Resolution Health Medical Scheme and Moonprint Productions NPC launched a partnership last month. This move will see the facilitation and promotion of recycling awareness at music and artistic events across the country, as well as at schools. Moonprint’s Ronel Nel shares all the exciting details with Steyn du Toit.
Could you please tell us a bit more about Moonprint Productions NPC. What do they do?
Moonprint is a recycling initiative by Ronel Nel and Charlene McKenzie: a non-profit organisation, section 21 and 18a. It’s aimed at “marketing” recycling: facilitate turnkey waste and recycling processes at big concerts, arts festivals and other corporate functions; inspire and educate the youth about the imperative of recycling; enable schools and organisations to start their own recycling programmes; do public clean-ups and visible waste reduction campaigns; etc. Our activities are usually strengthened by the participation of musicians and actors; and we focus on large music concerts and shows as an ideal platform to get the message of recycling across via entertainment and music. (Please consult our profile for more info.) We recycle all Hilltop (Oppikoppi’s production house) events; and will also, this year for the third time, recycle at the Oppikoppi Festival itself.
Why/how did you partner with Resolution Health Medical Scheme?
Resolution Health is specifically interested in the work we do at schools, hence they’ve decided to back our schools programme. We visit schools; have a short talk and show, always with musicians and if possible also with a comedian. That way the learners really listen, remember and participate!
What is the Recycling Coalition and how does it work?
Well, they sponsor our school visits: pay the musicians and artists, and also assist us in supplying schools with recycling bins, bags and information sheets. We run a competition with Resolution Health (for primary schools it’s a colouring competition; for high schools it’s a bit more focused on answering questions about the imperative of recycling). We are backed by all the national recycling bodies (eg Collect-a-can; The Glass Recycling Company of South Africa; Sappi ReFibre and Mondi Recycling; PETco; Enviromark; Plasfed; etc), which helps when we want to empower schools, events and communities to start recycling.
How did the launch night go?
It was a morning. At Lynnwood Laerskool in Pretoria … It went fabulously well! Our musicians were Wynand Davel (violin) and Friso Woudstra (guitar) – they’re both from Radio Kalahari Orkes; and our comedian was Hannes Brummer. I told a little green tale (with music and animation) and Charlene did an impressive presentation about recycling with pictures and jokes. She used to be a teacher long ago, hence has that extra sense of authority when she tells the little ones “what to do”! The children were entranced, and that’s what we’re aiming to achieve. They didn’t want to let the musicians leave the stage and Hannes had them in stitches. You’re welcome to check the photos on our Facebook page.
Where will one be able to follow the Recycling Coalition's movements online?