Two representatives of the JBay Recycling Project were granted the opportunity of a lifetime this week, when they attended Parliament on the day that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson delivered her Department’s budget.
This community programme, situated in Pellsrus, is supported by the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who alerted the Independent Power Producer’s (IPP) office to the value of the JBay Recycling Project, within the local community.
The IPP office invited Tanja Lategan (project coordinator) and Banele Gwanqa (8), a participant in the JBay Recycling Project, to attend not only the Parliamentary session, but also an expo and networking lunch event attended by stakeholders in the renewable energy sector.
Banele has been attending the Project since he was five years old. He is one of four siblings who regularly bring their recyclables to the Project in exchange for “mulas” to buy from the on-site swop shop.
The IPP chose him from the photographs on J Bay Recyling Project’s FB page to be a representative example (poster child) of an existing project supported by the renewable energy industry.
He is one of more than 70 children who have earned bicycles in this way, in his case by collecting and delivering 150kg of plastic.
Banele is a pupil at Makukhanye School in Pellsrus. This was his first time ever away from his mother, first time on a plane and of course the first (but maybe not the last) time he met with politicians in parliament.
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