Caroline Reid Awards
The 2020 Caroline Reid Award recipients
Owing to COVID-19 which made the hosting of another gala prize giving event impossible, Plastics SA decided to visit this year’s winners at their places of work to present them with their awards. The following groups received the Caroline Reid Award in appreciation of their dedicated efforts:
- Adopt-a-River – An NPO that facilitates partnerships between corporate, government and community role players for the benefit of our waterways in South Africa (Durban).
- ARMOUR – An NPO that helps to restore the health of waterways (Gauteng).
- Cetric Foundation – An NPO that helps to clean up different areas in Johannesburg (Gauteng).
- Clean C – A group of enthusiastic people passionate about South Africa and its people in (Cape Town).
- Clean Surf – An NPO that creates awareness to the devastating cause of littering especially plastic and polystyrene products and the impact it has on our ocean life which affects us as human beings as well (Durban).
- Dyer Island Conservation Trust – An NPO that delivers unique conservation and research programmes in the fragile and critically important marine eco-system at the southern-most tip of Africa (Cape Town)
- Friends of the Liesbeek – An NPO that creates an awareness of the importance of the Liesbeek as a green corridor in an urban setting and to rehabilitate, enhance, and conserve it and its environs (Cape Town)
- Groot Brak River Conservancy – An NPO that promotes the conservation of their indigenous fauna and flora and preserves the natural beauty of Great Brak River (Cape Town)
- Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement – A group of concerned locals who aim to eliminate beach litter (Cape Town).
- Help Up – A group that organises weekly clean-ups in the Black River in Mowbray (Cape Town).
- Hennops Revival – An NPO that cleans and maintains the Hennops River (Gauteng).
- Kromme Enviro Trust– An NPO that encourages and promotes environmental awareness in the Greater St Francis area (Eastern Cape).
- Live Life Always – An NPO group of litter collectors who support the Jukskei River Cleanups
- Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs- a committed department that leads and facilitates an integrated, comprehensive and sustainable development and social cohesion by participating and partnering with all sectors of society (Mpumalanga)
- Natures Valley Trust – A small community-driven NPO working at the cutting edge of integrated conservation in South Africa (Cape Town).
- Trapsuutjies – An NPO environment project in and around Oudtshoorn (Cape Town).
We were blown away by the passion and dedication of this year’s winners. Despite facing challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of funds and inadequate waste management infrastructure, each of these volunteer organisations freely gave of their time, energy and resources to make a tangible and lasting difference in our environment. In many cases they also created much-needed employment opportunities and gave their teams a sense of accomplishment and pride.
2019 Caroline Reid Award Recipients
In 2019, Plastics SA launched a new, annual award, which aims to recognise and reward excellence in South Africa by an individual in the field of marine and coastal clean-ups, called the Caroline Reid Award for Clean-Up Champion of the Year.
Caroline Reid was an ocean conservation warrior who sadly passed away in 2018 after a tragic accident. Caroline coordinated hundreds of beach and diving clean-ups and was central to the work done in the Durban harbour in 2017 when nurdles leaked out of containers. She worked tirelessly to increase the awareness of plastics pollution on the KwaZulu-Natal Coastline.
Making the announcement during a gala dinner to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Marine & Coastal Educators Network (MCEN) held at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in Cape Town last week, Douw Steyn and John Kieser of Plastics SA awarded Alison with a R10 000 cash prize and a floating trophy.
The nominees for this Award were:
- Aaniyah Omardien, Beach Co-op, Cape Town
- Alison Bryant, Keep Plett Clean Campaign, Plettenberg Bay
- Ann-Louise van der Berg, Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa, Port Elizabeth
- Denzil van der Westhuizen, Clean Surf Project, Durban
- Erin Conradie, Cape Agulhas Clean-ups, Agulhas
- Jaco Kriek, #trashtag, Oudtshoorn
- Janet Ormond, Curb Plastic, Cape Town
- Jessie Naidoo, Master Waste Management, Joubertinia
- Lisl Barry, #trashtag, Oudtshoorn
- Mosselbank River Conservation Team, Mosselbay
- Pinkey Ngewu, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Gansbaai
- Toshka Barnardo, Sustainable Seas Trust, Port Elizabeth
- Zoe Prinsloo, Save a Fishie, Cape Town
The panel of six judges were:
- Stacey Webb, Executive Director, Sustainable Seas Trust
- Omar Parak, Control Environmental Officer, Coastal Management, KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
- Dr Mark Brown, Program Director, Nature’s Valley Trust
- Helen Lockhart, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Two Oceans Aquarium
- Janine Osborne, Stakeholder Relations Manager, PET Recycling Company NPC
- Jone Porter, Director Education, South African Association for Marine Biological Research