Date: APR 2, 2020

Title: Socio Economic Development to Improve Household Food Security

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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Learnerships: New Venture Creation + Environmental Modules

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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Environmental-Focus Learnerships

Green Skills for a Green Economy

As far back as 2013, green skills were identified as a priority in South Africa and investment in green skills planning acknowledged as critical for long-term performance of a greener economy.

A green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Green jobs are those that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. This includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, material and water consumption through high-efficiency strategies; de-carbonise the economy and minimise the generation of all forms of waste and pollution.

Skills development plays a crucial role in seizing opportunities and unlocking the potential of green jobs which is why 5Inc has developed the custom Environmental Focus Learnership course which combines the SETA accredited New Venture Creation qualification with fit for purpose environmental modules.

This Environmental Focus Learnership is a year-long programme that includes accredited and non-accredited training modules, and work-integrated learning.

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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Lockdown Crafts Day 4

New Uses for Old Books – Floating Bookshelves


  • – 2 L-shaped brackets per shelf
  • – hardbacked book with dustcover per shelf
  • – 4x screws and plugs per shelf
  • – spirit level
  • – drill
  • – pencil
  • – craft knife


  1. Place one L-bracket on the wall where you would like the bookshelf. Use a level to ensure it is perfectly vertical, and make a pencil mark in the top and bottom holes.
  2. Measure where the second L-bracket will go. The distance between the 2 brackets is determined by the size of the book, as is the size of the brackets
  3. Drill two holes (top and bottom) for each bracket
  4. Insert wall plugs in the holes
  5. Position the holes in the L-brackets on top of the anchors and screw in flathead screws to secure the brackets.
  6. Remove the dust jacket from the book. With a ruler and hobby knife, cut two 2″ slits in the dust jacket fold where the back cover meets the back flap. The slits should be about 1cm from the top and bottom edges of the dust jacket.
  7. Slide the two slits of the dust cover into the two L-brackets.
  8. Rest the book on the two L-brackets with the spine facing you. Lift the book’s front cover and pages, and fold the back flap of the dust jacket over the inside back cover.
  9. if desired, stack additional books on this first book shelf, taking care not to place too much weight on top
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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Lockdown Crafts Day 3

Upcycled Tin Cans

Kids: Tin Can telephone


  • – 2 Tin Cans (the tops carefully removed and cleaned)
  • – String (5m or 10m)
  • – Hammer and nail
  • – Paints/ribbons/beads etc for decorating


  • – Decorate the cans
  • – Use the hammer and nails to make a hole in the bottom of each can
  • – Thread the string through the holes, tying a knot on each side so that the string does not slip back through the holes
  • – Let the kids walk each can out as far as the string will stretch and then talk to their hearts content

Adults: Pencil Holders/ Flower Vases/ Utensil Holders/You decide


  • – Tin cans (the tops carefully removed and cleaned)
  • – Your prettiest decorating materials – paint, ribbons, fabric flowers, string, buttons


  • – Go wild decorating the cans
  • – Find uses for them

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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Lockdown Crafts Day 2

Cardboard Box Playhouse

You can make the cutest little houses from cardboard boxes with the help of your kids. And they can personalise it exactly to their taste.


Large Cardboard Box
Packaging or duct tape
Craft Knife
Ruler/measuring tape, scissors, marking pens

Paints and other materials for decoration

  1. Start with an empty cardboard box
  2. Position cardboard box Turn box on side so the opening is perpedicular to the floor.
  3. Cut the top of cardboard box Cut off the top entirely and save the piece. This will later form half of the roof.
  4. Add tape. Add some extra support to the bottom flaps, or the floor of the playhouse.
  5. Cut the pieces for the roof Retrieve the piece you saved for the roof of the cardboard playhouse. Cut off 1/4 or so to create the steepness of the roof. If you would like a steeper roof, you can cut off more. From another cardboard box, cut out another roof piece that is the same size as the first.
  6. Tape the roof together Tape the two pieces you just cut together to form the roof.
  7. Measure out window openings on the sides and cut out
  8. Measure and mark out a door opening on another side, and cut along 3 lines to create a flap
  9. Add lots of cute details

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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Lockdown Crafts Day 1

LockDown Kids Crafts Day 1

Our craft today is an 21 day activity calendar.
– You can use paper bags, gift bags, match boxes, toilet rolls
(anything that you have 21 of and you can slip a note into).
– Let the kids decorate the bags etc with paper, paints, or
beads. Encourage them to let their imaginations run wild.
– Write down one task and one reward for each of the 21
days on a note. Place one note in each bag/box roll.
– Seal the bags, and shuffle around.
– Write a number from 1-21 on each bag
– Hang the bags or from a piece of string or hanger, or stick
the boxes onto a piece of board
– Let your child open one bag each day to find out what their
task for the day is, and what reward or treat they will receive

