Arbor Day was initially promoted by Mr J Sterling Morton in 1872 with the slogan "other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future". We're big fans of Arbor Day and here are some stories from the field.
Many projects which NCC manage generate a fair amount of reuseable waste, which is often encouraged to be redistributed to the community to benefit the surrounding areas. Caspa Neluheni, working on a project in Limpopo, shares his story of redistribution to a local school.
In February 2015, our resident career guidance guru, Phindi Mthembu attended another career guidance day close to her site in KwaZulu-Natal, sharing her knowledge on environmental management and developing a career in this every changing and exciting industry.
NCC Environmental Services has long been involved in the execution of linear projects from pipelines to power lines. Our main role on the project is to advise on project compliance and monitor said compliance in line with the project documentation and legislation.
As is the nature of a lot of the projects within the Construction Environmental Management Unit, some present exciting opportunities to incorporate research into the day to day lives of the Environmental Manager on site. On a site up the West Coast of South Africa, the potential for analysing the effectiveness of ‘whirley bird repellers’ was realised, and researcher (and Environmental Control Officer) Nandi Gumede reported back on the results.
Well actually, Government is getting tough on landowners who have invasive species on their property and individuals and businesses who deal in listed species.
On the 5th December 2014, Nandi Gumede, Environmental Manager and GreenMatter fellow, was asked to be a part of an environmental education day at Betty's Bay in the Western Cape, with the intention to give back and inspire the youth to consider careers in Biodiversity.
NCC has been appointed by CapeNature to implement Phase One of the 'Investment Business Case of the Income Generation potential of Protected Areas in the Western Cape' project. This project, which forms part of the Western Cape Government's Green Economy initiative, aims to identify the most significant income generation opportunities for CapeNature and develop a business plan and investment case that will enable the launch of one or two of the identified initiatives in Phase Three of the project.
Over the past few years, the ‘Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice’ organised by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has become the leading gathering of conservation scientists and practitioners in South Africa. NCC’s Conservation Business Unit attended for the second year running to be part of the conversation exploring the practice, science and value of nature conservation.