Interwaste and the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum celebrated the successful completion and graduation of 16 underprivileged Olifantsfontein/Tembisan students, selected to form part of NQF Level 1 – 4 training in Waste Management, at Interwaste’s world-class FG Landfill facility in Midrand.
Says Rajes Pillay, Human Resources Director at Interwaste: “If we consider that 50% of entrepreneurs in South Africa are youth – with female entrepreneurs making up 47% of the pool – then there really is a great opportunity to drive real skills to those people that will one day be our leaders of tomorrow. In fact, skills development and training form a critical pillar to South Africa’s continued improvement in GDP and in alleviating poverty within the country.”
“With an increasing unemployment rate locally – training and development is becoming ever more important where corporate South Africa have a fundamental role to play in encouraging and facilitating skills development, giving South Africans the confidence to rise beyond their current situations, skill up and become solid contributing members of society and we believe that projects such as this are key to this change.”
These learners – who form part of the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum – underwent an accredited Waste Management NQF Level 1 to 4 course at Interwaste’s FG Landfill facility in Midrand. The aim of this course was to transfer critical waste management skills to the youth, women in particular, in order to give them not only a qualification that they can use to improve their lives and form part of the formal working community but, very importantly, that they too could drive awareness within the community around waste management and the role we all play in effective waste management.
The course was hosted by Interwaste and facilitated by Kobus Meyer from the Institute of Waste Management, covering a period of 8 days, over 4 months. Course content included the following areas:
NQF Level 1 – Handling and Disposal of Waste
NQF Level 2 – Separate, handle, store, treat and transport waste
NQF Level 3 – Collect data for environmental management purposes
NQF Level 4 – Implement environmental improvements to a site, facility, operation or process
All students were selected by the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum.
“We are so very proud of these students who have not only passed but have excelled in this training programme. More than this, they have really lived up to the primary aim of the Siyangena Forum by becoming advocates for improving the community and environment within the Olifantsfontein area,” says Elizabeth Mokotong from The Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum.
“As they move forward with this new-found knowledge, they have a sound role to play in creating sustainable projects and enabling collaboration within the greater Olifantsfontein community – critical to sound community development and sustainable waste management practices.
“Furthermore, we are of course, very thankful to the department of Environmental Affairs for their passion, inspiration and for setting the standards for Environmental sustainability” concludes Mokotong.
“We are very proud to have been part of this critical training programme and would like to congratulate each of these self-motivated, go-getters by proudly honouring them today and we look forward to their contribution to the waste management sector in the near future,” concludes Pillay.
About Interwaste Holdings Ltd
Interwaste is a leading environmental solutions management company in South Africa and SADC region, offering holistic environmental solutions, ranging from legal compliance, technical services, on-site management services, resource recovery, solid and liquid waste treatment, waste commodity trading, waste logistics, waste disposal and facilities management. Interwaste employs 1500 people nationally, and through them commits itself daily to the highest standards of ethical business practice. Interwaste is a JSE main board listed company with a level 3 BBBEE status with an annual turnover of R825 million.