A local youth-owned micro-business operating in Sol Plaatje municipality, ‘Move-On-Up’, received a donation of a truck from Droogfontein Solar Power to assist with its duties of recycling waste collections and deliveries.
A LOCAL youth-owned micro-business operating in Sol Plaatje municipality, ‘Move-On-Up’, received a donation of a truck from Droogfontein Solar Power to assist with its duties of recycling waste collections and deliveries.
The donation was part of Droogfontein’s local development initiative.
The entity is one of the SMMEs benefiting from development support that forms part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s Enterprise Development Programme.
The programme was lauded for its keen focus on fostering the growth of SMMEs within the Sol Plaatje Municipal District.
Move-On-Up’s services include collections, separations and recoveries of recyclables.
As part of its ongoing support for youth-owned SMMEs, the solar plant stepped in to provide the much-needed truck to help reduce the amount of recycling collection loads and increase the enterprise’s efficiency and productivity, which will in turn improve business viability and create offer growth opportunities.
Droogfontein Solar Power’s SMME initiatives aim to assist and accelerate the sustainability of local enterprises by providing financial resources in Kimberley, Riverton, Ritchie, and Barkly West.
Approximately 75% of Kimberley’s waste stream is reported to end up in landfill sites, with most of this waste being burned, causing harm to the environment.
As a result, recovering recyclables enables this 100% black-owned enterprise to decrease the air-pollution levels associated with landfills, which in the long run reduces the pressure on the environment.
Move-On-Up accomplishes this through established relationships with local recycling partners in the area.
The Economic Development Officer of Droogfontein Solar Power Zuki Ndlela said they have chosen to support the local business in this way because the incineration of waste results in an irreversible and harmful environmental legacy, which rural South Africa cannot afford.
“Recycling and re-using are fundamentally responsible for reducing net environmental impact, as well as providing a sustainable social business model,” said Ndlela.