OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF TOOLS OF TRADE TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN WASTE PICKERS ASSOCIATION
uMgungundlovu District Municipality hosted the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Barbara Thomson on 20 April 2017 where she handed over waste pickers’ trolleys to the South African Waste Pickers Association in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal.
Waste picking is a source of revenue that can be accessible to majority of individuals in society. These individuals have in the past converted retail store trolleys into a convenient means of transport to move the collected waste materials. The handover of the 15 trolleys will improve the economic status of 15 individuals.
At the event, the Mayor of uMgungundlovu District Municipality Cllr T.E Maphumulo emphasised the importance of supporting waste management initiatives as they contribute to job creation and improving the quality of life for all.
In her key note address, the Deputy Minister said: “Recycling has enormous economic potential. Conservative estimates put the financial value of the formal South African waste sector at R15 billion. It is time that we focus on the economic potential of recycling.”
Referring to the job creation opportunities in the sector, the Deputy Minister called on local businesses and entrepreneurs to explore the economic opportunities provided through waste recycling and involve our youth and women in such interventions as they are most affected by unemployment and poverty.
The South African Waste Pickers Association, Groundwork, Petco and MPACT are among the organizations that have partnered with the Department of Environmental Affairs to support emerging waste pickers, through campaigns such as the handover initiative.