Engen Wildlands Partnership Launch

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L to R: Tasneem Sulaiman – Bray (GM Corporate Affairs Engen), Dr Andrew Venter (CEO of Wildlands) and Khanyisa Balfour (Group CSI Manager Engen) at the launch of the benchmark Recycling Facility near Midmar. Photo: Adi Weerheim

On the 5th of September 200 Waste-preneurs and special guests gathered at the Wildlands Recycling Transfer Station, near Midmar in Pietermartizburg, to officially launch the partnership.

Engen, South Africa’s market-leading downstream petroleum company has invested R4.5 million in an enterprise development partnership with Wildland Green-preneurs (Pty) Ltd, with numerous spin-offs for the environmental and recycling focused organisation and local entrepreneurs.

Investment impact
Wildlands Green-preneurs (Pty) Ltd collects waste from a network of Waste-preneurs, businesses, schools and charitable organisations, sorts and bales materials at depots and sells it to recyclers. In 2012, the organisation collected and recycled over 4 million kg’s of recyclable waste.

“Given the company’s reach, Engen’s investment will significantly boost recycling efforts, and promote black empowerment and local enterprises,” says Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray, Engen’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs.

“It is a multi-faceted investment with far-reaching impact, allowing us to integrate socio-economic imperatives with enterprise development elements to help Wildlands’ Waste-preneurs build sustainable businesses. In addition, we are contributing to Wildlands’ business efficiencies,” added Sulaiman-Bray.

In return, Engen will receive carbon credits, supporting its sustainability and planet change agenda.

Waste-preneurs* are individuals from rural communities who collect recyclable waste and barter it with Wildlands for redeemable vouchers which they can use to purchase livelihood support items such as food, clothing, education support, Jojo tanks and bicycles,

For more information please contact Khanyisa Balfour on (021) 403 4531 or via email on khanyisa.balfour@engenoil.com or Laurenl@wildlands.co.za