Case study: Pooling our resources to keep the Greater Lonmin Community clean
It is not only our mining and processing teams that need to tackle the challenges of waste management. Waste management is one of the most dynamic industries in the world, with requirements that vary from massive scale industrial waste right down to domestic waste. Managing the large volumes of waste that accompany economic growth is a global challenge.
Recognising the growing problem of waste in the GLC – an issue raised at various stakeholder meetings Lonmin has partnered with the innovative waste management company, TedCor, to offer a reliable waste removal service to the residents of the GLC, with Lonmin providing the investment and TedCor acting as the project’s managing agents. The project is still in pilot phase. 86% of an estimated 86,000 of the community members have no waste and refuse management services.
TedCor has over 12 years of experience in providing waste management solutions in disadvantaged communities in South Africa, and their model shares some interesting features with Lonmin’s integrated approach to sustainable development. TedCor is committed to public-private partnerships, and managing and mentoring small enterprises to empower community members through the transfer of skills. Working with and training members of the local community means they become contractors to TedCor, and are given access to a source of income. The invitation for all interested community parties to manage refuse and waste in the GLC resulted in 26 applications. We have procured new trucks for this partnership. The short-term objective is to start collating household refuse, clear illegal waste sites and engage 30 youth members on a short term contract. Our long-term objective is to have a revenue collection system in place to sustain the service and to build the capacity of local government.
We realise that the local municipalities simply don’t have the necessary capacity to service the growing informal settlements. The delivery of a waste removal service is the legal mandate of the Madibeng and Rustenburg local municipalities and therefore their respective buy-in on the project is required, and so far, we have received great support from these corners. On-going consultation with both the local municipalities and the communities will continue to bring success to the project.
We have initiated a domestic waste removal delivery service which will serve over 20,000 households in the GLC and in doing so, provide much needed employment to 30 people in the community. We have set spent R4,300,000 (US$ 534,161) this year on the project.