The City of Tshwane in partnership with the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and PET
Recycling Company (PETCO) launched a recycling project during the month of
August, aimed at creating jobs and addressing the problem of litter being left at
the zoo by visitors.
The pilot project will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water
cooperative. The cooperative was formed in 2014 by dedicated women of Mamelodi
who have taken it upon themselves to clean up polluted streams in their area.
The zoo has trained
and appointed five previously unemployed Tshwane residents for the project. The
project forms part of the zoo’s environmental management plan and recycling is
just one area in which they are committed to expanding the green footprint.
In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we
are also waging a war on littering, which is the reason for the City’s clean-up
programme called Tswelopele. The latter programme is aimed at intensifying the
cleaning up of the inner city with a particular focus on removing drugs from
our streets, particularly those drugs often found in abandoned buildings.
The City therefore encourages all residents to take action to keep
Tshwane clean at all times.