Eco-Sustainable Activism Practices

This document is written and compiled for Eco-Sustainable Activism Practices reference purposes.

This is the township based Environmental Action-ship Profiled documented at Tembisa between year 2010 and 2012 for record keeping and tracking on the progress made on environmental development initiatives as well as linking with ongoing environmental programmes and projects that are taking place in coordination with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (in the division of Environmental Development Department, this includes Social Development, Metro parks, waste management, Bonhle ke Botho [BKB], awareness and eduction, agriculture (GDARD), water and energy).

Name Responsibility Contact
Tembisa Councilors
Clr Phaladi Mooko (W 89) Councilors Ward 05,89,14,07,90,12,09,11 (084)765-1274
Arthur Zwane Tembisa Customer Care Area Manager (078)1810331
Irene Phago Social worker, Social Development LED Special Programmes Directorate (073)5430031
Tembisa Schools
Agnes Kekana Principal (Zitikeni Secondary School),
Other schools: Ikusasa Comprehensive School, Ingqayizive Comprehensive School, Tembisa High, Boitumelong Secondary, Moriting Primary, Tlamatlama Primary (082)657-0490

Work : 231Cnr Andrew Maphetho Drive & George Nyanga
Iqhagha Section
Tembisa1 CCC Office Number 04
Tembisa 1632
Tel:+27/ (0)119994483
Tembisa Environmental Action-ship Conveyer: Kgatelopele Makua
Contact details: (072) 727-3205 E-mail:

Project Name ………………………………………………………Pg3
Operations’ Theme ……………………………………………………Pg3
Operations’ Organizational Structure…………………………… Pg3
Operations Mission and Vision…………………………….. Pg3
Operations’ Description ………………………………………Pg4
Issues and challenges during oprations…………………….Pg5
Aims and Objectives………………………………………. .Pg14
Organizations involved/participants……………………….Pg14
Action Plan………………………………………. …………..Pg17
How was support for the Operations mobilized?…………………………Pg19
What are the environmentally sustainable aspects of the Operations?………..Pg20
What were the major challenges of the Operations? …………………… Pg21
Proposed Budged……………………………………………………….Pg21
How will the prize money be used?………………………………………Pg22
Updates and new developments……………………………………….Pg25-28

Operations’ Organizational Structure
1. Project’s Name: Phela-Phidisha
2. Operations’ Themes: Environmental Conservation (Waste management, Clean & Green, Water and Energy efficiency, Agricultural Sustainability).
3. Operations Organizational Structure:

4. Mission and Vision
To set a trend in the community and lead a role that will serve long lasting solutions to the problem of environmental degradation while communicating the practicality of socio-economic growth through environmental conservation.
To enhance the values of environmental conservation and promote the practice of a green and clean environment and engage community members to recycle, reuse and reduce waste.

