INDUSTRIES WANT INNOVATIVE STUDENTS TO MAINTAIN ECO- FRIENDLY STANDARDS
By: Sandile Zikhali
South African companies availed themselves for the annual World of Work Fair, looking for young innovators with ideas to combat global warming and pollution.
The fair, on 6th and 7th August, gave rise to career opportunities, job placements, bursaries and internships for students at the Durban University of Technology.
With a lot of the essential natural resources being threatened by pollution, most companies voiced their concerns about these challenges.
Diven Maharaj, Bell Equipment representative, said the company is working hand in hand with the community to achieve sustainability.
“Keeping our environment clean and safe is one of the most important rules in our company policy,” Maharaj commented.
He also said they don’t import any of their machines, thus ensuring that their equipment is manufactured to environmentally friendly standards.
Most of the manufactured containers like plastic, cans and bottles when used, turns into waste and pollution.
Hulamin representative, David Van Wyk said the aluminium producing company has started a recycling plant to fight this problem.
“Recycling cans uses less energy THAN WHAT? this means reducing the carbon footprint of the material. We also educate on how to take care of the environment in the communities
surrounding our plant,” explained Van Wyk.
Sbusiso Ndwandwe, a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student, said Hulamin is a company he would like to work for one day.
“I would like to work there, possibly operating machines, but I also like the idea of taking care of your trash like collecting used aluminium like cans,” Ndwandwe said.
He also said he is interested in opening his own recycling plant back home where he comes from.
Even though companies try to keep the environment clean, their biggest challenge is recovering an equal amount of waste to be recycled as that which was first manufactured.
Malusi Msomi from Neopak, a pulp and paper manufacturer, said their company complies with environmentally friendly standards.
“We work closely with independent plants that collect cardboard and sell it back to us for recycling- this reduces the amount of paper floating around out there,” Msomi said.
Msomi said her company offers a lot of opportunities to students and she hopes they will take on a number of deserving students this year.