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Jobcreation and small business opportunities become a reality by looking at waste differently.
Kgosi Ntono is a young man who is passionate about recycling waste and is currently a depot manager in Bloemfontein.
As the depot manager, Kgosi manages one of the 25 REDISA depots situated nationally. His core tasks include managing logistics surrounding the drop-off of waste tyres by transporters and ensuring that the waste tyres are sent to recyclers for processing. “Since 2014 I have been undergoing on-the-job training and learning more about managing the depot, as well as developing business and financial planning skills, which has been incredibly helpful,” says Kgosi.
The depot facilitates the storage and pre-processing of scrap tyres. From the depot they are sent to recyclers for conversion into various new valuable materials that can be used in other industries and markets such as, creating astro-turf, and extracting liquids and gases using the pyrolysis process. This means that industry does not have to constantly rely on virgin materials, and turns what was otherwise thought of as waste into something of worth.
Kgosi was fascinated by how businesses can be developed and employment created, all by looking at waste differently.REDISA works closely with each business, providing training to help depot managers run their businesses efficiently, through the support of experts who can help each one become properly compliant with environmental standards and the technological requirements of the REDISA Plan.
In terms of the depot manager mentorship initiative, “a suitable candidate is selected and mentored by a REDISA employee who has a number of years’ experience working within the tyre industry. REDISA is proud of the mentorship programme and we are especially proud of young people like Kgosi who are part of our team,” says REDISA Director, Stacey Davidson.
Davidson also believes that, in order to create an environment in which SMMEs can thrive and create further job opportunities, it is essential for ‘incubation’ style initiatives to lead the way. In three years of operation, REDISA has made significant strides towards building a viable and sustainable waste management industry focusing on tyre recycling, while creating jobs and enhancing skills for depot operators, transporters and processors.
“By incubating small businesses and entrepreneurs, these individuals will be provided with the skills transfer, support and training necessary to grow successful businesses,” Davidson says.
Kgosi is testament to how lives can change when companies invest in training, mentorship and skills development. He is a naturally innovative and creative person, and when he heard about the REDISA Plan he immediately knew he wanted to be a part of it