Recycling is not simply a nice thing to do, for many individuals in South Africa, recycling is a means to earning some money.
Waste pickers are a common sight in South Africa and a triple threat partnership aims to make the lives of these individuals easier.
The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, the City of Cape Town and Distell have launched an initiative that encourages residents in Khayelitsha to recycle.
The initiative has seen the creation of Buy Back Centres, waste management hubs where waste pickers can deposit their collections and receive money.
A key feature of the Buy Back Centres is interconnectivity which is where Telkom comes in. The network operator has said that it will keep the Buy Back Centres online.
“It makes sense for us as Telkom to supply the Buy Back Centres with the connectivity that they need to ensure that they operate their businesses seamlessly with little disruption in their processes. Such places are some of the key sources of the solutions we need, not only to job creation as it relates to the big issue of unemployment in our country, but also to ensuring a cleaner and safer environment for us all,” explained Telkom chief marketing officer, Gugu Mthembu.
Having the Buy Back Centres able to communicate is key which is why the tripartite alliance enlisted Kudoti. Kudoti is a local startup that has created an app that enhances work output and efficiencies.
“The Buy Back Center registers the environmental agents’ profile and logs trainings, equipment provided, the amount of waste collected by them and the price paid into Kudoti. The system also provides proof of work to the Buy Back Centers and environmental agents alike. Finally, it provides management data to the project managers and sponsors. Telkom ensures that the Buy Back Centres are online to be able to do this. It’s a perfect partnership,” explains co-founder and chief product officer at Kudoti, Prasenjit Sinha.
While there isn’t word on how long this project will be operational for, we are hopeful that initiatives such as this are expanded upon in other areas in South Africa.
“These businesses contribute significantly to the green economy and answer some of the more immediate actions we need to take as a society to lessen the climate emergency through recycling and taking care of our environment,” Telkom’s chief marketing officer concluded.
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