George Municipality has a new business partner, Kathaka RAW Enterprises, on board to combat illegal dumping by providing skips in areas that still need these urgently and to educate communities on how to turn their refuse into money.
Kathaka RAW Enterprises started with a pilot project in Maraiskamp last week as a part of the social responsibility programme, where they used 20 community members and 25 EPWP workers from the Municipality to clean a dumping site on the corner of Kloof and Marlyn Streets. One of the five skips the company made available, was put up at this corner. The company paid each community a small incentive of R5 per bag they filled on the day with recyclables (this arrangement was ONLY for the one day to encourage people to recycle). The other four will be put up at hotspots in Pacaltsdorp, Thembalethu, Conville and Rosemoor.
According to Max Modise, Director of Kathaka RAW Enterprises (PTY)LTD, it was found that 70 % of all South African household waste is recyclable. “People throw money away by dumping electronic waste, plastics, paper, tin, glass bottles and milk cartons.”
Modise thanked the Municipality for agreeing to partner with his company in this endeavour. “As a corporate business citizen of George, we recognise that what we are attempting to do may have been done before, but we would like to do it slightly differently!”
Modise said they are hopeful that they can set the right example and educate the public but also recognise that they will not conquer the scourge of illegal dumping and be able to provide the right alternatives to the communities, if they do not do it as an inclusive partnership.
Executive Mayor of George, Ald Leon van Wyk, said Kathaka RAW is a company who is doing their corporate social responsibility in the communities they are doing business in. The Municipality have entered into a memorandum of understanding from 1 May 2021 for a six month period as part of a corporate social responsibility.
“We commend them for this initiative and encourage other companies to get into business with the Municipality,” Van Wyk said.
Mayor Van Wyk said the community involvement in this project encourages citizens to become active in contributing to making George a better place to live in.
Illegal dumping is still a crime!
What is illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping is anything you throw away in a place where it does not belong.
• If you know who is dumping illegally, report them to 044 801 6350 or email@example.com or 044 801 6300 (a/h).
• Information that will help the case for a warning or fine: car description and/or registration number, address of alleged perpetrator, type of waste and address of where it was dumped. A cellphone photo of dumping in action will help, but is not essential.
• Report dumped waste for collection to 044 802 2900 or 044 801 6300 (a/h).
ILLEGAL DUMPING IS EVERYBODY’S PROBLEM
If you throw your junk just anywhere, it will eventually become your problem some way or another. It can make you sick or kill you.
Caption: Max Modise, Director of Kathaka Raw Enterprises, Executive Mayor of George Ald Leon van Wyk and Cllr Sean Snyman, Portfolio Councillor for Community Services during the cleanup at the illegal dumping site in Maraikamp.