THE FIFTH ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXHIBITION
By: Sanelisiwe Mangxaba
The Fifth Annual Sustainable Living Exhibition was held at the Durban ICC Exhibition Center a few weeks ago.
The unique, multifaceted event showcased everything from water harvesting and energy efficiency technologies to organic gardening and recycling options.
The event is supported by multiple stakeholders including government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and the schools that participated in the exhibition. The eThekwini
Municipality partnered with the Botanical Society of South Africa and hosted their indigenous plant fair at the exhibition.
The event has created a platform where all organisations can come together under one umbrella to showcase their sustainable initiatives. It also provides an opportunity for the exhibitors to network.
“Through these initiatives we aim to inspire and educate people on making a change to how they live their lives,” said Dorothy Lutchmiah the hostess of the event.
The Sustainable Living Exhibition is inspired by many projects that are taking place to green our city such as the Clean My City Programme. The event is in line with the vision of Durban being Africa’s most caring city by 2030.
This year there were more than 240 exhibitors, some of them were first time exhibitors.
“We would absolutely come back again, it is a wonderful experience,” said Alice Perks the owner of The Block Shop.
The event has exhibitors who have been a part of the Exhibition for as long as four years such as the Gokul Primary School. According to Mrs. R. Rao, the environment committee Chairperson of Gokul Primary, the exhibition has helped them to network with other schools and share craft ideas. It has also helped to expose their school to the community.
The exhibition offered presentations and demonstrations from experts on indigenous plants. There was a fashion show by DUT students using waste material, a puppet show, magicians and educational skits. This year a reader’s corner was introduced with the aim of encouraging the learners to read more.
The exhibition equipped many home owners with skills on how to keep their homes greener. Products and services such as recycling, food gardening, water harvesting and energy saving mechanisms were of great help to the residents of Durban who attended the exhibition.