5. Activities Description
5.1 Background
• Activities location: Ward 05
The Operation was encouraged by PhielaEnviroMinZ, initiated to bring about environmental awareness, through mobilization of community members and schools to play a role in conservation of the environment, to help stop illegal dumping, to keep our environment clean and green as well as to take part in educating community members about energy and water efficiency and agricultural sustainability. PhielaEnviroMinZ is an environmental representative NPO that was registered on the 14 January 2009 which has six professionals of different skills (Personnel Management, Human Resource Management, NLP Communication, Motivational & Public Speaking, Project Management and Research expertise. The organization was founded by Kgatelopele Makua on the 10th of March 2008.
And the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality came in the right time to provide training on Eco-Guiding and that was the real empowerment that inspired the vision to get more practical and the focus became much stronger on addressing the issues of creating a lovely cleaner and greener environment and the control of rodents and that it was to start where the dream was born right in Tembisa.
Tembisa is flooded by illegal dumping heaps corner to corner which is breeding people’s minds to practice more and worse endangering habits to our environment and pollute young people’s thinking of the environment which needed urgent intervention from a lovely community thus that got us to take action just as we are doing now and that is the main life purpose of PhielaEnviroMinZ.
PhielaEnviroMinZ keeps carrying on to volunteer its services to mobilize community members in all wards in Tembisa to participate in environmental development matters, facilitated and encouraged the formation of ward based environmental forums. And got started from the 21 September 2009 and wrap up by formulating the Tembisa Main Environmental Forum on the 06th of October 2009. While on the other side we were coaching a community group on the issues of environmental care and by 2010 0ctober the same group emerged as the recycling cooperative called Matshupatsela Recycling and Multi-purpose Primary Cooperative Limited which is actively involved in the issues of recycling in Tembisa. And the following year in June 2011 we got another cooperative registered this one it was named Inhlanzeko Recycling and Multi-purpose Cooperative Limited we coached it for the 15 months and it got sponsors and got an approved operation side and in 2012 we moved on to groom and coach other two recycling coops named Reashoma Recycling and Cleaning Primary Cooperative Limited which got sponsors and got operation side and two months down the line we registered Tiyiselani Recycling and Multi-purpose Primary Cooperative Limited and it go an operation side approved and it is currently generating a turnover of R20,000 a month. And we are in a process of having an umbrella body that will house all recycling cooperatives and operate in one site and curry on to have all 17 wards to have fully functioning cooperatives and eventually these cooperative will begin manufacturing and other income generating activities aligned to waste management.

• Operations purpose
The operations served as the foundation to establish an environmental care programmes that deals with waste especially illegal dumping and littering and separation of waste at source, production compost which will create jobs for forty (40) households {twenty (20) permanent jobs and twenty (20) part time jobs}.
And its main focus served environmental development awareness activities to community members and engage communities to participate in clean-up campaigns and recycling as well as to interact with environmental forum to share environmental care issues.

• Issues and condition that prompted action.
– Irregular electricity billing and consumption. Many community members keep coming forward to report irregular electricity consumptions rates and there are many households that have a very high number of tenants per household where there is a need for education/awareness on the issues of energy, water efficiency and electricity connections.
– Health hazards from illegal dumping. Our concern for the community members who were unaware of health hazards that emerges from illegal dumping hence there is so much illegal dumping seen within the ward. Thus we realized that there is a need for education/awareness on the issues of recycling, reduction and reuse of waste.
– Food shortages. There are open spaces that grow bushes which become an ease place for criminals to hide these open spaces would benefit some community members when used as food gardens.
– Most of the household waste from Tembisa goes to the landfill site which is packed in a 40 liter refuse bag where by organic perishable stuff is the quarter which can be used for producing compost and the other quarter is of general waste which could not be use neither for recycling nor for compost while the whole half of the refuse bag is of recyclables (glass and plastic bottles, metals, plastics, papers and tins/cans). 95% of waste in Tembisa is being taken to the landfill site which is what shortens the life span of many landfill sites.
– Water linkages from taps, toilets and water meters cost most households more money while many households struggle to pay municipal bills. There could be water meters monitors who will regularly check and report licking taps, toilets and water meters within the ward and make follow-ups with relevant water pipes maintenance officers from the customer care centre.
– And a need for outdoors beauty of nature.
• The operation was established by an NPO (PhielaEnviroMinZ) jointly by the ward councilor and community members eventually emerged as Matshupatsela Recycling Co-op in September 2010.

NB! These two pictures of illegal dumping shown above and also the once on the next page are indicating some of the triggers that prompted the actions we took.
Tembisa is on the door step of the main door to Africa’s business hub just next to O.R Tambo International Airport. Our people sell food situated right in the centre of illegal dumping. What does that tell about us and what does that teach to our young minds? They simply grow-up understanding rubbish as the normal situation to live in. Many streets at ward 05 often look like this.
Water is the divine life resource well in our township is so much miss used.
Electricity has become the pivot of our life more especially in the urban areas, we cook food and we can as well cook ourselves with the same resource. Look there is so much negligence going on around electricity. See pictures below.
We have regular door to door awareness raising campaigns to educate ward community members on better ways of saving electricity and electric safety wise practices. We deployed 6 members to keep ensuring that energy efficiency electric bulbs are issued in every household and monitored illegal electric connection.

