Jul 01

Potential 18 Month DEDAT Artisan Development Programme


IJ and Man Diesel – 27 May 2016

The Western Cape Provincial Government has started a programme to place artisans with companies at their own cost in order to facilitate artisan training programs and specifically skills development in the workplace.

Your company could benefit from this programme!

Please follow the underlying link to the presentation and let me know by return if your company would be interested in attending a presentation and information sharing session with the Provincial Government in this regard?

You may contact me, Brendan van der Merwe, at 021 905 0929 or on bcid@kingsley.co.za to express an interest in the program or discuss the merits of this great opportunity.

Jul 01

Innovative companies interested in exporting invited to join Mayor to Turkey

jijGreenCape members interested in exporting or who are already exporting may be interested in this opportunity to join the Mayor to the IzmirInternational Fair, offered by the City and Wesgro.


WESGRO and the office of the Mayor of Cape Town will be arranging an exhibition to Izmir International Fair 2016 which takes place in Izmir, Turkey from 26-31 August 2016.


Izmir International Fair is a multi-product exhibition with a display a wide range of products and services. The theme for this year is Innovation and items to be showcased at this show range from the following product groups, but not limited to: Automative and Automative Sub Sectors, Durable Consumer Goods, Cosmetics , Textile, Telecommunication Technologies, Electric – Electronic Technologies, Food Products and Technologies, Medical and Chemical Technologies, Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Technologies, Construction and Construction Material Technologies, and Miscellaneous Sectors and Technologies, amongst others. A great variety of major buyers and exhibitors across the globe converge on the show to meet business partners.

Should you be interested in attending this show, please note that there are two possible options with regards to assistance and support.

OPTION 1: Companies to apply for the Individual Exhibition Fund (under EMIA scheme) to the dti.

Should this funding be approved by the dti, claims will be submitted to the dti after the event. The funding will cover the following costs for exhibitors up to:

• 100% of the cost of return flights to a maximum of R17, 000
• Maximum of R2, 300 per day for subsistence allowance to a maximum of 15 days
• Maximum cost of R20, 000 for transport samples (including forwarding and clearing charges)
• Maximum of R50, 000 for exhibition costs.

Attached are the forms and guidelines should you be interested. Applications to be submitted to the dti Campus: EMIA – TEO, Utangamiri Building, 77 Meintjies Street Sunnyside, Pretoria 0002. Please note that the completed EMIA application form, together with required supporting documentation, must be submitted by 22nd June 2016.

Should there be no funding from the dti:

Option 2: Entails Wesgro assisting companies with – 100% of the exhibition costs only.

Companies will therefore be responsible for cost of their flights, accommodation, subsistence and potentially transportation of samples.


michael matongo
assistant trade manager

t: +27 (0) 21 487 8651
m: 078 558 1679
e: mmatongo@wesgro.co.za
w: www.wesgro.co.za

Claire Gemmill
Events and Communications Officer
BA (Anthropology)
L +27 21 811 0250
18 Roeland St, Cape Town, 8001

Thanks and regards,

May 06

BCID Annual Survey

Dear Members

We are writing to you to request your participation in our Annual Survey to Property Owners in Blackheath Industria.

The questionnaire is a very brief document that will only take about 5 minutes to complete and return to us and is an essential tool for us to ensure that we serve you well.

Please click the link below to go to the Survey Website (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser) and begin the survey.

Blackheath City Improvement District Questionnaire 2016

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P5CZ25N

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

With very best wishes,

Brendan van der Merwe
BCID Operations Manager
082 927 0515

Apr 15

GreenCape 2016 Market Intelligence Reports & green economy growth

We are proud to announce the publication of GreenCape’s 2016 market intelligence reports, covering green economy opportunities in the utility-scale renewable energy, energy services, agriculture, waste and water sectors.
Utility-scale renewable energy

Energy services


Waste economy


The reports are aimed at green technology and services companies and investors that are currently active or interested in entering these sectors in South Africa, and the Western Cape specifically. Each report provides an overview of the market within the sector, including the key players, legislation and regulation, opportunities and challenges, important developments and achievements.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to our various sector desks, as detailed in the reports.

GreenCape has also produced a 6-minute video that shows the robust growth in the Western Cape green economy since 2010. Focusing on the sectors in which we work, it shows locations and projects added over time.

We would also welcome your feedback on our reports and the video. Please send any comments or suggestions to commjijunications@greencape.co.za

Best regards,

Mike Mulcahy

Apr 15


About the NCPC-SA

The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is a national programme of government that promotes the implementation of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) methodologies to assist industry to lower costs through reduced energy, water and materials usage, and waste management. It is hosted by the CSIR on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

The NCPC-SA is a member of UNIDO and UNEP’s global resource efficiency and cleaner production network (RECPnetPrese) and plays a leading role in the African Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (ARSCP).

