Jubilee Park Primary to get a face-lift

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A FACE-LIFT is on the cards for a dilapidated primary school in Uitenhage, teachers and parents heard yesterday.

Members of Bhisho’s standing committee on education yesterday visited Jubilee Park Primary School, where they promised the woes of the school’s plank classrooms would be a thing of the past.

Standing committee chairman Mzoleli Mrara and chief whip Christian Martin highlighted government’s commitment to building new classrooms and erecting a boundary fence.

Mrara, who visited the school for the second time since October, said the situation at Jubilee was unacceptable.

Some classrooms had no electricity and there were holes in the roof, making it impossible to work.

“I have noted it’s like night time on days when it is overcast and this is unacceptable,” he said.

“There is no fence at this school, and I know it is difficult to control discipline and the school is vulnerable to thugs,” he said.

He said Jubilee Park Primary would be on the education department’s priority list.

“It is our responsibility to restore dignity to this school and I am committing myself to ensuring new classrooms are built.”

Jubilee Park Primary principal Lorna Basuman said 20 new classrooms were needed, including a science laboratory and a library.

Former principal Hamilton Peterson said pupils had suffered over the years.

“In winter water comes into the classrooms.

“The place was even named a health hazard by health department officials and the municipality,” he said.

The committee addressed the Chatty Greenfields community in Booysen Park on plans for the establishment of a mobile classroom.

Mrara said work on a plot for a mobile school would begin next week.

He said 275 children who were idling at home because of a shortage of schools in Chatty Greenfields had been registered as part of a plan to establish a mobile school in the area.

The children, predominantly from grades R to 2, will receive classes at the primary school by next quarter.

Mrara said: “Every child must go to school because we are building the future.”

He pleaded with the community to look after the mobile school and the permanent school that was to be built next year.

source: The Weekend Post

Goodyear recycles water and saves millions of litres

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IN just two months, Goodyear South Africa has managed to save 5,6 million litres of water – the amount 180 houses would use in a month – through an intensive, ongoing recycling initiative.

While water restrictions do not yet apply to industry, the tyre firm is trying to save where it can, in light of the Eastern Cape’s critical water shortage.

Utilities manager Douglas North said last week that the Uitenhage plant had adopted a three-fold approach to saving water. It recycled waste water from its boiler house, collected and reused water run-off, and ensured steam condensate from various production processes did not go to waste.

The recovered water was either redirected through a newly-installed, separate plumbing system to the plants’ toilets or used as makeup water for cooling machinery. The firm had also installed numerous water meters to monitor water usage – and further reduce consumption where it could.

North said: “Goodyear’s biggest water user is our boiler house. It uses an electro-boiler – where the water itself is the element and therefore must be very pure. We make use of a reverse osmosis filter plant to purify city water, but it has a high backwash cleaning cycle. For each litre of water it cleans up, about half a litre is wasted. This water used to go into the sewer system. Now, it is directed to our toilets or process water that is used to cool machinery.”

He said the recycled water was being closely monitored by water treatment experts to ensure it was sufficiently clean and not corrosive to the firm’s piping system.

“The water recovered from the reverse osmosis process has a high dissolved solid content. This is reduced by blending it with recycled water.”

Goodyear Risk Control manager Rene van der Merwe said the plant also utilised a pit designed to catch storm water run-off along with any other water resulting from leaks, for example, in the plant.

“The water is passed through filters and then redirected to a storage tank and collected as required.”

The company’s water saving initiative was primarily driven by the severe water shortage in the Eastern Cape. However, it also formed part of a larger Goodyear philosophy termed the “3-R principle” – reduce, reuse and recycle

“From an environmental point of view, Goodyear We evaluate all potential waste by the 3-R principle to minimise our impact on the environment,” Van der Merwe said.

In addition to its water-saving initiative, the plant was recently recognised for its eco-friendly waste management – resulting in an 85% reduction of non-recyclable waste – with its on-site waste management supplier achieving ISO 14001 certification, one of the highest global standards for environmental management systems.

source:  The Weekend Post

Paul Verryn: man of the people

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by Reports by Katlego Moeng

Bishop Paul Verryn gives holy communion at Joburg Central Methodist ChurchPAUL Verryn is a member of the dying breed of activist priests. A church minister since he was 21, Verryn says all he ever wanted was to fight for – and with – the poor.

In an interview just before his suspension by the Methodist Church, this social activist spoke of his history and inspiration.

“My first social conscientising was at a very young age with our helper, Julie Nkadimeng. She always shared stories of how apartheid affected her family.

“What I took from her was that it was a system that alienated black people. She took a bet with me that I would forget what she taught me and I vowed to never forget.”

The embattled 58-year-old Pretoria- born clergyman admits that he “can be rude and my tongue can be cutting”.

He is no stranger to being at odds with the powers that be.