GROBLERSDAL/HLOGOTLOU – In a move to enhance waste management within Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) the Department of Environmental Affairs visited the R20million funded project in the local municipality comprising the Groblersdal Landfill Site and Hlogotlou Waste Transfer Station in Monsterlus.
According to the local municipality the area had been marred with improper waste management for years prior to the department’s intervention in the form of providing funding towards the upgrading of the two facilities.
The department embarked on a tour to showcase the R20 million Working on Water Programme, one of its initiatives that contribute towards eradication of poverty and creation of sustainable job opportunities for the youth, women and people living with disabilities in particular.
The programme further aims to create support mechanisms for the protection of the environment and create sustainable livelihoods through recycling of waste collection and minimization.
Working on Waste, implemented in accordance with the requirements of government’s Expanded Public Works Programme hired a total of 136 participants of whom 91 are women, 61 are youth and three people living with disability. The beneficiaries were also trained to and acquired skills in different areas including First Aid, Occupational Health Safety, Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Tourism.
It entailed the upgrading of the Groblersdal Landfill Site, Installation of fold lights, demolition of existing old building, construction of a guard house, construction of a septic tank and a French drain, recycling of waste products, the upgrading of Hlogotlou Waste Transfer Station through construction of a new guard house, erection of a concrete palisade fence, paving and kerbing for roads, planting of trees, purchasing of grass cutting machine and five compactor refuse containers, waste collection and recycling.
Tshepo Mthombeni, EMLM Environmental Officer, said through the department’s project the local municipality would no longer have to bear the brunt of uncontrolled waste contributing immensely towards environmental pollution in its entirety.
Oscar Masilana, DEA Provincial Project Manager, said the project, Working on Waste, was brought to the local municipality following the success of its application after its delegation attended a projects presentation held every three years by the department.
EMLM Acting Mayor, Samaria Mashilo, said the local municipality was previously troubled by illegal entrances into both Groblersdal Landfill Site and the Hlogotlou Waste Transfer Station where people also illegally occupied the sites and causing unnecessary fires.
“These project will help us move away from the problems aforementioned,” concluded Mashilo.