Recycling Project in South Africa
Protecting the environment and boosting employment
Our recycling project in South Africa not only helps to protect nature, it also contributes to progress and development in the local community.
In partnership with the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) and local partners, we have initiated a recycling project in the township of Smash Block, between Northam and Thabazimbi – near to the Thaba CRONIMET Chrome-Platinum Mine. After a careful planning phase, the project was implemented in May 2012. It is estimated that between ten and fifteen thousand residents live in the township.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
By separating materials including glass, paper/cardboard, cans and PET bottles, we aim to actively improve the township's waste management situation. Aside from helping the environment, the collection and separation of recyclable materials creates a source of income for Smash Block's largely unemployed population. The project has already significantly reduced environmental pollution and considerably improved the local population's income situation.
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
The recycling project is a public private partnership (PPP) programme maintained by CRONIMET Mining with the support of CRONIMET Chrome Mining SA. The project receives half its funding from the DEG, which manages public funds from Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.