eThekwini Municipality conducts virtual workshop to empower MUT students interested in waste management

Sihle Mbeko

In line with health protocols to prevent COVID-19, eThekwini Municipality conducted a workshop for MUT students who are part of the Waste Management Ambassadors (WMA) Community Engagement project. This workshop is conducted face-to-face annually to capacitate students who are interested in managing one of the world’s biggest problems, waste. This year, 60 students from the Departments of Community Extension, Environmental Health and Nature Conservation participated in the workshop.

Sihle Mbeko, Education Officer from eThekwini Cleansing and Solid Waste Division, presented the municipality’s Integrated Waste Management Approach to students, highlighting the value of “Reuse, Reduction and Recycling of waste”.

“Let us start recycling now, for our benefit and the benefit of our future generation,” said Sihle. “Think before you throw anything as it might be of great value.”

The workshop was chaired by Kwanele Chiya, Community Extension student and WMA mentor. Kwanele encouraged other students to think outside the box and come up with innovative ways to help the university with finding solutions to waste management. He encouraged fellow students to consider waste management entrepreneurship as waste is a growing problem. Waste management entrepreneurship could potentially provide much needed income generation stream given the high rate of unemployment in South Africa.