Mandate & Objectives
The Team

Feb 01

Doing Business in South Africa 2015






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Feb 01

Eskom Newsflash – January 2016






South African Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award Organisations certified to ISO 50001 standard to elevate South Africa’s profile in clean energy

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), is proud to support a prestigious new awards program to recognise companies or organisations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs. Energy Management Leadership Awards should generate broader global use of these proven systems and help to attain national and global climate goals. The programme is sponsored by the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is an active group of forward-thinking energy ministers from around the world. South Africa is a member of the EWMG.

“SANEDI is proud of the many organisations within the private sector that have earned certification to the ISO 50001 standard, and we encourage them to enter this competition,” said Mr Barry Bredenkamp, Senior Manager: Energy Efficiency, SANEDI). “By integrating energy usage into their regular business systems, these organisations are demonstrating excellent global stewardship.”

Any organisation that holds a current, third-party-verified ISO 50001 certificate is eligible to enter the competition. Each organization will need to submit a copy of their ISO 50001 certificate and a structured case study of their EnMS experience, which will be scored by an independent panel of experts.

Three organisations will receive the global CEM Award of Excellence for Energy Management. These winning organisations will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) meeting in San Francisco, California, on June 2, 2016. In addition, each organisation that submits a qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems. All accepted entries will also be published online to highlight the range of benefits achieved through the use of ISO 50001-certified energy management systems.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards program website to learn more about the award rules, entry format, scoring, and recognition. The CEM’s Clean Energy Solutions Center is also hosting an informational webinar on 21 January 21016 at 2:00 AM SAST), on this inaugural program. Entries are due 1 March 2016.

Organisations adopting the ISO 50001 standard are realising initial energy improvements of 10% or more and achieving net cost savings, mostly through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations. Worldwide implementation of ISO 50001 could potentially save 80 exajoules by 2025, reduce costs by $800 billion, and avoid 4,500 Mt of CO2 emissions1—equivalent to the annual output of 40 (500 megawatt), coal-fired power plants.

This awards programme is the latest in a series of high-impact activities launched by the CEM Energy Management Working Group (EMWG). Through the EMWG, government officials worldwide share best practices and leverage their collective expertise to accelerate the use of EnMS in industry and commercial buildings. Governments participating in the EMWG include Australia, Canada, Chile, China (observer), the European Commission, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

1 This analysis conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory assumes an annual 5% reduction in predicted energy consumption for the industrial and service sectors that implement ISO 50001 with a conservative adoption scenario assuming 25% by 2025 and 75% by 2050. Additional data sources used in these analyses include IEA, EIA (US DOE), and US EPA.

Issued by: SANEDI Communications on 12 January 2016
Enquiries: Barry Bredenkamp, mobile: 083 655 6891 and e-Mail: Barry Bredenkamp


Sep 18








You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Blackheath City Improvement District Association at 13:00 on 14 October 2015.

Dear Member,

The meeting will take place at 13:00pm at the Offices of HomeChoice in School Road, Blackheath Industria.

 Please confirm your attendance / non-attendance by return.

As a registered member, if you are unable to attend on the day, please provide us with your proxy so that we may confirm our mandate for the BCID for the period 2016-2017.

Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted on by bona fide members of the BCID.  This membership is available free of charge to all owners of commercial and industrial property within the Blackheath CID’s footprint, but they must be registered before 30th September 2015.

For further information on how to register go to www.bcid.co.za or e-mail bcid@kingsley.co.za or call 021 905 0929.

 With very best wishes,


Sep 06

Blackheath City Improvement District (BCID) Newsletter – August 2015

This has been an exciting time for the Blackheath Industrial Area with the realisation of essential infrastructure and capital Projects that have been fought for, planned and saved up for over many years.  The Non-motorised Transport project was rolled out through most of the Blackheath Industrial Area by the City of Cape Town and this stage has now been completed.  This has not only seen to the safety of pedestrians being addressed, but also the installation of formal kerbs and other essential infrastructure throughout many parts of Blackheath.

Kerbs, formalised and paved intersections, storm water, pedestrian walkways, tree planting and greening projects, bus stops, channels, road surfaces and public lighting installations have taken place and our long awaited CCTV project has been rolled out.

Further major Capital projects are planned for the remainder of 2015 with the promise of a further major resurfacing project for Range Road.

In addition to this, we have performed many major area clean-ups on behalf of the City of Cape Town.  Litter and illegal dumping are a huge challenge to us here in Blackheath.  We also have major challenges with some of the businesses operating within the local area and their attitude towards the upkeep and cleanliness of and the infrastructure within Blackheath Industria.

