Nearly half the adult population in South Africa lives in poverty. The South African government measures poverty by three threshold points. The upper-bound poverty line indicates an income of R 1 183.00 per month. On the other hand, the lower-bound and food poverty lines indicate incomes of R 785.00, and R 547.00 respectively, a mere R 18,23 ($1,90) per day.
The unemployment rate for 2020 is 30.8%. Rural areas have the highest poverty concentration driving increased rural-to-urban migration. Increased urbanisation is a contributing factor to the growth of informal settlements due to a lack of affordable housing supply to meet the demand, particularly in areas well-located in terms of job opportunities and public facilities.
According to the second draft of the State of Waste Report issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2018, South Africans generated roughly 54 million tons of general waste which is made up of municipal, commercial, and industrial waste. Of this 54 million tons, a maximum of only 10% is recycled or recovered for other uses, whilst at least 90% is landfilled or dumped.
Our aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable South Africans by helping to tackle the lack of alternative waste disposal and recovery options, lack of affordable housing, and high unemployment rates by constructing new waste management facilities, renovating inner-city buildings into green eco affordable homes, and financially supporting community based green SME sustainable businesses.
By achieving this aim, we simultaneously contribute to social upliftment and economic growth, whilst decreasing our environmental impact.