Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson hands over Newcastle Buyback and Play Parks Project
The department through its Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme has funded two projects in Newcastle Local Municipality. In implementing the projects the programme uses labour intensive methods as per the requirements of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). In the greater municipal area of Newcastle , the department has committed to the following number of interventions:
- KZN – Newcastle Buyback Centre project
- KZN – Provision of Six Play Parks to previously disadvantaged areas project
These projects are classified according to the following focus areas namely: Greening and Open Space Management which focuses on initiatives geared towards the development of environmentally friendly parks as well as the Working on Waste which focus on wastecollection, disposal, rehabilitation, landfill sites development and recycling initiatives.
Project implementation commenced on 07 November 2013 and was completed on 30 November 2015. The project entailed the construction of a waste recycling centre with an office block and ablution facilities, there is a concrete palisade fence, a guard house and a vehicular gate. The centre is connected to the local water and sewer networks, there is also a shaded steel structure used as parking. Also included is the recycling equipment e.g. bailing machine, scale, trolleys, cages and some office furniture.
The objective thereof is to ensure that whilst addressing the mandate of the department, job creation, small business development and skills development opportunities are created.
The project was aimed at assisting Newcastle Local Municipality on waste management challenges.
In addition to this, the above projects have provided training opportunities to local people employed in the projects. A total of 98 beneficiaries were employed on the project, 54 being women, 63 youth and 1 person living with disability. Participants were given non - accredited in the following fields: occupational health and safety, personal financial management and HIV and AIDS. The following interventions were done on accredited training: waste management, horticulture and assistant chef course.
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, will officially hand over a Waste Buyback Centre and Recreational Play Parks to the Newcastle Community at the Osizweni Community Hall, Newcastle KwaZulu-Natal province as follows:
Date: 02 November 2016
Venue: Osizweni Community Hall
Time: 08h30 -13h00