Engen and Wildlands Launch R4.5 Million Enterprise Development Partnership

Two hundred ‘waste-preneurs’ participating in the Wildland Green-preneurs programme  in South Africa, celebrated the official launch a R4.5 million enterprise development partnership with Engen. Wildlands Green-preneurs (Pty) Ltd collects waste from a network of ‘waste-preneurs’, businesses, schools and charitable organisations – then sorts and bales materials at depots and sells it to recyclers. In 2012, the organisation collected and recycled over 4 million kg’s of recyclable waste.

Engen and Wildlands

L to R: Councillor Mkhasibe, Shirley Moroka (GM HSEQ Engen), Dr Andrew Venter (CEO of Wildlands), Khanyisa Balfour (Group CSI Manager Engen) and Councillor Zuma at the Launch of the revamped Recycling Transfer Station near Midmar. Photographer: Adi Weerheim.

“Given the company’s reach, Engen’s investment will significantly boost recycling efforts, and promote black empowerment and local enterprises,” says Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray, Engen’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs. “It is a multi-faceted investment with far-reaching impact, allowing us to integrate socio-economic imperatives with enterprise development elements to help Wildlands’ Waste-preneurs build sustainable businesses. In addition, we are contributing to Wildlands’ business efficiencies,” added Sulaiman-Bray.

In return for this investment, Engen will receive carbon credits, supporting its sustainability and planet change agenda.

The R4.5 million investment has provided new infrastructure and equipment for the Midmar Recycling Transfer Station, including conveyor belts, glass crushers, a concrete slab for drop-off and loading, and closed sorting sheds which will protect workers from the weather. In addition, it will support two new recycling transfer stations in the eThekwini Municipality and uThungulu Municipality districts – with a vision to do most of the above on a smaller scale.

“The infrastructure will increase the core efficiencies of the recycling processing plants, resulting in Wildlands also being able to increase its current staff complement from 63 to 75 at the depot,” said Wildlands CEO Dr Andrew Venter. “This runs counter to many efficiency-boosting interventions. As sorting and crushing was done manually before, the new infrastructure will speed matters up, allowing Wildlands to increase volumes and work through its stockpile of waste,” Dr Venter explains.

Engen and Wildlands Greenpreneurs

L to R: Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray (GM Corporate Affairs Engen), Dr Andrew Venter (CEO of Wildlands), Khanyisa Balfour (Group CSI Manager Engen) and Principal Siva Gounden (Deccan Road Primary School) at the launch of the Wildlands Green-preneurs Recycling Facility near Midmar, which recycles hundreds of kg’s of waste on a daily basis. Photographer: Adi Weerheim.

 

In addition, Engen’s investment has contributed to the building of a new office block, training centre for 25 people, canteen, kitchen, locker facility and a computer room at the depot, as well as an ablution facility for the disabled, thereby further improving working conditions. In line with Wildland’s commitment to green the environment, the construction of this benchmark facility incorporated the use of upcycled bricks, tables, wood, and second hand computers, electronic equipment and chairs.

“None of these exciting developments would have been possible without Engen. We also need to acknowledge that the upgrading of these facilities is ultimately changing lives – we can now collect more waste, take on more waste-preneurs in rural communities and change the faces of these communities into clean, green environments,” said Dr Venter. 

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