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Vol. 2 No. 3
The Green Issue
In This Issue
Message from the MD
Branch news & installations
Digi ‘000’ Award
Appointments & Promotions
Babies & other news
Going Green - Recycling
Systems & DI-760 training
Head Office Singstar eve
Birthdays & cocktail recipe
Branch focus in this issue:
Message from the MD
Let me take this opportunity in wishing all staff a “Happy Spring Day” and if you are anything
like me then I’m sure you will join me in welcoming summer as winter just seemed too long this
year. With warmer weather on its way we can finally get on with what we do best - braaing,
swimming, sharing moments with friends and of course supporting our boys in “Green and
Gold” as they take on the world in the RWC2011 in New Zealand! Therefore I propose that all
staff wear the Green and Gold on Fridays and support our Bokke as they embark on
defending their title.
In this issue we have chosen the theme “Protecting Our Environment and Sustainability”. The
main reason for this is to further create the awareness that we are all a part of both the
problem and the solution with regards to the condition of our surroundings. Therefore I
encourage you to be conscious of the roll that you play in obtaining new and more efficient
ways of going about your daily business. For example Head Office has begun separating all
their trash into bins for recycling. Our company has also adopted a policy on petrol usage to
reduce carbon emissions and also our fuel bill, of course. This leads me to conclude that by
practicing a few key sustainability measures in everything we do we will not only “Save the
Planet” but also “Save Money”!
In closing I would like to encourage all staff to “dig deep” as we enter into what is the busiest
trading period of the year. By now most are familiar with the gradual build up in September
and October following by a chaotic November and then the promise of December and all
the exciting events that follow. So until then I wish you all strength and speed and as
management we promise and commit all the support and guidance that’s required to
achieve a record year.
BOKKE & DIGI…… both No.1 !!!!
Right: Paul Smart (MD), Dave Smart (RD), Jessica
Kuhn, Jacques Scholtz, and the 11 Service
managers who attended the Service Manager’s
meeting at label division on the 23rd of May 2011
A New Balance
Poultry for their KFC line.
Branch News & Installations
Paul and Morne at the AVI Africa show
Already 2/3 through the year… Phew!!
Below: New combi-unit sold to Supreme
- AW4600AT to PnP Strubenvale
Fruit & Veg City Vredenburg, 9 x DS782’s and 8 x SM100’s, opening 11 August
More than 125 scales to be installed during August at 15 sites
NRCS annual audits
At the time of print only three labs have been assessed, being Randburg, Polokwane and
Pretoria. Randburg ended with one minor finding, and Polokwane and Pretoria with none.
Well done to all involved! The new NRCS motto is clear: Aim for zero!
For upcoming audit dates, see the calendar on the page 8 of this newsletter.
Below: Our very own recycling area at Head Office. At
this stage bins fill up just about weekly… sad to think
that all that waste just used to help spur pollution
along. Now we’re as green as can be!
Digi ‘000’ award
Customer No.1 =
Left: Don and his ‘000’ team. Well done guys!
Below: Donovan, CT North, looking mighty
proud with his ‘000’ award!
New Appointments & promotions
We wish to extend a warm welcome to new members of the Teraoka family, and
also congratulate the following staff on their promotions and qualifications:
- New appie at Bloemfontein branch - Jafta Kutoane
- New service manager for Bloemfontein - Anton Gerber
- Phindile Phiri, temp at Johannesburg South
- Piet Nekhumbe at label division
- Ruan Venter, promoted to Spar Account Sales Executive.
- Bongi has been promoted to Stores Admin Clerk
- Phakama Varrie appointed at head office
Houston and Heleen Goddard, JHB-South, are now proud
parents. Baby Ashley was born on the 5th of August!
The Pinder family were blessed with another bundle of joy.
Little Isabel was born on the 30th of July!
We also hereby wish to congratulate all appies that recently passed their VO
exams – WELL DONE!!!
