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September 4, 2019
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September 4, 2019

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ECOBRICKS HAVE FOUND A HOME AT STIRLING PRIMARY SCHOOL! (Bottles 2 Bricks Project) Provided by: Wesley Renton (Stirling)

The Bottles2Bricks initiative has grown in leaps and bounds over these past few months and the changes that we have seen in some of the pupils and families at Stirling have truly been amazing. From children “convincing” their family members at home to make ecobricks, to grannies and grandpas making and donating on behalf of their grandchildren, it seems as if many have caught the ‘recycling’ bug.
The year started off with the simple idea of “tidying up the school”. From this, we have managed to create quite a buzz about ecobricks. Daniel Boucher entering and making it into the final four of the Inspiration Awards held at the Mercedes Benz plant was absolutely awe-inspiring, as he went up against non-profit organisations from around the province, all vying to be the most inspirational member of their community. With over 500 delegates, business owners and other like-minded people in attendance, Daniel gave a heartfelt speech that left many in the audience excited about the potential future of the initiative.
Another exciting event that Stirling Primary and the Bottles2Bricks initiative was invited to this year was the Big Green Expo that was held at Pine Creek. Stirling set up their own ‘stall’ at the event and displayed some of our ecobrick ottomans, and ecobrick rocking (banana) chairs, as well as a number of other smaller “upcycled” products made by our very own pupils.
This journey has led us to a number of exciting partnerships throughout the year, from donating to the Jikani organisation in Hogsback, to having Yellowwood Forest from Morgan Bay showing us how to build using cob (mud, clay and straw) and ecobricks. The banana chairs and Foop (ottoman) covers were discovered on Facebook, and have since been made in collaboration with some of the pupils at school. Our very own Bottles2Bricks video has been viewed over 41000 times and “shared” 1000 times on Facebook!


LILYFONTEIN ECO SCHOOL Provided by: Lisa van Wyk

Lilyfontein School joined the WESSA ECO-schools programme in 2006. Each year the school chooses a theme and develops an associated action project. Some of the action projects over the years have included; starting the permaculture garden, labelling indigenous trees on the school grounds, water saving projects, community outreach programmes, recycled art projects, ECO-brick collection, building with ECO-bricks and most recently establishing the recycling centre in 2017. Last year Lilyfontein achieved First Place in the CALL 2 ACTION School recycling Initiative, for managing to divert 6650kg of waste through the recycling centre over the course of the year. This award is a great testament to the invaluable service being provided to the East Coast in making recycling accessible as well as the dedication of Lilyfontein parents, learners and educators in this Go Green Initiative. Our ECO ethos and projects serve to create an environmental awareness and respect in our learners that spills over into their daily lives and shapes ECO-ambassadors for the future.Lilyfontein has become known for its annual Collaborative Art projects that revolve around the ECO ethos that runs deep in the school. Through these large-scale artworks, the learners can engage in the core ideas of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in a uniquely fun and creative way. This is our creative story:
2015 – The first major recycled art project made its debut in 2015 with the unveiling of our gigantic tryptic made up with plastic bottle tops.
2016 – This year the focus was the notorious plastic bag. Through trying to make children aware of the disastrous effect that this item has on the environment we asked the learners to bring in their used plastic bags. The plastic bags brought in were used to create plastic ‘flowers’ which adorned our life-size rhino, affectionately named ‘Walter’. Walter takes pride of place in our gardens and an art competition that was held to come up with the design of the flower arrangement raised funds for ‘Saving the Survivors’ a rhino charity dedicated to protecting our gentle giants. An important lesson has been learned in subsequent years as the learners have witnessed the plastic décor start to disintegrate and realising the danger of micro-plastics entering nature. This rhino day (22nd of September) will see Walter’s plastic replaced with air plants and succulents to signify life emerging from the waste. All the microplastic packets will be transferred to ECO-bricks.
2017 – Being a school on the beautiful East Coast, protecting our marine life and keeping our beaches clean is always front and centre in our ECO focus. The beautiful turtle ‘stained glass’ window we created this year served to both celebrate our ocean and create awareness of the plastic items we use that enter our seas and litter our beaches.
2018 – Our recycled art project for the year had a marine focus with the image of ‘Harry the Whale’ being chosen and the learners making hundreds of recycled magazine/paper beads to create the beautiful collage. This artwork is now hung on our school wall as a constant reminder of our dedication to saving our oceans.
2019 – Our project this year revolves around the idea of Re-using and making something new out of something old. Learners entered a photo competition and submitted the images that they perceived to be the ‘Essence of Lilyfontein’. The winning photo was drawn onto a large piece of wood and then old photographs that the learners have brought in are being used to create the David Hockney inspired collage celebrating our school and highlighting the idea of reusing.
Ultimately the excitement and awe that these unique art projects generate through the fusion of creativity and environmental awareness hopefully serve to inspire learners to create something new from something old, think before opting for plastic and ultimately be the change they wish to see in the world.



The long-awaited revitalisation of the Port of East London’s Latimer’s Landing quayside leisure development has taken a leap forward, with approval granted to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to proceed with demolishing the existing historic structure and to replace it with a modern fit for purpose structure. The site is world-renowned as the place where the prehistoric coelacanth fish was brought to shore, dispelling the accepted belief that it had become extinct.
East London Port Manager, Sharon Sijako, said: “Latimer’s Landing is a unique and valuable asset to our city, but one that has not been optimally utilised in recent years. With the support of our strategic stakeholders and the East London community, we are committed to changing this by redeveloping the jetty and giving the city’s existing basket of tourism and leisure attractions an exciting and extensive makeover.” Sijako acknowledged that Latimer’s Landing, as the only waterfront and leisure development of its kind in the region, should be a premier tourist attraction that operates for the benefit of the entire region.
In line with its vision of transforming its ports into ‘people’s ports’, TNPA envisages an array of exciting waterfront activities, water-based attractions, and quayside restaurants and coffee shops that will enliven and revitalise the area, drawing steady traffic into the precinct. TNPA has already commenced with updating the design of the jetty as per ECPHRA permit requirements. The final design and feasibility study are expected by October 2019. Thereafter the tender process will get underway. Once a contractor is appointed, the construction phase is expected to take 12 months. Phase 2 of the Latimer’s Landing development will focus on escalating the project into a fully-fledged waterfront that contributes positively to the growth of the city’s tourism and leisure industry. This will involve efforts to revive the prime site as a bustling leisure and entertainment hub, complete with a number of different restaurants and family-friendly water-related leisure activities. The focus will be on the quayside, adjacent areas as well as upriver on both the East and West Bank sides of the Buffalo River. A more extensive proposal detailing the implementation and management of this exciting development is currently being developed and will be made public soon.  In order for leisure craft to continue operating in front of the main restaurant area, TNPA installed a cam-dock floating jetty as an interim measure. A private charter company currently offers boat rides and whale-watching excursions from this jetty.