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Social responsibility and BBBEE activities
Tshwabac recorded a pledge with the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP) to support their Billion Tree Campaign. The pledge was officially recognised by UNEP, and more than 450 trees were planted at the Tshwane Events Centre, all of them indigenous.
In an attempt to create awareness about the negative impact of major events have on the environment and to focus on ways in which this negative impact can be decreased to protect the environment, special focus was placed on the greening of the Show. Tshwabac and the City of Tshwane’s Waste Management Division teamed up with the Plastic Federation, ABI, Timber Plastics and Collect-A-Can to run the Pretoria Show Recycling Project for the third consecutive year.
The Project provided employment to 60 indigent people and, with their help, more than 18 tons of waste were recycled, thereby effectively reducing the carbon footprint of the Show by a substantial margin. The recycled waste included plastic, cardboard boxes, tin cans, glass, paper and animal waste. A permanent recycling and buy-back facility is currently being developed with the support of Messrs ABI.
Pop-up lawn sprinkler systems were introduced at Halls D and E and at the office block. These systems’ water supply is from the borehole system - no municipal water is used for this purpose. We succeeded in generating a substantial saving (11%) on water and electricity expenses, notwithstanding the annual increase in the cost of supply from local government. This was made possible by the continued replacement of energy-friendly lighting systems, improved monitoring of electricity usage, and increased use of subterranean water supply.
A new greening project is being developed on site, which will comprise a compost factory, an earthworm farm, a nursery, and small bio-gas and bio-diesel plants.
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