Above: Ashley Goddard,
born on 5 August @ 2.93kg
Right: During his free time,
Above: Elizabeth Pretorius, new telesales at
Mzamo works on his dream
P.E., seen here with notorious photobombers
Uritiah Myburgh and HP Printer.
Other interesting news
Above: Isabel Pinder,
born at 00h45 on 30 July
to become a Transformer
Above: Our visitor from Japan, Shohei,
trying out some local bunny chow ‘n all
Left: Can it be? Durban actually had their
full compliment of 20kg masspieces for a
change. Miracles do still happen!
Right: Kalahari Harry managed to track
down a date for the ball
Below: Aliphons Meya, an ETI operator at
label division, recently completed his 3rd
Comrades marathon, and his first up-run
from Durban to Pietermartizburg. He
managed a time of 10 hours, 44 minutes.
Below: Congratulations to Ivian, aka
Philemon, on obtaining his forklift license.
It is still not clear what amount was settled
on for the bribe.
Below: Vossie and his hero, Schalk Burger
Going green – recycling facts, ideas, & info resources
The resources we use and greenhouse gases we emit through our lifestyle choices are currently exceeding the life support systems of our Earth. Today we have a
choice: either we keep living in the same old ways and give up, while our planet continues to degrade, or we can take up the challenge, explore the true impact of
our lifestyles, and seek to radically change the way we live.
Project 90 by 2030 has a vision - to see South Africans from all sectors of society doing their bit to preserve the environment, committed to changing the way they
live by 90% by 2030.
They recently launched their brand new selection of Toolkits for cutting carbon which will prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to learn about
Climate Change and how to proceed with carbon footprint reduction.
Some interesting Footprint facts:
Each of the following activities adds 1kg of carbon dioxide to your personal carbon footprint:
Driving a distance of 6km
Flying a distance of 2.2km
Operating a computer for 32 hours
Producing 5 plastic bags
Producing 2 plastic bottles
Producing 1/3 of a cheeseburger (each burger emits 3.1 kg of carbon dioxide)
Calculate your personal footprint:
Footprint network www.use-less-stuff.com - a free web-based tool to analyse gas emissions
Up to 60% of rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled. It costs at least three times more to dump rubbish in landfills that it cost to re-use and recycle.
On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish. As much as 50% of waste in the average
dustbin could be composted. Every person in SA produces between a ½ kg and 2 kg of waste daily, which equates to two bins of urban waste per week
Recycling your household waste can reduce the amount of waste that your family is sending to landfills by up to 70%
On paper, cans, glass, plastic, & used oil:
Cans are 100 percent recyclable. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours
An aluminium can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.
Cans are melted down to make new steel, so recycling reduces the need to mine new iron ore and saves on the energy used to mine and process it.
Glass is 100% recyclable but it does not biodegrade. A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose, and even longer if it's in the landfill
The raw materials for glass (sand, soda & lime) all have to be dug from the earth and melted together at very high temperatures, thus energy is saved by recycling.
The energy saved from recycling just one bottle will power a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour. Every ton of glass recycled also saves 1,2 tons of raw materials.
It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials
Plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the ocean kill as many as a million sea creatures every year
Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees. If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees annualy
70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials
Indiscriminately dumped used oil is one of the worst pollutants to filter into our water systems and contaminate our wetlands.
Between 35% and 50% of South Africa’s wetlands have been either lost or severely degraded as a result of human encroachment & thoughtless pollution.
For every one litre of oil that is dumped into water, one million litres of water is contaminated.
