated by the Ichikowits Family Foundation along with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Seeker 2 which was loaned to SANParks by arms manufacturer Denel. In addition, two military aircrafts will provide the required intelligence particularly overnight when the majority of incursions and poaching incidents occur.

“This will give added advantage to the ground troops and will hopefully act as a deterrent,” Mabunda said.


Arms manufacturer assists in the fight against rhino poaching

A memorandum of understanding has been agreed between South African National Parks (SANParks) and state-owned Denel, the largest arms manufacturer in the South Africa, whereby Denel will make use of its law enforcement technology to help in combating rhino poaching.

Currently, the most recent reported rhino death toll for the year is a shocking 549. This is 61 more rhinos killed last year. The majority of rhinos (320) have been slaughtered and poached in the Kruger National Park.

Department of Environmental Affairs have released their latest figures and reveal that over 1 600 rhino have been wiped out by poachers during the last five years. This is equal to South Africa, on average, losing one rhino every day and a half.

Riaz Saloojee, CEO of Denel is of the opinion that ” this technology will build the ability to detect and deter would-be poachers and provide early warnings to law enforcement officials deployed on the ground”.



Advanced technology for game reserves

Saloojee brought attention to the fact that Denel has, through the years, designed and produced highly sophisticated law-enforcement technology to be utilized at home and abroad. Currently, this technology is being used to fight perlemoen (abalone) poaching along South Africa’s west coast. In 2007, as a consequence of extreme poaching, perlemoen was declared an endangered species in terms of CITES regulations, however the status ended up being removed in 2010 once the illegal trade appeared to have subsided.

Denel will supply game reserves with cutting-edge surveillance and monitoring technology in combination with helping in the training of rangers to operate and interpret data from the technological devices.

Dr David Mabunda, CEO of SANParks, is positive that this initiative will assist to greatly reduce incidences of rhino poaching. “Though we admit that we have lost a few battles, and suffered a few bloody noses, we have no intention of losing this war,” he said. “We will fight until the last man or woman standing to save the nation’s heritage.”

For security reasons no details of the technology can be disclosed.



Rhinos get their own app

While Denel’s technology will with any luck, detect poachers prior to them getting to the rhino, two South Africans are, in addition making use of modern technology to raise funds and awareness of rhino poaching.

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet will now be able to download Rhino Hero, an application developed by

Social entrepreneurs Chris Masters and Alasdair Muller have developed a smartphone application Rhino Hero. Currently, it is only available on Apple devices and will eventually be available for Android.

The pair, who started their company ShortBlackMocca together, declared that 50% of the cash raised from the app’s downloads is going to be donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), a prominent conservation effort which has been at the forefront of the poaching war.


Anyone and everyone can be a rhino hero

Rhino Hero centers on and revolves around the rhino Zama (isiZulu, meaning “to make an effort”) along with his endeavours to safeguard and protect his species. As outlined by Masters, the game is built to produce awareness and drive support by providing individuals an enjoyable solution to interact with the cause, which happens to be close to the hearts of many South Africans.

Zama does not have x-ray vision or super strength, rather his strength arises from the people who support his cause. The player launches Zama into poachers’ camps, driving him to take charge and eradicate the camps, one by one, scoring points and going up a level after reaching a certain number of points.

“The beauty lies in the way the game mirrors the Save the Rhino campaign,” said Masters. “One person, or in the case of the game, one rhino, really can make a difference.”



Persecution success

To date, there have only been 222 arrests made by South African authorities when it comes to rhino poaching. A dismal figure to say the least given the number of rhinos killed annually. Recently, a Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai, was arrested and sentenced to an unprecedented 40 years in prison, which has been welcomed by the South African government .

Justice minister Jeff Radebe praised the country’s National Prosecuting Authority for their effort and work in bringing Lemtongthai to book.

“Rhino poaching and smuggling threatens the government’s efforts in preserving our environment and economic stability of the country,” said Radebe in a statement.



Visit a Productive Worm Farm and Learn about Composting and Vermiculture


Landscape Irrigation Association of SA would like to extend an invitation to everyone to visit their worm farm and what will be a very interesting afternoon.

Hear from an expert Vermicomposter and see just how Composting and Vermiculture produces the richest organic and liquid Soil Enhancer known to man !!!

Part of the Worlds ‘Life-cycle’ demonstrated here in the basics of Composting! This ‘Life-cycle’ forms the basis on which Carbon Credits, Carbon Taxes and Carbon Trading have come into our lives. Let this trigger your interest to find out more.

Presentation on Urban Greening and the Impact of New Water Regulations in South Africa


Who’s invited?
Friends of the LIA (Landscape Irrigation Association of SA) who could have an interest in re-igniting the Association so that we can meet more often, share stories, swop information, casually get explanations or solutions to any of our work related problems, chat about the ‘bread & butter’ of our lives or simply have a boerie roll and a drink!

The new committee would like to do these kind of things about 4 times a year – trying to restore and increase the membership and benefits.



Date: Thurs, 26th July 2012
Time: 14h30
Venue: Turfnet Compost Farm
Directions: William Nichol towards Hartebeespoort/Diepsloot, Past Indaba Hotel, Past Dainfern, Past Riversands Farm Stall (Home of Chicken Pie), over stream/river, on the left “Turfnet” sign – Pull in!

RSVP: Please, I know many people don’t – so if you’d like a boerie & a drink, let us know before 16th July!

Email Pauline – or sms 073 177 5822