Our tarred streets are vandalized by the same divine life resource, water and nobody cares because as community members we often assume that environmental matters is for the government or the municipality’s job to take care.
If other places can look like parks on the pictures indicated here why ours shouldn’t be much better than that.

The pictures on the next page shows an open dusty open space that we turned into a park we realized that kids can use this space as a park for playing; it is playing that develops responsibility in a human being. And we deployed 4 members to look after the park so as to maintain our efforts to make clean and green a reality in our township.

A recycling cooperative has been established to maintain issues of waste management. This will in the long run help resolve illegal dumping and prolong life of our landfill site.
This underground water linkage was reported in October 2010 and got fixed by December though water didn’t stop liking it was finally fixed on February the 26th 2011. We deployed 3 members who are regularly making follow-ups on getting linkages fixed quickly as well as to raise awareness on water efficiency and looking forward to train 5 members on plumbing skills who will assist when plumbing skills are needed.

Motivation is a best mobilization strategy. We motivated and raised awareness in schools as well as community members thus they volunteered to offer their hands. As indicated on picture above.
There was a huge field of dagga at this school yard and the soil is so reach we turned it into a food garden as to maintain sustainable agriculture. And we deployed 2 members to assist community members to produce better crops and to advice on watering.

6. Achieved aims and objectives
6.1 Operated aims and objectives
(i) Up to day 2012 Dec these community members are still engaged in to taking ownership of their environmental cleanliness their recycling cooperative is making a turnover of R15000 a month.
(ii) Solar geysers are being installed following our door to door energy efficiency awareness where we also installed energy efficient bulbs.
(iii) Separation of waste at source has been introduced in few section in Winnie Mandela were the recycling cooperative promote sorting at source and the households waste sorting mechanisms has been put into work.
(iv) Food gardens are successfully operating and supported by GDARD.
(v) Open spaces have been identified and with the assistance from metro parks within Tembisa threes are continuing to be planted and schools have now developed love for food gardens and different sponsors are supporting on sustaining food gardens in local schools.

6.2 Linkages with ward/community activities
(i) The ward’s environmental sector is responsible to co-ordinate the operations of the ward environmental forum and arranges street meeting with ward community members for community environmental dialogs.
(ii) Ward’s community members engaged to participate in making suggestions for solutions to encountered environmental challenge within the ward.
(iii) The operations engages ward’s community members and assists to plant flower, grass and trees on the sides of their streets and use open spaces in their yards for food gardens.
(iv) Jobs are prioritized for ward’s community members.
(v) Transfer of ownership by designating responsibility of cleared illegal dumping areas to community members as flower gardens or car wash spaces.

7. Organizations/participants that were and will still be involved in the Operations
• list
Support for the Operations mobilized
The ward councilor, the Co-operative, NPO, community members of ward 05 and 06)
Community members (Agricultural group):Michael Malobola
Phinius Ngobeni
Klainboy Malobola
Theresa Ntlovu
George Malobola
Recycling community member: 20 Cooperative Members
PhielaEnviroMinZ (NPO):
Kgatelopele Makua
ID no: 7604106071089
Contact no: 0727273205
Gender: Male
Maleho Malatji
ID no: 8301240811087
Contact no: 0734348418
Gender: Female
Tebogo Molefe Gender: Male
ID no: 7606145723083
Contact no: 0765967779
Capacity: Administrator