For every ton of paper recycled…
3 m3 of landfill space is saved (Visualise 1,030,000 tons of paper at a landfill site) and municipalities’ transport costs are reduced (by R60-million a year)
17 trees are put to other uses. (54kg’s of recycled newspaper will save approximately 1 tree)
Trees sequester carbon. (Every tree can provide enough oxygen for 3 people to breath)
(It is noteworthy that growing trees for paper manufacture is done in a responsible way; trees are a renewable resource and in SA 80% of our plantations are FSC
certified – the highest in the world)
A substantial amount of energy is saved – one ton is sufficient to provide electricity to 512 homes for a year
There is a 1 ton reduction of coal based emissions of CO2
There is a reduction of electricity based emissions of 1.8 tons of CO2
Some useful websites:
http://www.plasticsinfo.co.za/ http://www.enviroserv.co.za/ http://www.greenofficeweek.ath.cx/
http://www.goinggreen.co.za/ http://www.simplygreen.co.za/ http://ewasa.org/
National Recycling Forum www.recycling.co.za
Used oil: www.rosefoundation.org.za / www.oilkol.co.za
Institute of Waste management www.iwmsa.co.za Plastics Federation of SA www.plasfed.co.za Mondi www.mpsa.co.za Pikitup www.pikitup.co.za
The Glass Recycling Company www.theglassrecyclingcompany.co.za Collect-a-Can www.collectacan.co.za Nampak (paper) www.nampak.co.za
Don’t be lazy and plead ignorance. Think of your future and those of future generations. Start recycling at home and at work… Ask:
Who recycles in your area? Are containers provided? How much do they pay / charge? Where are convenient collection points where I can drop my recycling off?
Even some old-age homes gather recycling to raise funds. When booking flights on-line, most airlines nowadays provide an option to offset your carbon footprint by
charging a minimal fee and contributing it in turn for green initiatives such as planting trees to cancel-out the emissions of your journey. Also remember to recycle
your E-waste (computers, printers, etcetera.) Many IT outlets, such as HiFi Corporation, accept E-waste for recycling.
Recycling areas like
these can be found at
your local shopping
centres. What could be
FLTR: Park Meadows
(mixed); Most PnP stores
Branch focus: Q & A with White River
Peter, give us some examples and explanations of Lowveld lingo and panorama-route slang that visitors should learn before visiting:
The only Lowveld lingo around here would be, FIFO, (Fit in or F Off). And no, two tone khakis are long gone.
Chantel, explain to us outsider city-folk the collective noun “Komaties van Komatipoort”, and who “Old Joe” is: The name Komati is derived from
Inkomati (Siswati), Meaning cow. So in other words its Cowgateway. Must be fun staying there.
Legend has it that there is a stash of gold on the Schoemanskloof Pass and that the location is pointed out by Old Joe, a large rock in the form of a
man, who silently stands and points the way with his large belly. Locals have tried to deceive tourists to stay at Old Joe'
s Kaia, a family guesthouse
behind the statue, by disguising Old Joe in various ways. He has been painted as a rugby supporter - which attracted hoards of green and yellow buck
supporters, as a football supporter - hoards of multi coloured, Wakka Wakka singers, as Madiba - hoards of long haired left wingers singing Freedom
songs, and even as George Bush – attracting no one.
Peter, share with us a humorous anecdote, circa 1890 when the gold rush was happening around your area: Well its said that in 1873 Alex
"Wheelbarrow" Patterson caused a stir as he arrived after a 1600 km trek from the Cape, pushing his worldly goods in his wheelbarrow, and then ate his
donkey after it had kicked him.
Chantel, is it true that there is a hereditary disorder in White River, compelling you every now and then to shout in a western hillbilly voice “There’s gold in
them there mountain’s”? It’s not just in White River. Every September the cries of "There'
s gold in them there hills" resounds across the Eastern Escarpment
of Mpumalanga as hundreds of modern day prospectors grab gum boots, colanders, sieves, trowels and anything else that their 21st century kitchens
and tool sheds yield up, and head for the historic village of Pilgrim’s Rest.
Peter, give reasons why people should NOT visit the panorama-region: There is only one reason I can think of that would stop anybody from visiting
these parts, and that is a local saying that if these mountains get a hold of you there is no going back. I am one to vouch for that.
