The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi will on Friday, 28/06/13, handover the R7.5m KwaMashu Buy Back Centre to the eThekwini Municipality. She will be joined by the Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo and the MEC of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, Dr Meshack Radebe.
The objective of this project is to address waste management issues by providing the Buy Back Centre and composting facilities as well as equipment associated with the operations of the Buy Back centre and also to promote recycling.
 
The project has created about 100 jobs for people around KwaMashu. It has also contributed towards SMME development as the company appointed for construction on site was a local contractor.
The establishment of the Centre has created employment opportunities for the locals as people around KwaMashu collect recyclable waste and sells it to the operator at the Buy Back Centre.
Members of the media are invited to attend this launch which is scheduled as follows:
 
Date: 28 June 2013
Time: 08:30
Venue: KwaMashu Buy Back Centre
Part 2: Greenest Municipality Competition Awards
Deputy Minister will then proceed to the Marianhill Landfill site to present the national Greenest Municipal Competition Awards. The Awards have in recent years evolved from a mere focus on environmental protection to a sustainable development focus. They incorporate new elements such as Water Management, Energy Efficiency, Tree planting, Landscaping, Beautification, Public participation and Institutional Arrangement. The GMC has grown to see a need to address environmental protection, social upliftment and economic growth.
Transport for members of the media will be available at the City Hall car park at 08:00.
Date: 28 June 13
Time: 14:00
Venue: Marianhill Landfill Site
 
For RSVPs and media enquiries, please contact the following officials:
Khaya Sengani on 031 311 4808, cell 0833396065 and or email: Khayelihle.sengani@durban.gov.za./Gugu.Mdlalose on 031 311 4807, cell 0729444835 and or email: Gugu.Mdlalose@durban.gov.za.
For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 013 311 4820 or 0827317456 or email mofokengthabo@durban.gov.za.
Issued by the eThekwini Communications Unit. Contact Khaya on 031 311 4808 or email Khayelihle.Sengani@durban.gov.za.