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  • 03 May 2018

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Eco futures Expo currently underway at King Edward High School on a mission to expose young people to the opportunities and benefits of a future in the green environmental realm.
Learners are being encouraged to follow opportunities available in the green economy.

Organised by Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme an umbrella body made up of Environmental Rural Solutions (ERS), Conservation SA, Department of Enviromental Affairs and DEDEAT in partnership with Matatiele Local Municipality.

Government has discussed the development of green economy for years, but have not yet taken up the potential it has for jobs and entreprise creation.

These partners are strongly committed to unleashing the potential of the green economy, so more programmes to support millions of green initiatives for young people must be developed.

Sustainable development is a core organising idea in the NDP and it endorses the need to move to a low carbon economy, while acknowledging that this transition will require innovative sollutions.
One of those solutions is UmAfrica General Trading recycling company owned by Zimasa Ndlela Mgubho village in Ward 17. The company recycles all types of waste in Matatiele compress it and is sold to Impact Recycling in Durban. This young entrepreneur currently employs 6 permanent staff and more than 18 casuals.

"If the municipality can build a buy back centre where we can buy all types of recyclables", says Ms Ndlela.
Another young entrepreneur who is for green economy and was funded by the municipality more than R40 000 and R21000 from SEDA is Ms Alink Setloboko from Ward 19.
She is running a water less mobile car wash.

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