‘Turn waste into clean energy’
Tefo Vincent Kgang wants to turn his recycling business into a power generation venture to help neighbourhood
A YOUNG entrepreneur in Wolmaranstad wants to turn his recycling business into a power generation venture that can assist his neighbourhood.
Tefo Vincent Kgang from Rulaganyang Basha cleaning services cooperative that operates from Tswelelang township, said waste has successfully been turned into power in advanced economies like Sweden and the same can be done in the province.
The cooperative recieved money from the finance, economy and enterprise development (Feed) department to purchase machinery for its operations.
“We needed funding to kick-start our recycling business. Through Feed, we managed to locate the machinery that we needed in the Eastern Cape and it was bought to the tune of R120000,” Kgang said.
He further said the cooperative aimed to develop a buy-back centre and to recycle both recyclable and non-recyclable materials and generate power out of that.
The major hindrances so far are money and a suitable site for the business.
“Our ideal site is the official municipal dumping site which has the quantity of waste that we need. The site that we are occupying does not have all the necessities to make our business flourish but we remain hopeful that we’ll get the necessary assistance,” Kgang said.
He said the aim is to incinerate combustible material and be able to turn the energy generated into power that can assist the community.
The Feed department has encouraged aspiring young entrepreneurs in and around Maquassi Hills to seek assistance or grow their businesses during the recent villages, townships and small dorpies entrepreneurship development campaign.
An information session was held for the business sector to share ideas as part of the Roma Nna Setsokotsane 10x10 campaign that is continuing in the municipality.
Addressing business people like Kgang, Thabo Ramogogane from Feed said it was important for upcoming entrepreneurs to approach the department and be registered on the central supplier database.
“We offer economic empowerment funds, access to markets to expose their products to a larger and broader market in the country as well as training,” Ramogogane said.
“We have partnership, with the National Youth Development Agency and skills education training authorities for training. Our funding starts from R100 to R100000. You need to send your proposal with all the necessary documentation for assistance.”
Tsholofelo Khonyane is another entrepreneur who aims to penetrate the recycling industry where she intends to focus on non-biodegradable waste.
“Through Feed’s programmes, especially access to markets, I’m able to find places where I can supply my rubber once my business in operational. All young people need to do is to set up different business to eliminate unnecessary competition which create tensions among local business people,” Khonyane said.
The Roma Nna Setsokotsane 10x10 campaign continues this week in Maquassi Hills with the municipality implementing different campaigns such as roads and street lights fixing, rates, taxes, education, greed, crime, corruption, human settlements, water and sanitation.
POWER GENERATION: Tefo Vincent Kgang of Rulaganyang Basha cleaning services cooperative.