Waste gave Site C man opportunity to rise to the top

A waste removal company started by a man who grew up in Site C and who has overcome the odds to run a successful business, recently celebrated ten years in the industry.

Ithalomso Waste Management chief executive officer, Andile Ndevu, said when he graduated from the University of Western Cape, he decided to start his own company rather than joining the corporate sector.

“It was not easy, but looking back at the road we travelled I am happy to say it was worth it because we now employ people in Site C and Kraaifontein. We created jobs for more than 1 000 people,” Mr Ndevu said.

The company has transformed itself from being waste collectors into a waste management company which has big clients like the City of Cape Town and McDonald’s.

“As a young player in the competitive business of waste management, over the past decade, we strived to make a meaningful contribution towards sustainable development of South Africa’s green economy by keeping abreast with new technologies within the sector,” he said.

“We remain eternally grateful to the organisations that have demonstrated faith in us over the years.”

The launch of the company’s celebrations was held at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock and was attended by Minister of Small Business Development Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and advisor to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, Bonginkosi Madikiezela.

Minister of Jusitice Ronald Lamola with executive members of Ithalamso, Sebastian Jozi, Andile Ndevu and Siyabulela Fanie at the company’s celebratory party.