Where Credit is due.

Peace and Blessings be with you.

I went to the launch of a photo exhibition at the Michael Stevenson  gallery in Woodstock  last night where I saw the striking photographs of Pieter Hugo, depicting images one of Africa’s largest landfill sites for computer parts, just outside of Accra, Ghana. It is with the remaining feelings of urgency, injustice and anger at the atrocious living  conditions of the people who live off the burning heaps of outdated mother boards from the “developed” world that I proceed to laud the efforts of the City Of Cape Town to challenge the perceptions of the inhabitants of Cape Town about what they regard as waste.

Having visited Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Parow, Edgemead, Cape Gate and then the Golden Acre the City of Cape Town embarked on a drive to educate the public on Recycling.

Mobile Educational stand introducing the public to the notion of Recycling.

I spoke to the people manning the stand and discovered that in South Africa, Cape Town is taking the lead in rolling out the dual bin system in order to encourage an awareness about the kind of litter they throw away, and therefor the kind of “waste” they are consuming when they purchase plastic bags, containers etc. 

the Dual Bin Sysytem.


Doing the Groundwork, Noluvuyo, Maydwa and Jamieya from the City.

Cape Town has not by a long shot reached the sophistication or efficiency it is capable of with regards to waste separation and recycling, and this is still a long way off, but the start made by the city shows the commitment and initiative that is required to eventually  reach this point. 

At the moment there are not enough public incentives to recycle, and this should be addressed, and researched with regards to formalizing the structure and channels that exist already in the form of the urban caravans of the “bergies” and homeless people that punctuate the cityscape. There must be a great potential for job creation and the restoration of dignity that comes with employment. I do think that This City has the capacity to overcome the barriers to creating employment for the destitute already involved in recycling. The under utilized infra structure in the city for example could be transformed into collection points, tax and other incentives could be offered to the private sector to set up businesses with the directive of collecting, transporting, and recycling the waste from the many existing business in the CBD for a start.

Aluminium from used drink cans.

With the global necessity of sustainable growth, renewable energy, and recycling, the potential for a very profitable sector awaits. Job creation and developement is a natural consequence. The skills intrinsic to many of our people can be put to good use to further add value to “waste”.

Joining the dots sometimes is all that is required to produce unique products.

There is enough potential within our ranks to maintain a high level of excitement about our collective future, as well as maintaining the status of Proudly South African People, the oft forgotten source of our amazing heritage and our incredible Destiny!


Yasser .

Published by yasserbooley

I live and work in cape town South Africa as a freelance photographer .

One thought on “Where Credit is due.

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Yasser. With a bit of will so much can be done to save and preserve, as well as utilise and create manpower, jobs and groundbreaking and sustainable initiatives.

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