At the end of March, Lumec celebrated 3 years in business at The Charlatan on Durban’s Florida Road. We were lucky enough to share this milestone with some of our clients, partners and friends.
There have been a number of highlights this last financial year including our team expansion, the development of our new company strategy for the next 3 – 5 years which outlines our focus areas and key services (see image below) and being involved in really interesting and innovative projects.
Some of our key areas of interest are:
- Biomass Processing in eThekwini – Our growing interest in the circular economy allowed us the opportunity to work on the development of a business case for a biomass application centre in KwaMashu, Durban. The project is a partnership between the Durban Green Corridor and Plantbased Raw Materials (PRM) International, a Dutch-based organisation, which seeks to generate and convert fibres from alien plants and other organic waste into various end-products such as bio-based packaging and bio-composite planks. Since the completion of the business case, we have been working closely with PRM to assist them to manage the implementation of the various value chains in Durban.
- Film Industry Research – Our passion for the growth of the creative industries led us to work on two interesting projects with the KZN Film Commission. The first was research into the trends of KZN audiences and how they consume filmed content and was based on the results of 1,200 surveys across the province. The second sought to identify the impact that micro-budget filmmakers are having on the provincial film industry. Both projects allowed us to deepen our understanding of the KZN and South African film industry, which has great potential to create jobs and stimulate the cultural and creative industries in the province.
- The Informal Sector – we have recently become partners in a tech start-up, DIVERT, which aims to improve the livelihoods of informal waste pickers in the developing world. The aim of DIVERT is to produce and distribute container-based reverse vending machines that automatically analyse and weigh recyclable paper and plastic, electronically pay waste pickers a fair and transparent price, and digitally connect sellers and buyers of waste. Data is collected throughout the process, allowing all parties, including manufacturers, to increase efficiencies and the percentage of waste recycled.
- Data Product Development – Our relationship with Open Data Durban (ODD) has enabled us to support government and other organisations to create data management and analysis solutions in the form of open source data portals. We have assisted ODD in the development of data portals for the South African Cities Network, the Centre for Affordable Housing, and eThekwini Municipality (via the Durban EDGE). Increasing the transparency of public information is important for us and we value the experience we have been afforded in this space.