Photo by Otto Ngoveni
By: Otto Ngoveni
GIYANI – The Greater Giyani Municipality led by the mayor Cllr Sasavona Salvah Mathebula and her Mayoral Council, held its 1st Waste Management Summit in Giyani Multi-Purpose Hall on Wednesday 27 September 2017.
Different stakeholders took part in the summit, including LEDET, Department of Environmental Affairs, Shandukani Recycling, traditional healers, MK Khambani Primary School, traditional leaders, and several volunteers from different villages around Giyani. The event was celebrated under the theme “Turning waste into a resource.”
On behalf of the municipality’s waste management office, Jullie Somanji outlined the municipality’s state of affairs where she indicated the challenges they encounter on day to day basis such as residents burning dustbins and vandalizing road signs.
“We are busy conducting awareness campaigns but we think it’s not enough because we don’t reach enough people as expected”, said Somanji.
Mrs Idah Ngobeni from LEDET talked about how to become a legitimate waste picker, and also called for unity between the municipality and its traditional leaders.
According to the portfolio responsible for waste, there was a relief in terms of the recycling of disposable nappies. The presentation was made by Mr Peter Mashile who outlined the by-products of disposable nappies.
Shandukani Recycling presented their case study, indicating that they were facing challenges when it came to funding, and sought the municipality’s intervention.
The Environmental affairs department represented by Mr Thabo Hlongwane talked about ways to make money from waste such as PET plastics, as well as possible ways to make money from different projects.
“As the department, we care about our environment and as such we introduced the EPIP funding to help those with the same vision as ours”, said Hlongwane.