Task Ideas:

Tidy your bedroom
Groom the family pet
Hang the laundry
Wash the dishes
Unload the dishwasher
Fold the laundry
Cook a simple meal with supervision

Examples of Rewards

Pick a movie
Choose what’s for dinner
30 minutes extra screen/game/phone time
Alone activity with mum or dad
Stay up later on Friday night
Bake cookies

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Date: MAR 30, 2020

Title: Lockdown Crafts

As South Africa prepares to go into lockdown. we are all turning our attention to how we are going to keep ourselves and our kids occupied and sane for 21 days. We would like to help you with this. Because upcycling of waste material is a core component of our business, starting on Friday, we will be posting a series of simple projects for kids and adults that you can make from items lying around the house. To keep each other motivated, please let us know how each project works out, and please share your photos.

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Title: Carbon Tax Workshop 27 February 2020

Let Us Help You Understand:

– The highlights of the Carbon tax Act
– Who is liable
– The emission Scopes taxed
– How to calculate the Tax liability
– How to offset your liability.
Date: 27 February 2020

Time: 9h00-15h00

Venue: Astrotech Conference Centre, Parktown

Cost: R2950 pp


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Date: JAN 17, 2020

Title: Carbon Footprint Assessment and Carbon Tax Training

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Date: DEC 13, 2019

Title: Carbon Tax Workshop Schedule 2020

Our carbon tax training will take place on the following dates in 2020:

30 January
27 February
26 March
23 April
28 May
25 June
29 July
27 August
17 September
25 October
29 November

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Date: DEC 13, 2019

Title: 5 Inc Wishes you a blessed and peaceful festive season

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Title: Turn Your Garden into a Carbon Sink

More carbon is sequestered in the planet’s soils than in living plants and the atmosphere combined. Over the past century, however, soil carbon has been widely depleted, mostly due to unsustainable land management practices that disrupt natural processes that create carbon-rich organic matter.

Change is needed and it is appearing in the recognition that soil health is an essential component of slowing the pace of global climate change by offsetting annual increases in atmospheric carbon.

There is a revolutionary agricultural practice that recognizes the importance of building healthy soils by replacing the organic matter that has been lost. This new practice is called carbon farming.

Fertilise the soil with compost. Compost enriches soil and adds essential nutrients which maintain soil health
Cover bare soil, either with cover crops or mulch to keep moisture in the ground and minimize soil disturbance
Plant trees and shrubs because they absorb more carbon dioxide with their trunks and branches than smaller plants.
Plant perennials. – they require minimal to no soil disturbance and can stick around for many years
Disturb the earth as little as possible – digging the soil releases stored carbon into the atmosphere.

Date: NOV 15, 2019

Title: Easy Ways to Reuce Your Carbon Footprint

There is a lot of conversation taking place now about companies needing to reduce their carbon emissions or pay Carbon Tax, while not very much is being said about the need for individuals to reduce their personal greenhouse gas emissions. Human activity produces over 40 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, and a significant percentage of that is from individual activity. Luckily, each one of us can start to make easy changes which, cumulatively, can have a big impact on those numbers.

Eat less meat. Livestock farming contributes 14.5% to global manmade greenhouse gas emissions,
Drive less – the average car produces 5 tonnes of CO2 per year,
Fly less – worldwide CO2emissions from commercial flights are rising up to 70% faster than predicted by the UN, according to an analysis,
Switch off an unplug devices when not in use,
Eliminate or at least, reduce single-use plastic,
Buy less fast fashion – it is estimated that the clothing industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions,
Reduce and reuse – around 80% of a product’s carbon footprint is wrapped up in the production process,
Take shorter showers -we could save million of tonnes of CO2 a year if we all took one minute off our shower time,
Switch to energy-saving lightbulbs – these use up to 80% less energy than standard bulbs,
Plant a Spekboom – this environmental miracle worker can absorb carbon emissions like no other plant.

Date: NOV 14, 2019

Title: Township Brands Store Shopfittings From Upcycled Materials

Date: OCT 31, 2019

Title: Carbon Tax Workshop 07 November 2019

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Date: OCT 31, 2019

Title: Green Corporate Gifting – Spekboom in an upcycled can

A green mindset should not stop with your private or public image.Little things, like your choice of corporate gifts for clients, partners or staff are a perfect opportunity to express your gratitude while at the same time reinforcing your company values and enhancing your green credentials.

Date: AUG 4, 2019

Title: The new Carbon Tax Act is going to have implications for company’s cost structures and their bottom line. Join us as we unpack the ramifications of the Act.

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