Food waste voluntary agreement and roadmap for South Africa

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and the National Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), with funding from the SA-EU Dialogue Facility, commissioned pinpoint sustainability (in partnership with Julian Parfitt, Anthesis Group) to undertake gap analysis research, draft recommendations and draw up a workplan to implement a food waste voluntary agreement and roadmap for South Africa.  pinpoint sustainability continues to advise and undertake research to inform the implementation of the agreement and roadmap.

January 2019

External review of WWF-SA's Environmental Leaders Programme (ELP)

pinpoint sustainability was commissioned by WWF-SA to undertake a review of their Environmental Leaders Programme (ELP) and to provide an expert opinion and recommendations for the programme's future. The programme's performance, focus, niche positioning for impact, viability and value to WWF nationally and globally were assessed.  

A fourth generation evaluation approach was adopted, which included desktop research and engagement with key internal WWF-SA staff and external experts.

October 2018

Food for Us:  Reducing on-farm food waste through the use of a cell phone app

Food for Us Phase 1 was funded through the United Nation's One Planet Sustainable Lifestyles & Education Trust Fund, with additional financial support from the Government of Japan. Administered through Rhodes University's Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) the project aimed to develop and trial a cell phone app in South Africa to act as a food surplus trading platform.  A strong research component ensured South African food waste and transformative learning capacity was also developed.  pinpoint sustainability managed the 8-project partner team, and acted as a food loss and waste advisor.  Further information can be found at, including the app for download. 

Download the Phase 1 project report here.

We are currently identifying funding to embed the trial more widely across South Africa.  

August 2018

Skills audit and needs analysis for the Marine Protection Services and Ocean Governance (MPG) sectors of Operation Phakisa

pinpoint sustainability was commissioned by the International Ocean Institute - African Region (IOI-SA) as a skills review specialist to undertake research and stakeholder engagement, to prepare a skills audit and needs analysis for the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI).  pinpoint sustainability provided guidance on the research methodology, engaged with the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) and undertook research on MPG occupations, scarce skills and capabilities, transformation issues, recognition of prior learning, projected future skills needs and an assessment of skills supply.  A report will be available in due course.

July 2018

Protecting and unlocking green jobs through value-added industries (VAI) and water stewardship

Rhodes University's Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC) commissioned pinpoint sustainability to further develop - for SANPARKS - insights gained from the Mid-term Review of the Eco-furniture Programme (see below).  pinpoint sustainability undertook research, and engaged with the alien vegetation added value sector, to further understand and prioritise VAI products for unlocking jobs through alien invasive plant value-added industries.  

June 2018

Shifting consumer behaviour towards sustainable seafood consumption

pinpoint sustainability was commissioned by WWF-SA to examine seafood consumption trends, associated consumer behaviours and recommendations to inform their Sustainable Seafood Initiative's (SASSI) consumer campaign.  The research formed the basis of a wider United Nation's Environment One Planet Sustainable Food System's project.  An article capturing the findings in relation to millennials and the key role they play in preserving threatened fish was published in The Business Day, and can be accessed here.

June 2018

National Skills Development Strategy III review 

pinpoint sustainability was commissioned by the University of Witwatersrand's Researching Education & Labour (REAL) Unit for the Department of Higher Education's (DHET) NSDS III review.  pinpoint sustainability undertook two in-depth research case studies on skills development progress in the country including: 1) Research and innovation support, including industry related Masters and PhD programmes, and 2) Programmes targeting youth.

March 2018

Unlocking green jobs:  A catalytic intervention 

As part of a consortium pinpoint sustainability undertook an in-depth case study on how to unlock and retain jobs in the alien vegetation added value chain, through industrial symbiosis.  Two opportunities - wood pellets and eco-matting - were explored.  The research was part of a wider evaluation commissioned through The Nedbank Green Trust Fund/WWF-SA under Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS).

February 2018

The Eco-Furniture Programme:  An evaluative review

As part of a consortium pinpoint sustainability was commissioned by the Jobs Fund (National Treasury) to undertake a mid-term evaluative review of the Department of Environmental Affair's Eco-furniture Programme.  pinpoint sustainability undertook research, with a focus on alien invasive value-add industry opportunities.  A report will be made available in due course.

