Youth Jobs in Waste Programme to improve service delivery and skills capacity in the waste sector

Submitted by: Tholakele Nene, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has launched the Youth Jobs in Waste Programme which aims to lessen the backlog in solid waste services delivery,  create capacity within municipalities, and promote job opportunities and skills development in the waste sector.

The programme was launched following a research study that was conducted by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in 2007 on the status of waste services delivery, as well as capacity at local government level. According to the DEA the study revealed a backlog in solid waste services delivery in all municipalities in the country which motivated the department to launch the programme.

Speaking at the event Molewa said “the waste sector has been identified as one of the critical sectors with the potential to contribute substantially to the generation of jobs within the green economy. It is in this light that the department is increasingly expanding its programmes in job creation and enterprise development programmes in this sector”.

The programme will create 1000 youth job opportunities. The successful candidates will be placed in municipalities across the country as Landfill Site Assistants, Waste Collection Administrators and Environmental Awareness Educators. 

Further work opportunities will be created from the construction activities associated with the building or erection of landfill site offices, ablution facilities, as well as weighpad platforms at landfill sites across the country. It is also expected that some of the young people recruited into the Programme will move on to further their environmental careers, either in other employment sectors or become involved in business ventures.

The Programme will be rolled out in five provinces around the country, namely Free State, North West, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. Free State will see 330 young people recruited for the project. There will be 326 in North West and 140 each for Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

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Tholakele Nene