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2 000 new job opportunities created in the City of Mbombela as Deputy Minister Sotyu launches the cleaning and greening programme in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

11 January 2023


The Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Makhotso Sotyu, today, 11 January 2024, launched the Cleaning and Greening Programme for the City of Mbombela with 2 000 new job opportunities in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. 

Delivering the keynote address, the Deputy Minister explained how the programme aimed at tackling poverty and unemployment while ensuring that the environment is cleaned and protected. Illegal dumping and littering are some of the most common problems in South Africa that affect all municipalities alike, irrespective of the size and extent of the area. The prevalence of this ineffective waste management practices is being witnessed in many parts of the country. This trend, unfortunately, affects the well-being of communities. 

“President Cyril Ramaphosa asked all of us as government leaders to come up with programmes to create jobs for our people, especially post the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Department, we have responded to the President’s call with this initiative to create jobs while contributing to a cleaner environment,” said Deputy Minister Sotyu.

Last year, Minister Barbara Creecy launched the national Municipal Cleaning and Greening Programme which is being implemented across the nine provinces. The City of Mbombela is one of the 14 prioritised municipalities for the expansion of the MCGP. 

The expansion will increase the waste management across the participating municipalities through provision of workers employed through EPWP. Workers in each municipality will enable more waste management capacity whilst addressing service delivery, skills development, unemployment, and creating cleaner towns. The programme prioritises the employment, emphasising empowering women, youth, and people with disabilities. 

“This programme in essence will see community members working with the government to clean their communities while earning a monthly stipend. The programme will allow you, the participants, to put food on the provide for yourselves and your families while carrying out the important task of keeping our communities clean,” Sotyu told participants.

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