Friday 24th of October, 2008 - Opportunities are countless
The Logistic Team is well underway in collecting information from all sorts of stakeholders. The last days several companies and NGO’s (Non Governmental Organizations) have been visited. Also for this day several visits are planned.
We split-up the day in 3 major parts: in the 1st half of the morning we process the information gathered on the previous day in the Logistic Report and and also gather some more information about the demography of Soweto. Tshiamo and Tsepo from GreenFusion help us with that. In the 2nd half we have a team meeting to discuss contents, project progress, next steps and how the team functions, where we could improve / help each other etc. In the afternoon we split-up: René and Bart meet with Hans Vollebrecht, who will use our Logistic Model as input for the Business Case of the overall project. Michel, Véronique, Thsiamo and Tsepo visit the Social Services government department in Soweto. Carloline from De Baak also joins us. We hope that the meeting with these public authorities, will contribute value to our project , because they could have interest in the project from another perspective than the organizations we have met so far. During the car ride it is obvious that not everybody feels the same way about this, but let’s just see….
The people we meet from the Social Services, we also already met on Monday when we were in Soweto the 1st time. On Monday they showed us what projects are already taking place in the community, now we will talk about our project; the used cooking oil collection for biodiesel.
Social Services administrate, support and help get funding from the government for projects which empower people in the townships and help the community. Social Services is able to get funding for all sorts of support (HR, infrastructure, materials) as long as a Business Proposal is submitted.
The meeting therefore proves to be very valuable!
Also René and Bart had an interesting meeting with Hans Vollebrecht, which gave some more insight in which part we -Imtech Logistic Team and Imtech Technical Team-, play in the overall project “From used cooking oil to biodiesel with World Mobile Plants”.
Getting back in the guesthouse we all meet again and discuss our findings and summarizing it in the logistic report; All input for the final logistic model!
At around 8 pm we teamed-up with the Technical Team to have dinner. We had a lot of ‘business’ to talk about, and also had a good laugh. We are extremely busy, make long hours every day and also have a lot of fun!! It is just GREAT.
For me personally it is very special to be back in South Africa after all these years. It is fantastic recognize many things & culture and simultaneously experience the New South Africa, where cultures and colours mix and people are extremely motivated, because opportunities are countless.
BAIE DANKIE VIR JOU AANDAG