8. Action Plan
Activities Responsible Persons Time frame Procedure
Environmental cleanliness and engaging community members to take ownership. Households waste sorting and monitoring of separation of recyclables. Waste management. Kgatelopele Makua
1st Term
2nd Term April-June
3rd Term
4th Term
October-December 1. Organized cleanup campaigns, where the collection and sorting of recyclable waste was done done.
2. Implementation of Illegal Dumping Control System and collection of recyclables.
3. Deployments of 10 field members. Door 2 door recycling and environmental education “Triple R” practice encouragement. Encouraging residence to sort recyclable waste and take them to the collection points of their sections.
4. Raising recycling awareness to hawkers and other community based businesses.
5. Schools recycling awareness.
6. Sectional street meetings for promoting sorting and recycling.
Improvement, maintenance, monitoring and the establishment of food gardens. Kgatelopele Makua
Maleho Malatji
Providing assistance to existing food gardens, preparing compost bedding, harvesting rain water for watering, advising on effective watering times.
Improvement, maintenance, monitoring and the establishment of flower gardens. Tebogo Molefe
Kgatelopele Makua
Deployments of 10 field members. Providing assistance existing and monitoring sustainability and establishing new flower gardens. Identified open spaces where threes can be planted and schools where flower gardens and mini nurseries can be developed and lawn can be planted, on the sides of the streets.
Door to door water audits. Identifying licking taps, toilets and checking water utilization and advising on water saving mechanism. Water efficiency. Maleho Malatji

Kgatelopele Makua
1. Deployments of 10 field members. 2 members per street. Door to door interactions and monitoring of water efficiency. Data collection and reports on discovered crises and monitoring of provided solutions.
2. Meetings to asses and re-view progress made and required developments.
Door to door Electricity audits. Identifying illegal electricity connection and folds, checking utilization and advising on electric saving appliances. Energy efficiency. Tebogo Molefe
Maleho Malatji
1. Deployments of 10 field members. 2 members per street. Door to door interactions and monitoring of electricity efficiency. Data collection and reports on discovered crises and monitoring of provided solutions.
2. Meetings to asses and re-view progress made and required developments.

9. How was support for the Operations mobilized?
– Team work with ward councilors and inclusive of municipal officials from social development, parks and waste management.
– Community members where invited to volunteer in clean-up campaigns thus a recycling co-operative established that helps in reducing the waste that would be taken to the landfill site got active in sorting recyclables.
– Community members volunteered to raise awareness on watering crops on exiting food gardens and identify open spaces and started the utilization of open spaces for agricultural food gardening that where vulnerable for illegal dumping and other destructive social activities.
– Community members volunteered to create a park and planted trees and it’s kept clean which can be used for children’s playing activities and games that would be payable.
– Community members volunteered raise awareness on the issues of cable theft, energy efficiency where cooperative members will be servicing the community with tubing, wiring and supplying energy saving appliances and solar panels.
– Community members volunteered to monitor and assist in repairing water licking taps and made arrangements for rain water harvesting tanks.
10. What are the environmentally sustainable aspects of the Operations?
• How did the community benefit from the Operations
– Jobs have been created for community members as recycling enterprises have emerge and cooperatives are in place to run as full time recycling businesses and employ about 10 people.
– Nurseries are being prepared to operate which will trigger community members’ love for plants and encourage nature conservation.
– Food gardens have emerged and people are able to feed themselves thus poverty is dealt with.
– Community members are ready to be skilled on electricity and plumping maintenance thus they can able to serve better in their neighborhood.
– Gardening services and cleaning services are made available by the organisation from the same ward community.
– The organisation is ready for compost production which will generate jobs and recycle perishable stuff as to reduce unwanted waste in the landfill site.
• How did the benefit /objectives of the operations get sustained?
-The organisation geared to run as full time environmental cooperatives development entity which offer daily jobs to household that will enable community members to take ownership thus the recycling will be fully practice and food gardening will thrive as well as nurseries will encourage beauty within communities.
-Established environmental enterprises have been be linked with government departments such as GDARD for support and further development as well as established organizations and institutions such as Buyisa-e-Bag, Mondi Paper Recycling, Nampuk Recycling, Consol, Extrupet, PETCO, The glass recycling company, Collect-a-Can and few to mention.
11. What were the major challenges of the operations?
• A huge need for recyclable carrying trolleys that would sustain created recycling jobs vacancies in the ward.
• Participants were less informed on recycling business, environmental conservation and environmental resources preservation (Energy, water, air cleanliness and soil proficiency)
• Lack of knowledge on management of the day to day of the business of recycling
• Ineffective Communication Skills for community interactions.
• Weak work ethics
• Lack of human resources and administrative skills
• Lack of knowledge on environmental management and by-laws.
• Transportation for recyclables and trolleys for carrying recyclables.
• Lack of water or borehole for food gardening
• Lack of refuse bags for households to practice separation of waste.
• Communication facilities for reporting, water linkages, electric faults, cable theft and illegal connections.
• Lack of funds for supplying solar panels supplying tanks for harvesting rain water

