‘Turn waste into clean en­ergy’

Tefo Vin­cent Kgang wants to turn his re­cy­cling busi­ness into a power gen­er­a­tion ven­ture to help neigh­bour­hood

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Free State News - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

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.

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