Recycling venture gets much-needed boost
A glass recycling business run by two rural women near Giyani in Limpopo has been given a much-needed boost by a BSSA training programme forming part of PwC’s Faranani Rural Women Training Initiative.
Josiphina Makhubele and Anna Mathevula, of Giyani Homu Section 14B, attended BSSA’s business skills training offered to a group of 29 women in Giyani earlier this year, which enabled them to identify the challenges facing their Ahitirheni Bottle Recycling Partnership and ways to address them.
The training formed part of an annual programme financed by PwC since 2006 in which basic business skills are taught to rural women running their own businesses. BSSA has been contracted to offer the training, intended to develop entrepreneurship among these women.
The programme focuses on practical marketing, pricing and costing, effective financial management and business planning. To date more than 1 000 women in four provinces—Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal—have received training in five-day workshops.
The Ahitirheni Bottle Recycling Partnership collects, crushes and distributes used glass containers to Consol Glass. The business supplies 26 tonnes of recycled glass every three months. Josiphina and Anna say they realised during their BSSA training that for their business to break even, they would need to speed up both their collection and processing times, as well as introduce a proper bookkeeping system.
The two entrepreneurs have since marketed their business in the wider community, encouraging local residents to supply them with used glass containers at R5 per wheelbarrow. The BSSA trainers introduced them to a basic bookkeeping system, which has enabled them to keep detailed records of every aspect of their growing venture.
Josiphina and Anna have been encouraged to contact BSSA for assistance with specific problems arising in their business.