Chantel, tell us about one of the funniest or strangest thing that you’ve come across working at
the White River branch: One day while hard at work I heard a spine chilling scream! Upon investigation I found Shane Martin frozen with fear from the sight of a little mouse that decided to jump
out of the scale he was fixing. Stuart Little passed away a long time ago but his memory lives on.
Peter, have you come across any offspring of either Alec “Wheelbarrow” Patterson, or Jock of
the Bushveld? I don’t believe that Alec Patterson had any offspring as woman weren’t very fond
of people who ate their pets! Gold was also more appealing to him than women anyway! As for
Jock, I think a puppy carrying his genes relieved himself on my tyre the other day… it ate through
my tyre like battery acid! Could only have been a descendant of the legendary Jock!
Chantel, it is rumored that the Kruger millions are hidden in the vicinity of Krugerhof, the last
residence of president Paul Kruger. Have you at all searched for the treasure, and what would
you do should you find it? Hopefuls dig and turn over the grounds surrounding Waterval Onder
and Krugerhof, the last residence of Paul Kruger, however many locals just smile under the impression that Oom Paul took it all with him to exile in Switerland and establishing the "No
questions aksed" policy of the Swiss banking system. The influx of hopeful diggers is good for
business though, and the Wayside Inn gets its gardens turned over, at no charge, in preparation
for spring! The true secret of the Transvaal Gold, however, is that it is kept by the villagers in the
sleepy hamlet of Kaapsehoop, once a thriving gold-ming town itself.
Systems & DI-760 training, 13 & 14 June
Above: When in Rome… Remember to pack your
Lowveld attire (khakis) and passport
Complete and return this puzzle to gain entry
into the draw for a R500 Mimmos voucher!
1. _____ is what you are capable of doing
4. Another recyclable product
6. What can be done to your carbon footprint on most airline
9. Branch focus
10. Kalahari Harry'
2. What did Shohei attempt to eat during his visit?
3. One non-biodegradable product that can be 100% recycled
5. Bar where the Mojito became famous
7. What can you do to live more '
8. 1kg of carbon dioxide = production of so many plastic bags
Winners of the previous crossword puzzle
Right: Neil from stores collapsed after having some sort of
attack recently. We felt sorry for him and gave him a beer. Neil
is now much better and doing fine. * Please do not fake attacks
to get beer. Neil’s condition was confirmed by a paramedic,
and was not related to alcoholism. Well, not predominantly.
Below and below right:
Whoever can tell us the name of
this blonde bombshell, will win a prize.
Andre van Jaarsveld and Henri
Engelbrecht. They promised to share
should one of them win… how cute.
Well done guys!
Head Office Singstar Evening
Next upcoming event…
Minute To Win It!
Birthdays & upcoming events
Upcoming annual NRCS audits
1 Zephania Nomatshaka
7 Andries Boshoff
7 Marcel Davies
9 Bevan Van Rooyen
15 Thabiso Moimane
19 Philip Kloppers
19 Owen Manana
20 Patrick Tofo
22 Desmond Jackson
22 Craig Wilken
24 Henry Peter Annandale
24 Themba Maxhinyana
25 Danielle Padley
27 Sibongile Maria Nkutha
27 Rouan Smit
28 Nithesh Singh
29 Henri Engelbrecht
31 Gerhard Boshoff
31 Pierre La Grange
5 Benny Phahladira
6 Elijah Nkutha
7 Daniel Thala
8 Ivain Tshwaro
9 Thabo Radebe
9 Aubrey Shokane
10 Lenkoane Moahlodi
13 Antony Mojela
15 George Gbedze
16 Liam Verwey
18 Adele Laubscher
20 Morne Booysen
28 Mohammed Laher
29 Philip Beukes
29 Michael Stent
30 Vijay Singh
1 Mthokozisi Sishi
2 Patricia Velapi
3 Boipelo Ntsimane
6 Renier Venter
7 Jaco Nel
10 Morne Van Der Vyver
12 Nomonde Luke
14 Douglas Ford
15 Zingisile Mpetshewi
20 Stanley Dubasi
21 Winston Balada
21 Jessica Kuhn
23 David Smart
24 Peter Senekal
27 Sheldon Jousten
30 Ramokone Rabohlale
31 Conrad Battiss
3 Andre van Jaarsveld
5 Eugene Fuhri
7 Hillary Adkins
8 Edward Hamilton
9 Ndaba Masangane
11 Wendy Knight
15 Daniel Habib
16 Mogapi Mogagabe
20 Pieter Du Plooy
22 Marcello Bennett
23 Boitumelo Moahlodi
26 Renette Taylor
26 Heather Van Zyl
28 Houston Goddard
28 Sajiv Pertab
30 Kevin Ryzenberg
Green Springtime drink – the Mojito
Originally from Havana, Cuba, this drink conjures up images of smoky bars, sultry Hispanic
women and the pungent, heady smell of cigars. The earliest Mojito recipes date back to the
30s, when iconic bars proved popular haunts with everyone from poets to revolutionaries.
