WASTE PICKERS MARCH: TSHWANE COUNCIL WASTING JOBS - Waste pickers demand that Tshwane council support and recognise their livelihood!

Pietermaritzburg Waste Pickers in 2015 during a protest against the city's unwillingness to create more recycling jobs.

Pietermaritzburg Waste Pickers in 2015 during a protest against the city's unwillingness to create more recycling jobs.

31 October 2017 - On Wednesday, 1 November 2017, more than 500 waste pickers from Pretoria will take to the streets marching against the City of Tshwane council for failing to deliver jobs that were promised to them in 2011 at a meeting that was held in August 2011. The protest will take place between 9:00 in the morning and ending at 12:00 midday. The assembly point will be in Marabastad Park, waste pickers will march to Tshwane House. The Tshwane council are failing to support and recognise waste pickers and waste recycling projects are being privatised despite the existence of waste picker cooperatives in the city. A memorandum will be handed over to a representative of the Tshwane council at the end of the march.

Waste pickers across the country face a number of challenges that threatens their livelihoods. These challenges are fuelled by the lack of recognition or support of waste pickers by their local councils such as the City of Tshwane. This challenge does not match the government’s rhetoric of ‘green jobs’. Department of Environmental Affairs through Waste Act 2008 recognise waste pickers and it is very saddening that the Tshwane Council fails to also recognise waste pickers.

The national movement of waste pickers, the South African Waste Pickers’ Association (SAWPA)[1] and environmental justice NGO, groundWork[2] , are calling for a country wide recognition of waste pickers’ contribution to the environment, Municipalities in general face a huge challenge in terms of waste management, the existence of the waste pickers contributes positively in terms of waste minimisation through recycling. Poor management of waste poses a major health risk and pollutes the environment and fuels the climate change

SAWPA is urging civil society and/or individuals to demand a waste management system based on recycling.  Join us during this peaceful march as we voice our grievances to our local municipality

Details of the march are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Location: Assembly point will be at in Marabastad Park and it ends at Tshwane House
Time: 09h00 – 12h00

For more information call:

Simon Mbata
Spokesperson at South African Waste Pickers’ Association
Email: simon.mbata@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0) 79 104 7494

Msindo Makhanya
Gauteng organiser for South African Waste Pickers’ Association
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 863 2537

Musa Chamane
Waste Campaign Manager at groundWork
Email: musa@groundwork.org.za
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 380 2237

[1] SAWPA is a national movement of people working on waste dumps and in streets collecting waste and earning an income from selling this waste material for recycling. They have over 10 000 affiliates from all provinces.

[2]   groundWork is an environmental justice organisation working with community people from around South Africa, and increasingly Southern Africa, on environmental justice and human rights issues focusing on Air Quality, Climate and Energy Justice, Waste and Environmental Health. groundWork is the South African member of Friends of the Earth International and a member of the Global Anti-Incineration Alliance (GAIA).