Depot manager awarded

2015-11-04 12:38
KGOSI NTONI (left), Redisa Bloemfontein depot manager, is congratulated by Redisa director, Stacey Davidson.  Photo: Supplied

KGOSI NTONI (left), Redisa Bloemfontein depot manager, is congratulated by Redisa director, Stacey Davidson. Photo: Supplied

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KGOSI NTONO, manager at the Bloemfontein Redisa Depot, is a testament to how lives can change when companies invest in training, mentorship and skills development.

Redisa is the recycling economic development initiative of South Africa.

Ntono is a naturally innovative and creative person and when he heard about the Redisa Plan, he immediately knew he wanted to be a part of it.

As a depot manager, Ntono manages one of the 45 Redisa depots situated nationally.

His cores tasks include managing the logistics around the drop-off of collected waste tyres, and ensuring that they are sent to recyclers for processing.

“Since 2014 I have been undergoing on-the-job training and learning more about managing the depot, business skills and financial planning, which has been incredibly helpful,” says Ntono.

Ntono says he was fascinated by how businesses can be developed and employment created, all by looking at waste differently and unlocking the green economy.

“It was easy for me to gravitate towards Redisa because I believe it’s something fresh, new and exciting to be a part of.”

This enthusiasm has led to Ntono being recognised for the work he has done at the inaugural Redisa Recognition Awards.

In May Ntono received the Tyre Champion Award, which recognises the SMMEs that have experienced the most growth in terms of revenue and job creation opportunities; and those business leaders that have shown the greatest commitment towards job creation and expansion opportunities in their roles.

Stacey Davidson, director of Redisa, believes that in order to create an environment in which SMMEs can thrive, and create further job opportunities, it is essential for incubation-style initiatives to lead the way.

“By incubating small businesses and entrepreneurs, these individuals will be provided with the skills transfer, support and training necessary to grow successful businesses,” Davidson says.

To date, Redisa has been able to put 80% of revenue collected from the waste ma­nagement fee back into local communities by creating a market for the handling of waste, resulting in over 2 600 jobs and 200 small businesses developed.

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