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Youth see job opportunities in recycling

Youth see job opportunities in recycling

Jul 11, 2015

Moss Mokgodi works in a cooperative based in Soweto, creating a cleaner environment for the Soweto community. He assists Pikitup on waste separation, sourcing waste and collecting recyclable waste.

Mokgodi recently won the Dedication to Recycling award at the REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa) inaugural Recognition Awards. The purpose of this award is to recognise and celebrate the people who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of, and realisation of a sustainable recycling business; bringing to life the REDISA ‘Waste into Worth’ concept.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry Cooperatives Development and Support Programme Report, 88% of the cooperatives registered fail. The reasons for failure include poor cash flow management, lack of business knowledge and skills, and most importantly member conflicts.

REDISA is working with cooperatives to reduce the tyre waste in landfills and at informal tyre dealers, while creating job opportunities for thousands. Stacey Davidson, director of REDISA, believes that in order to create an environment in which SMME cooperatives can thrive, and create further job opportunities, it is essential for ‘incubation’ style initiatives to lead the way. By incubating small businesses and entrepreneurs, these individuals will be provided the skills transfer, support and training necessary to grow successful businesses.

As an example, over two years REDISA has been able to put 80% of revenue collected from the waste management fee back into local communities by creating a market for the handling of waste. This has resulted in over 2000 jobs and 180 small businesses developed.

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