During September, the Aquarium ran a joint marketing, education and awareness campaign known as the “People’s Campaign”. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness about the Aquarium in general, as well as our education and conservation efforts in Khayelitsha.
The campaign included articles in City Vision newspaper, bi-weekly slots on Radio Zibonele and an amazing day spent doing promotion at the Khayelitsha Mall.
On 31 October 2011, three sea turtles from the Two Oceans Aquarium will be flown to Durban, courtesy of the Aquarium’s animal carrier 1Time Airline. Once in Durban, uShaka Marine World will release the turtles back into the ocean. The sea turtles were rehabilitated after they were found stranded on Western Cape beaches. Every year, concerned members of the public bring a number of stranded sea turtles to the Aquarium. Once they have been rehabilitated and nursed back to health, the turtles are sent to Durban where they are released into warm waters.
Being awarded Platinum status by the Heritage Environmental Management Company in recognition of a committed green policy was a landmark achievement for the Two Oceans Aquarium. Platinum status is an incredible honour, an acknowledgment of the Aquarium’s strong green ethos, carried through into various areas of its growth and operation. It is also an inspiration to other South African companies and businesses looking to follow suit.
It is with great sadness that the Two Oceans Aquarium bids farewell to one of its stalwarts, Jillian Grindley-Ferris, at the end of October 2011. Jillian has resigned from her position as Brand and Business Manager to join the executive management team of Cape Town Routes Unlimited, where she will hold the position of Executive Manager: Leisure Marketing, and be deputy to the CEO, Calvyn Gilfellan.
She has been a strategic player on the Aquarium’s senior management team, and not only inspires vision and innovation, but also has a critical and insightful understanding of the business, which has contributed significantly to the Aquarium’s ongoing profitability.
From 15 to 21 November 2011, the Two Oceans Aquarium will present Vacs from the Sea. Local artist and originator of Plastikos Simon Max Bannister partnered with Electrolux on its Vacs from the Sea maritime conservation initiative and created an artwork using an eco-friendly vacuum cleaner as his canvas and incorporating recycled plastic gathered from beach clean-ups that took place at Muizenberg and Hout Bay in September 2011.