The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Septem­ber 3, 1991 — Cde Maxwell Sibanda (41) is one of the many peo­ple who, at 7.30 ev­ery morn­ing re­port for “work” at a place in Pu­mula, Bu­l­awayo, in a bid to eke out a liv­ing. But un­like most peo­ple in em­ploy­ment, Cde Sibanda and his fel­low “work­ers” work at “mara”, the mu­nic­i­pal rub­bish dump.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the dump­ing site re­cently, about 20 peo­ple were found rest­ing, wait­ing for refuse trucks and other ve­hi­cles to bring in fresh garbage. Like any of those in em­ploy­ment th­ese peo­ple have to make them­selves feel as much at home at their “work­place” through­out the day.

The Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil of­fers ten­ders ev­ery year to em­ploy­ers in­ter­ested in send­ing their work­ers to scav­enge for any re­us­able ma­te­rial at the dumps. The Di­rec­tor of Health Ser­vices, Dr Ban­net Ny­athi, said the com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als who re­sponded to the ten­ders were charged a fee which var­ied de­pend­ing on what was be­ing sought. Some of those hired by com­pa­nies make as lit­tle as $5 a week while oth­ers some­times make a s much as $30 within the same pe­riod from sell­ing what they find to com­pa­nies which re cy­cle the ma­te­rial.

Cde Dani Ncube is about 70 years old and is prob­a­bly the old­est among th­ese peo­ple. He picks old cloth­ing and pieces of cloth for a lo­cal com­pany which pays him and his col­leagues a com­mis­sion.

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