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Jobs rise from waste

About 75% of the waste pro­duced in Kimberley and the surrounding area ends up at landfill sites, of which most is burned.

This is the impetus behind establishing a new SMME, named Move-On-Up, which is aimed at reducing the strain on the landfill by recovering recyclables.

“My education as a mechanical engineer, and now being father of two, has led to a passion for changing and saving the environment through waste management,” said Edgar Ndebele, entrepreneur and owner of Move-On-Up, a 100% black owned youth enterprise based in Kimberley, which is supported by Droogfontein Solar Power.

The solar plant has chosen to support this local business, which employs five people and has the potential to create more jobs.

“It is widely accepted that incineration practices do not enhance sustainability, but rather leave behind a lasting and negative environmental footprint. Plus, this business has the potential to employ local youth,” said Hlengiwe Radebe, economic development director at Droogfontein.

Move-On-Up is responsible for the collection, separation and recovery of waste, achieved by establishing relationships with recycling partners.

The funding provided by the solar plant has provided equipment, tools and working capital.

The business is set to focus on youth employment.

“We are establishing a process plant for the recovery and sorting of recyclables and have plans to eventually take over the municipal landfill site if the opportunity allows,” concluded Ndebele.

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