Pineapple the new soap
About half of every pineapple you eat ends up as waste, with the skin and core typically being discarded despite their composting potential. This inefficiency in pineapple consumption is a global issue, with environmental implications. However, one forward-thinking company is pioneering a solution by transforming fruit scraps, including pineapple remnants, into natural soap and cleaning products. Meet Fua, whose name is derived from "fruit warrior," a company that believes its products are not only safer for the environment but also for people, to the extent that its founder, DUI Huang, regularly drinks the concoction he creates.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's pursuit of secure borders in South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's pursuit of secure borders and streamlined travel facilitation in South Africa took a significant step forward with the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA). This milestone was officially marked when President Ramaphosa launched the BMA in Musina, which is home to the bustling Bates Bridge border, one of the busiest entry points in the country. The launch of the BMA came after it had been formally established and gained status as a scheduled 3A public entity on April 1, 2023. The establishment of the BMA represents a pivotal development in South Africa's efforts to enhance border security and facilitate safe travel. For years, South Africa's borders had posed challenges, particularly in dealing with the influx of undocumented migrants. Annually, thousands of undocumented migrants were detained and deported at the Bates Bridge border post, primarily originating from Zimbabwe and other countries. Previously, these borders were managed through a multi-agency approach, but this approach appeared ineffective in addressing the national security threats and complexities within the border environment. Consequently, a single line of authority was deemed necessary for border law enforcement operations, leading to the establishment of the Border Management Authority. The BMA will now take charge of border management operations and work towards resolving these long standing issues. This shift is a significant one, as it aims to ensure a more humane and effective approach to addressing border-related challenges. President Ramaphosa, in his role as the key chairperson, is fully committed to this endeavor. The launch event was not only attended by President Ramaphosa but also by members of the inter-ministerial Coordinating Committee, the BMA, and the Border Technical Committee. During the event, President Ramaphosa and the accompanying dignitaries also toured the Bates Bridge border Port of Entry to gain firsthand insights into the operational aspects of this critical border crossing. In conclusion, the establishment of the Border Management Authority under President Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership represents a significant step toward achieving secure borders, safe travel, and streamlined facilitation of border-related activities in South Africa. This marks a turning point in addressing the challenges that have long plagued the nation's borders.