Waste-pickers – Can they develop beyond survivalism?


Workers On Wednesday 13 June
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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In September last year we looked at the situation of waste-pickers and how their survivalist situation could be improved. We learnt about a project led by Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Mr Lebogang Maile, the Waste Recyclers Project for which a pilot was launched in Tembisa. The project promised thousands of sustainable jobs that would not only provide stable income for waste-pickers but also ensure savings for the state while recycling much more waste. In today’s show we revisit the situation of waste-pickers in the country and assess progress with the promise of the pilot project.


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  • Eli Kodisang – Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) organiser
  • Eva Mokoena – Chairperson Interim Johannesburg Reclaimers Committee



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