Recycling blossoms in Springbok
In 2015, the far-flung community of Springbok, a town situated in the heart of the Northern Cape’s Namaqualand spring-flower country, saw the benefit of the Entrepreneurship Course and within hours of its conclusion, community members were already pulling together a co-operative. Some 20 local residents committed to using recycling as the medium through which they can gain a regular income in a region stressed by acute unemployment. The group is in the process of forming a venture to be known as the Namakwa Recycling Cooperative. While paper recycling is obviously their prime focus, they will also collect other recyclable materials like PET, glass and metals to aid the viability of the cooperative as a sustainable operation.
Windows of opportunity
In early 2016, the Entrepreneurship Course was offered to a group of Mpumalanga-based residents following a call for assistance from a local pastor. Through the course, the participants were alerted to some of the benefits of establishing a co-operative, which could stand them in good stead in the future. “The course was very beneficial as it helped change their way of thinking. It has given them a greater understanding of the ins and outs of waste collection, separation and recycling, as well as the motivation to help them progress in their new venture.” Pastor Kekana.
KZN Society for the Blind
In June 2015, RecyclePaperZA guided 10 partially sighted and seven disabled participants of the Durban and uMzimkhulu branches of the KZN Society for the Blind through the Entrepreneurship Course which was adapted for better readability, understanding and interaction. RecyclePaperZA and the Society are collaborating to demarcate and secure a suitable site on the Society’s premises.