12. What resources (financial or other) did the operations require?
-Transport for recyclables
-Water for food gardens (bore holes)
-Communication skills and administration facilities
-Machinery for recycling such as bale machine
-Delay on land leasing agreements and lack of land
-Work equipment such as gardening tools, cloves, recycling bags, trolleys, cages, containers, protective eye wear, skip bins and refuse bags.

13. Proposed budged for the next operation 2013
Activity Amount Time frame
Management and coaching fee for operations that would include door to door collections of recycleble Awareness activities. Door to door awareness rising on the issues of waste separation at source and water and energy efficiency.
Products out of waste. R55,000

4 months
Refuse bags for household separation of waste and transport for recyclables( Waste Management) R.10,000 Every friday for 6 months
Trolleys for recycling R14000
Total: R79,000 6 months

Environmental Management Plan for waste management.
– Before all unwanted staff was thrown and mixed in one rubbish bin and now households are encouraged separated all waste and the recycling cooperative come to collect these separated recyclables on daily basis. Waste management.
– Community members bring recyclables such as bottles/glasses, plastics, cans and papers to the recycling operation site which is operated by the recycling enterprise that would give 10 permanent jobs and 10 temporary jobs once the recycling center is set up and running.
– Awareness rising on the issues of waste management is conducted door to door within the ward with the efforts to stop littering, illegal dumping and maintaining a cleaner environment.
– Refuse bags are issued to households to encourage waste sorting at source.
– Composting of perishable waste is encouraged in households.
– Regular clean-up campaigns are conducted within the ward.
– Few ward based recycling cooperative is been established and it running as a full time business.

