To release rehabilitated owls in a new environment, Owl Rescue Centre follows a ‘soft release’ process to ensure the best chance of survival of the owls. A Hacking Aviary is used to complete this procedure. The Hacking Aviary is a structure of 6m x 3m x 3m that is erected on stilts. Owls in the final stage of rehabilitation are placed and kept in the aviary for a period of about 6 weeks to become familiar to the new environment.
The owls are closely monitored by Owl Rescue Centre to ensure that they are indeed ready and able to survive in the wild. After the 6 weeks period, the aviary is opened and the owls are able to leave the aviary. However, the owls are able to return to the aviary for food if they struggle to find their own prey. The owls are slowly weaned off the aviary and encouraged to find their own territory.
The South African business case for going green
There is a growing concern for companies to “go green” and reduce their carbon footprint. It has become an obligation for most companies to reflect their respect for the environment. Going green is often also reflected in the brands themselves that consumers use. Brands need to have a position on the environment. If consumers believe in that position, the value of the brand - and the attraction to use or buy it - goes up, the reverse also applies as indicated by TGI™ SA.
An astonishing 53% of South African consumers have a positive green attitude, and subtle increases in green mind-sets' can be seen and is also expected to continue. Despite the attitudinal preference towards ‘green living' consumers are still passive in terms of ‘green' behaviour and active contributions. When considering the industries across South Africa, 30% of the client base is positively green with the strongest green mind-set being in the automotive and petrochemical industries, as indicated in the graphs below.
Sustainability has become part of our everyday business lexicon, yet the concept is often poorly understood. Some fling sustainability platitudes about with gay abandon, though their deeds don’t match their words. Others are sidetracked by issues not relevant to their business. And many ignore sustainability, remaining mired in the mind-set ‘profits at any cost’.
Simply put, corporate sustainability advocates pursuing profits in a way that is more responsible by taking into account broader stake holder interests. The premise is that responsible business is good for society and less harmful to the environment, thereby ensuring business success over the long haul. Yet on the back of this comes a plethora of codes and standards that can distract management from their core purpose.
(Compiled in terms of Regulation 34 of the EIA Regulations 2006)
Extracted from the Environmental Impact Assessment.
The purpose and intent of an environmental management plan (EMP) is that it provides guidelines, processes and procedures that can ensure that the environment is not detrimentally affected by the proposed development. This includes strategies for monitoring the impacts on the site.
Lords Trust proposes to establish a Logistics Park on an old quarry site in Midrand. The site has previously been used for sand mining operations that have altered topographic and vegetation characteristics over the majority of the site. Currently the site is regarded to be unsafe, dangerous and subject to dumping and informal settlement.
The proposed development seeks to rehabilitate the site as well as offer world class facilities for a logistics park. The proposed land use will encompass warehousing, storage and industrial activities.