Perhaps the greatest joint of them all was La Bodequita del Medio, a general store that was
converted into a bar-come-restaurant in the '
40s, and it is here that the Mojito is said to have
really caught on. Author Ernest Hemingway was a regular habitué, as were Bridget Bardot
and Nat King Cole. Today La Bodequita remains a popular tourist attraction, displaying the
words "mi majito en la Bodequita" (my mojita at the Bodequita) written on a wall, in Hemingway'
s own hand.
The Mojito is as trendy as ever, interpreted in many different ways, but traditionally it is made using five
simple ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and fresh mint leaves. The fresh flavors of citrus
& mint, the kick of rum, and generous amounts of crushed ice make it a wonderfully refreshing summer
tipple, the downside being that this perfect splicing of sharp and sweet flavors will undoubtedly entice
the drinker to indulge in yet another.
There are several theories regarding the origin of the name Mojito. One is simply that it comes from the
word mojo which refers to the use of limes as a flavorant. However, African slaves working in the Cuban
cane fields may also have played a part: their word mojo aptly means "to put a little spell on"!
Most Mojitos are prepared using an initial procedure known as "muddling" whereby mint leaves, lime juice
and sugar are mixed together. Don'
t worry if you don'
t own a muddler (an implement resembling a
pestle, usually made from wood) as you can use the back of a wooden spoon just as successfully. The
process requires the mint leaves to be lightly bruised or crushed to release their unique scent and flavor.
Many bars and hotels add Agnostura Bitters to their Mojita mix in order to cut through the sweetness of
the drink and to enhance its sharpness, though the true Cuban Mojito does not contain Bitters.
Cuban traditionalists seem to prefer a stronger and heavier version, and will favor using a dark rum and
brown sugar instead of their white counterparts.
The following is an easy basic recipe that will please most aficionados. The quantities make one drink
only, as it is best to prepare each Mojito individually.
4 to 6 mint leaves
The juice of 1 lime
1 to 3 t sugar, depending on your taste (castor or icing sugar)
Approximately 60ml premium white rum
Place the mint leaves in a highball glass, add the lime juice
and the sugar, and muddle gently. Add the crushed ice,
stir in the rum and top with soda water to taste.
Stir well, and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and/or slices of lime.
We hope you enjoyed this edition, and that
it has inspired you to live a greener and
more sustainable lifestyle.
Remember to start saving for those
Christmas shopping sprees!
Please remember to document all
interesting happenings at your branch so
that we can add it to the following edition.
Happy Spring to all
Ability is what you'
re capable of
doing. Motivation determines
what you do. Attitude determines
how well you do it. ~ Lou Holtz ~
Teraoka Head Office,
Unit 4, City Deep Industrial Park,
Fortune Street, Johannesburg
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