Our Environmental Operations Management Plan for water efficiency.
– When the Operations starts water efficiency became a wise habit to practice for community members hence water billing is very high in many households.
– Community members within the ward were encouraged to use buckets to catch water from licking tap and harvest rain water for watering the flower garden and the food garden.
– Community members within the ward were encouraged to use to cups when drinking water and drinking by cupping water in a hand to prohibited and avoided.
– Rain water harvesting will be practiced during raining seasons to get water to wash cars and other fabric within the school and used for watering plants as well.
– Community members within the ward were encouraged to use bathing water and washing water for flashing in their toilets.
Environmental Management Plan for sustainable agriculture.
– There is food gardens development programme within the wards.
– Owners of food gardens within the ward are advised to practice using perishable staff to enrich the soil with natural mineral rather than using artificial fertilizers that reduces nutritional quality of our organic food.
– Owners of food gardens within the ward are advised to practice mulching in their food garden.
– Owners of food gardens within the ward are advised to practice small sprinkler and bucket watering methods and are advised to water their gardens only in the mornings and the evenings.
– Crop rotation practiced is encouraged.
– Owners of food gardens within the ward are advised to practice home-made herbicides such as onions and garlic in their gardens.
– Owners of food gardens within the ward are advised to practice biological control were by herbs and flowers are used to repel smell foul to the pest.
– Community members within the ward are encouraged to develop a habit of street lawn planting to protect the soil from getting eroded.
Environmental Management Plan for clean and green.
– Community members are encouraged to create flower gardens and plants lawn which are maintain on daily basis and watered in the morning or evening with used chemical less water and water from liking taps and rain.
– Planting of lawn and flower gardens has been demonstrated in one street and encouraged more community members within the ward to develop street lawn planting and flower gardens.
– Community members within the ward were encouraged to support nurseries by buying flower seedlings and herbs that would be grown by other community members within the ward.
– Clean-up campaigns are regularly conducted by the environmental NPO and the recycling cooperative where by community members within the ward are encouraged to jointly clean the entire ward.
– A park is been developed and maintained by community members and members of the recycling cooperative within the ward.
Environmental Management Plan for energy efficiency.
– Ward-based Environmental Forum will engage on discussion to build a better understanding of energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable agriculture, waste management, global warming, cleaner air and environmental conservation matters and most of the issues prepared for discussions will be based on studies carried out through social science research and studies on effective mechanisms practices in coordination with school environmental forums.
– Light bulbs in all households within the ward are changed to CFL low-energy bulbs which produce more light and use less power.
– Regular energy efficiency awareness campaigns are carried out by members of the organization, the cooperative and environmental volunteers within the ward.
– Energy efficiency awareness campaigns for usage of cooking gas in households to warm-up houses during winter will regularly run throughout the winter season to encourage community members with the ward to use electricity efficiently.
– Solar panels are promoted as an alternative for lighting and to worming-up or cooling indoors during winter and summer for air conditioners.

We believe that we are uniquely qualified environmental organisation based in Tembisa that is breaking new grounds in the field of recycling and environmental care and have been running various recycling environmental care activities thus we believe we are capable by the virtue of:
Our passion is love of the environment and the experience of the industry and the network of stakeholders.
Our capacity to provide unequaled productivity, performance on the field of implementation and body of work from many environmental care projects and recycling activities, it makes it easy for us to continue with any assignment as a natural extension of our current work.
We are a dynamic ward with an innovative approach and methodology that also covers work personal performance, knowledge on environmental management, community interaction, research and surveys expertise, operations capacity, conflict management, productivity and effective labour force.
An effective and efficient operation of recycling business conducts.
Appropriate capacity of the staff with the right caliber and skills on executing environmental activities.
Our unique approach to recycling business and environmental care.
Our unique skills development techniques and proven track record of adding positive value to the environment would go a long way if our partnership and relations in this regard would be a success.
We are excited about the kind of environmental programmes (agricultural initiative, energy efficiency, water conservation, greening and recycling business) we had set-up, this is relevant, innovative, current, solution oriented, flexible and designed to build-up a new type of a community based environmental progamme that will provide lasting solutions to environmental degradation. We want to make a difference in Tembisa and we can lead a new way of demonstrating effectiveness of community development.

In 2011 April a new and well performing Recycling Cooperative was established and coached by Kgatelopele Makua in Ward 89 in Winnie Mandela at Tembisa. Households waste sorting strategy has been put in place.
Fencing has been done in a new operation site and negotiations for the construction of a buy-back centre are underway. And the cooperative is now making a turnover of R10000 a month and it has permanently employed 7 members. In 5wards 5 other recycling cooperatives of the same magnitude have been registered and are getting coaching for development.

In ward7 a seven year war on illegal dumping on the corners of the streets is won. And the Agricultural Cooperative has received new garden equipment and it is continuously growing stronger.

Learners Environmental Forums have been established in few schools within Tembisa were recycling, energy and water efficiency and sustainable agriculture is practiced.

In March 2012 Enviro-ssadors have been trained and are helping community members on the issues of environmental care they are raising environmental awareness and clean-up campaigns.


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