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Established businesses share tips with SMMEs

With waste being one of Metro’s challenges, Buffalo City is set to have projects that will help waste entrepreneurs while looking at waste recycling to curb unemployment. On June 12, the BCMM Local Economic Development (LED) department held a workshop for Small Micro Medium Enterprises’ (SMME) who are ready to start businesses focusing on waste recycling at the Border Cricket Stadium.

Speaking at the event, LED Business Development Manager Xolelwa Majiza said, “The objective of the workshop was to create a platform for the SMME’s to interact with the big companies in the recycling space and also create awareness on best practise and methods on how to manage waste in communities.” She added that from the session aims to develop a clear programme of support for the recycling initiatives within the Metro.

The workshop was based on recycling plastic, oil, paper and cartons. Highlighting the needs of the waste recycling sector Caryn Dixon from TETRA PAX said that Buffalo City Metro needs to put a good structure in place to have waste recycling going in the city. “The Buffalo City area is still small in the recycling business. For the municipality to minimize waste it must have a clear policy on waste management and with that in place it can help by outsourcing the mining of land sites. It must also have a working household collector system,” said Dixon. One of the young people who attended the workshop, Xolani Ndikandika said that he was grateful to have attended the session.

“The information I received here today will help me and the co-operation I’m involved in. Now I know where to ask for help and what to avoid. We haven’t started collecting yet but an idea of how to make the business profi table and how best to keep it going. I’m grateful that I got this chance and platform.”

 

10:41 12 Aug 2014

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