Responsible Business owners within the Blackheath Industrial Area support and drive the Blackheath CID and contribute to its success.  Unfortunately, there are a handful of users within the Blackheath area that have no regard for that which the BCID initiative sets out to achieve.  These businesses and or their patrons usually operate outside of their factory premises and create damage to infrastructure, spoil the character and cleanliness of the area and negatively impact on their neighbours.  These actions are mostly illegal and include breaking up of scrap and dumping on the Council verge, illegal parking and loading in and on the road infrastructure and related pedestrian infrastructure and the general spoiling of the character of the area that we all work so hard to promote.

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We appeal to Business and Landlords to take responsibility for your operation and the area around your premises and assist us to do the challenging work that we do with the limited resources that we have here at the Blackheath CID?  Our infrastructure comes at a great cost and is essential to the value of your investment and the easy roll out of your daily business activities that generate profit.

The CCTV Network includes both License Plate Recognition and Overview CCTV technology and is employed to ensure that we are covered in the event of criminal activity taking place within the Blackheath Industrial Area.  Those who know me would know that I have not always been in favour of the rollout and expense relating to the rollout of CCTV infrastructure, until such time that the technology improved and became more reliable and that its effectiveness could harness and ensure the securing of the Blackheath Industrial area.  I believe that the time is right for this now that the LPR network is alive and well supported between Public and Private Partnerships in the City of Cape Town and that the capital investment is affordable and good value for money within a sustainable project.

I also would like to request that every business that borders onto the public space and that have either CCTV technology in place or who may be in a position to add to our ever improving network, contact me and form a partnership with the Blackheath CID to roll out even more CCTV technology to assist in the monitoring and securing of our Industrial area.  Footage collected is only for use by the authorised authorities in responding to incidents crime.  A full confidentiality agreement is in place with our suppliers and the system is registered with the City of Cape Town where it forms part of the local LPR network.

Every year around this time the BCID staff and Directors conduct a Survey of the Members of the Blackheath Industrial node and the effectiveness of the program and that of the Local Government, whilst updating our records and more specifically the Blackheath Business Directory.

The attached survey (click here to download) requests your kind response to some standard questions as well as the potential to have a presentation made to us by the Department of Trade and Industry that will detail the available investment incentives offered by the DTI.

We have also reached the end of our financial year now and will be moving towards the hosting of our Annual General Meeting, that will be held on the 07th of October 2015 at 13:00 at the HomeChoice Building in School Road, that is in place to report back on our financial position and the renewal of the term of operation of the Blackheath CID for a further 5-Year period.  We hope that the Members of the Company will be in support of this extension and will attend the feedback session.  A formal Notice will be delivered in due course.

For all issues relating to the business of the Blackheath City Improvement District in the Blackheath Industrial Area, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Chairperson Mr. Andre Smuts immediately.

This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the Blackheath Rail Crossing Tragedy and in honour of this an event was held to memorialise this disastrous tragedy by officially opening the memorial wall that has been constructed at the … in memory of the lives of the ten learners who died when a taxi darted through the lowered booms in an attempt to beat an oncoming train.

Sep 06

Buttskop Level Crossing Tragedy

Pupils killed at Buttskop crossing remembered

FIVE years after 10 pupils – between the ages of 8 and 18 – were killed while on their way to school, their families are still finding it difficult to come to terms with their deaths.

The minibus taxi transporting them was hit by a passenger train at a level crossing in Blackheath.

The driver, Jacob Humphreys, jumped a queue of cars waiting to cross the Buttskop crossing and then attempted to cross the tracks while the booms were down, in August 2010.

Humphreys was originally handed a jail sentence of 20 years in December 2011 for his role in their deaths. However, on appeal, it was reduced to eight years.

Yesterday, the City of Cape Town unveiled a memorial wall in the Welmoed cemetery – where six of the children are buried – in honour of the 10 children who died|in the crash.

The family of Jason Pedro are still finding it difficult to deal with his death, but his mother, Ursula , said they soldier on each day.

“I dreaded this day, it still feels like you don’t want it to come because it just takes you back to that tragic day. It caused a lot of|damage to my family.”

Jason, 15, was her eldest son. Pedro said her other sons sometimes still “struggle to go to school because of the pain”.
“My 16-year-old says he feels empty after his brother’s passing. But we are trying to cope, we take it step by step. We still can’t believe that it happened.”

She said the family were grateful for the wall of remembrance and said she liked the picture of her son placed in the plaque with her son’s name and date of birth.

At eight years old, Reece Smith was the youngest of the children.
His mother, Rochelle, said Reece’s brother, Wyman,16, was unable to verbalise what he felt, but “he was still very hurt”.


Story: Yolisa Tswanya / Photograph: David Ritchie
(Read the full story in the Cape Argus or get the app at www.myindependent.co.za)

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