Redisa gets a tongue lash­ing by Min­is­ter Edna Molewa

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Roy Cokayne

THE RE­CY­CLING and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive of South Africa’s (Redisa) failed mis­er­ably in achiev­ing the tar­gets of its own waste tyre plan.

En­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs min­is­ter Edna Molewa said in an af­fi­davit in sup­port of a suc­cess­ful Cape High Court ap­pli­ca­tion for Redisa’s liq­ui­da­tion that one of the aims of the Redisa plan was to cre­ate the 10 000 new and per­ma­nent jobs in the green econ­omy.

But Molewa said the 3 254 jobs al­legedly cre­ated by Redisa also included an al­leged 128 em­ploy­ees at de­pots, the head of­fice and the 2 155 mi­cro col­lec­tors, which left only 1 099 jobs ac­tu­ally cre­ated.

Redisa there­fore cre­ated only about 15 per­cent of the pro­jected tar­get of jobs in terms of the ap­proved Redisa plan, she said.

Redisa re­ported in May last year that it had sup­ported 121 trans­porters, but 2 900 trans­porters should have been en­gaged in year four of the plan. “This con­sti­tutes a mas­sive un­der per­for­mance by Redisa in terms of the tar­gets set in its plan,” Molewa said.

The claim by Redisa that its ac­tiv­i­ties had re­sulted in the cre­ation of 226 small busi­nesses could not be ver­i­fied, be­cause proper doc­u­men­ta­tion was not pro­vided.

She said that from the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Redisa, it seemed that about 60 000 tons of waste tyres a year were not col­lected, leav­ing about 180 000 tons of waste tyres not ac­counted for over a three-year pe­riod, ex­clud­ing his­tor­i­cal stock­piles of waste tyres pre­vi­ously in cir­cu­la­tion.

In con­tra­ven­tion of the Redisa plan, waste tyres were also ex­ported to China and In­dia.

Redisa al­leged that the de­part­ment gave them per­mis­sion to do so, but could not pro­vide any proof of such per­mis­sion by the de­part­ment.

Molewa said Redisa was “very eco­nom­i­cal with the truth” in claim­ing that it had met and in cer­tain as­pects ex­ceeded its am­bi­tious per­for­mance tar­gets, adding there was a lack of in­tegrity in the doc­u­men­ta­tion em­a­nat­ing from Redisa and clear and de­lib­er­ate mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions. Redisa spent more of the pub­lic funds it col­lected on “man­age­ment” and other ex­penses than on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its plan, which was sup­posed to be its core busi­ness.

“There seemed to be a high and con­tin­u­ous set-up cost with lim­ited im­ple­men­ta­tion and roll-out of the tyre re­cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said. roy.cokayne@inl.co.za

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