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Minister Edna Molewa to hand over school desks in Uthukela, KZN

21 October 2015

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, will hand over school desks to (Sakhelwa High School, on Friday 23 October 2015, at the Uthukela District Municipality in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The handing over of school desks is part of the Minister’s visit to the UKhahlamba region.

The desks to be handed over are made out of biomass from cleared Invasive Alien Plants and manufactured at the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Working for Water Eco Furniture factory situated in KwaZulu-Natal. The Working for Water Programme has piloted value-added industry options, in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Invasive Alien Species Programme (KZN IASP). These initiatives have shown the viability of utilising invasive alien biomass to create jobs, in making value-added products relevant to Government’s needs, and reducing the cost of clearing the invasive plants.

The product that has become the short-term major focus has been the manufacturing of school desks. High-quality, durable, solid-wooden desks are being manufactured for less than half the cost of chipboard desks that last a fraction of the time of the Eco-desks.

The media is invited to attend the event as follows:

Date: Friday 23 October 2015

Venue: Sakhelwa High School, Section E, Ezakheni Township

Time: 10:00

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372 
Tel: 021 405 9439
E-mail: EMulibana@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483