Recycling currently creates 1 00 000 j obs in South Africa, according to Donna- Mari Noble, communications manager at Mpact Recycling, a collector of recyclabes. “Informal recyclers can earn between R20 and R150 per day from salvaging,” she says. “It doesn’t sound like much, but for some it is the only source of income.”
Stats SA recently announced an unemployment rate of 25% for the second quarter. This was down from 26.4% in the previous quarter.
The outlook for SA’s unemployment rate remains bleak, however, as economic growth for 2015 is expected to be relatively l ow, at around 2%. Fears are that the mining industry, which has been under pressure due to declining commodity prices and rising costs, could be forced to shed more jobs going forward.