South Africa: Waste sector has the potential to create more than 50 000 new jobs

Ramaphosa greets security personnel at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa, May 5, 2017. Photo : Reuters

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa recently disclosed that the waste sector has the potential to create more than 50 000 new jobs and empower Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs).

The President highlighted this on Friday while addressing the official launch of the Good Green Deeds campaign at the Sisa Dukashe stadium, Mdantsane, in East London.

“South Africans must look at waste from an economic perspective as the green economy of the waste sector has the potential to create jobs and empower Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), said Ramaphosa.

“This is a sector that has the potential to create 69 000 new jobs and empower more SMMEs and cooperatives. The chemicals industry, valued at R426 billion, is another growth area.”

According to SAnews, the government has through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) granted a R14 million loan to the Jackson AfriWaste Plastic Palletisation Plant, an organisation that collects, sorts, washes and sanitises plastics for companies that produce products that are made of plastics.

Meanwhile, the President visited the plant that is providing financial freedom to its employees through a 15% stake of the company, based in Mdantsane.

The plant is one of the Operation Phakisa Chemicals and Waste Economy initiative that was also launched by the President.

The Operation Phakisa Chemicals and Waste Economy is aimed at unlocking Africa’s largest chemicals industry valued at USD 30 billion, while reducing environmental footprint.

The Operation Phakisa Chemicals and Waste Economy is anchored by the inputs and contributions of local, provincial and national government and their relevant agencies, business, Non-Government Organisations, Academia, Research institutions including higher learning institutions.

Jackson AfriWaste Plastic Palletisation Plant CEO Phumeza Ceshemba said the company currently employs 17 employees and has about 100 beneficiaries who collect plastic for the plant.

“They are benefiting from the waste because we buy from them, they include the waste pickers, cooperatives and SMMEs,” she said.

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