November 2017

Occupationally directed study on green skills in the South African petroleum sector

As part of a consortium pinpoint sustainability undertook in-depth research for Rhodes University's Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), on behalf of the Green Skills Programme. The aim of the study was to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa's petroleum sector, with a focus on refineries.  The study was commissioned by the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA). 

November 2017

Funding strategy facilitation

The Long Run, a UK-based non-profit organisation and South African Member the Grootbos Foundation both commissioned pinpoint sustainability to provide guidance and recommendations for future funding strategies and opportunities.

October 2017 (The Long Run) & May 2018 (Grootbos Foundation)

Beyond the Horizon: Consumer and hospitality
approaches to tackling marine plastic debris

Through a variety of consumer and hospitality interviews, surveys and pilot trials in Muizenberg, Cape Town and other neighbouring suburbs insights were gathered to inform a national marine debris campaign.  The work was commissioned by WWF-SA and The Green Trust.  pinpoint sustainability undertook contextual research and provided a packing specialist advisory role under the auspices of The Beach Co-operative.  

September 2017

Food loss and waste:  Facts and futures report

pinpoint sustainability undertook research and contributed towards WWF-SA's Food Loss and Waste: Facts and Futures report, which sketches the state of food loss and waste, with a specific lens into excessive food loss and wastage in South Africa.  pinpoint sustainability focused on:

  • Food loss and waste and the public sector; 
  • An initial investigation into and comparisons between the characteristics of food loss and waste in the formal vs informal retail sectors; and
  • Futures and recommendations to reduce food loss and waste.

A copy of the report can be accessed here.

Reducing food waste in OIC member countries

pinpoint sustainability provided food waste research and report writing expertise as part of UDA Consulting's team contracted by The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) to understand the scale of consumer food waste in Islamic States.  pinpoint sustainability presented the research findings at the 9th Meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group in February 2017 in Ankura, Turkey.  

A copy of the report can be downloaded here, and an accompanying video here.

Skills development for green public supply chain management

As part of a Green Skills Programme consortium, pinpoint sustainability undertook in-depth research to identify and develop the requisite occupations and related skills to support green supply chain management (SCM) in the South African public sector.  This included an international review of SCM practices and a national departmental case study. The work was commissioned by the Public Sector Education & Training Authority (PSETA). The final report can be accessed here.

Food waste associated with South African fresh horticultural produce exports

pinpoint sustainability undertook research to identify on-farm and pack house food waste associated with the export of fresh horticultural produce to the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US).  Evidence was gathered to identify the scale of the issue, how and why food waste arises, and documented solutions for the prevention of food waste. The project was commissioned by Feedback and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.  A final report - containing a number of global case studies, including South Africa has been published and can be accessed here.

Green economy inventory for South Africa (GEISA)

As part of a consortium led by Green Talentpinpoint sustainability provided lead research, waste and agricultural sector expertise for the development of a baseline 'Green Inventory for South Africa'. The project was commissioned by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), in collaboration with five UN agencies - UNEP, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Green skills in the South African surface coatings sector: with a focus on paint

pinpoint sustainability undertook in-depth research for Rhodes University's Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), on behalf of the Green Skills Programme. The aim of the study was to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa's paint sector.  The study was commissioned by the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA). A copy of the report can be accessed here.

Development and trial of a food loss and waste methodology

pinpoint sustainability developed and trialled a food waste and loss (FWL) methodology for the South African retailer Woolworths, in consultation with Anthesis UK and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The work was commissioned by WWF-SA and focused on the spinach supply chain. The outputs included: 

  1. A methodology which can be adopted for further food products and other South African retailers, and 
  2. A report on where in the retailer's supply chain food waste and loss occurs and why.

An overview of findings can be found in Woolworths' Annual Integrated Report 2016.

Greening skills in the fibre packaging sector

Commissioned by the Green Skills Programme, pinpoint sustainability undertook research to develop a discussion paper for the Fibre Packaging & Manufacturing Sector Education & Training Authority (FP&M SETA). The aim of the research was to identify the potential, and provide initial recommendations, for the greening of skills in the fibre packaging sector in South Africa. The paper can be downloaded here.



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