Muslim households turn to recycling sheep, goat skins from Eid

2015-09-30 10:45
Sheep and goat hides were donated to Impela Trading after the Eid celebrations that involved slaughtering. Pictured from left are: Welcome Mtshali (tutor at Impela Trading), Muhammed Dhai, Simon Orimo (managing director at Impela Trading), Hafez Mahm

Sheep and goat hides were donated to Impela Trading after the Eid celebrations that involved slaughtering. Pictured from left are: Welcome Mtshali (tutor at Impela Trading), Muhammed Dhai, Simon Orimo (managing director at Impela Trading), Hafez Mahm (Kavitha Pillay, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - With Eid al-Adha celebrated last Thursday, Muslim households were faced with the dilemma of what to do with sheep and goat skins as a result of the slaughtering for the celebration.

Over the years skins have been thrown away and wasted. This year, the community has engaged in a skin recycling campaign that saw thousands of skins collected.

The initiative was facilitated by Mehmood Oumar, local businessman and ward committee member for ward 35. The collection involved the Jamiat-ul-ulama, a body of theologians who engage in social welfare and all matters that affect the Muslim community, and Impela Trading, a school situated in Dannhauser that specialises in curing hides for the purpose of recycling them into leather and leather products for local and export markets.

“Instead of throwing the skins away, we could turn them into leather and use them for economic development,” said Oumar.

“We needed the skins to be taken away so we partnered with an organisation that will make use of them,” he added.

The skins were donated to Impela Trading.

Welcome Mtshali and Alice Orimo of Impela Trading explained that once hides were received, they were cured and taken to Impela Trading in Dannhauser where their students are taught how to preserve them and manufacture products using the leather.

“In our communities people slaughter cattle all the time, and if the hide is not disposed of properly, then it becomes an environmental bother,” said Simon Orimo, owner of Impelo Trading, who explained how the initiative has led to creating employment in the area

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