Nurture Our World Activations

The Nurture Our World Team leads numerous sustainability initiatives with our clients, suppliers and staff. As far as possible, these activities are linked to existing national and global events or initiatives. 

For more information on our activities, email the CTICC Sustainability Officer


Setting the recycling bar at Cape Wine 2015

The CTICC in collaboration with Cape Wine and the GreenCape Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) ran a project to divert as much waste as possible from during during the Cape Wine 2015 trade show. The event achieved an admirable 75% diversion from landfill. Activities included producing exhibition stands from recyclable Xanita board and identifying a recycler for the board; using different skips to separate glass and PET waste, bar-coding waste bins, weighing and scanning each to record waste-collection and using bokashi powder to break down food waste. Over 10 metric tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill. This provided a useful baseline measurement for the event going forward. Read more about this case study in our 2015/16 Integrated Annual Report.


Zero waste initiative at the 60th Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

The Consumer Goods Forum's 60th Global Summit included several spin-off events hosted by CGF sponsors. In keeping with the sustainability focus, sponsor Pepsico hosted a “zero waste” luncheon on 16 June 2016. The CTICC catering team was eager to collaborate on this project to further their knowledge of sustainability practices.

The CTICC and CGF achieved the zero waste luncheon, which included Franschhoek salmon trout belly as a starter, seared flank steak as main course and fruit pulp biscuit with a berry and chai compote as dessert, in a number of ways. Firstly, all compostable food waste was returned to the fresh food supplier, Moya we Khaya farm, to be composted, thus preventing food waste. The wine selection included a range of wine that benefits environmental sustainability and social development in farming communities. The table centrepieces were made from herbs and local fresh produce which were then used for other events later that week. All materials used for the luncheon such as bottles and cans, were recycled, and event equipment such as display counters and beverage stands were reused or shared to maximise their use. Unprepared food was donated to community projects. Finally, the luncheon menu was printed on seed paper, which was then planted to provide ingredients for future CTICC events.


Social Sustainability Projects

The CTICC ran over 20 activations with various local community partners throughout its 2015/16 financial year. Read more about them here.

Santa Shoebox Project 2016

The CTICC is Santa Shoebox’s biggest drop-off site  and the centre has been partnering with the community organisation since 2013. For two days in October, the CTICC hosted this amazing community organisation, which encourages people to pledge and donate shoeboxes filled with educational supplies, a toy, an item of clothing, a facecloth and soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, and something sweet, to thousands of underprivileged children in South Africa and Namibia. The CTICC sponsored the venue and staff participated in the drive. 


Homelessness Day 2016

The CTICC rallied its staff to highlight the plight of the city’s homeless on 10 October 2016. On this international day, the CTICC partnered with The Haven Night Shelter to help the organisation and the men and women who rely on their care. The centre donated an industrial washing machine and a tumble dryer to The Haven branch in Napier Street. CTICC staff members also provided toiletries for male and female care packs, and volunteered at the centre by helping with various maintenance activities. During the past year, the CTICC also sponsored the organisation’s board meetings and the CTICC kitchen donates quality food on a regular basis to the shelter.


Mandela Day 2016

The CTICC has had a long-standing relationship with Abalimi Bezekhaya, a non-profit organisation that aims to combat poverty by empowering farmers to grow food sustainably, using organic methods, in community gardens to generate an income. On Mandela Day, CTICC staff got their hands dirty by planting, watering, and cultivating produce gardens operated by Abalimi Bezekhaya (which translates to “farmers of home”) in Khayelistha. The CTICC also donated wheelbarrows, rakes, spades, and other horticultural products in the hope that it will contribute to the incredible produce already grown by the urban farmers. 


1001 Women 1 Voice Fundraising Luncheon 2016

The CTICC sponsored the venue for the 1000 Women 1 Voice fundraiser luncheon organised by Women’sNet, a South African non-governmental organisation that strengthens women and girls’ movements for social justice and change.


Youth Day 2016

The CTICC hosted Mitchell’s Plain School of Skills and Lathi-Tha School of Skills at its third annual Youth Day Programme. The programme, facilitated by Youth Interpreter, took learners through a journey of life discovery - through roleplay, art, theatre and discussions - with the aim of providing them with ways to change their lives.


Bursary Scheme

In celebration of its 13th birthday, the CTICC announced in June 2016, that it is providing 13 students with bursaries to the value of just under R400 000. The bursaries provide students studying in the culinary, events, marketing, finance, procurement and technical fields with additional support to help them through their studies. The CTICC is working with long-standing partners, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, The South African Chef Association and College of Cape Town that earmarked student candidates for the bursaries. Once the students have completed their studies, they will be incorporated into the CTICC’s Graduate Programme and receive one-year employment contract to gain valuable work experience. 

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