The United Nations predicts that before the year 2030, barely 10 years from now, Johannesburg will become a megacity, defined as an urban area with more than 10 million people – and that excludes Pretoria and the Vaal Triangle. Gulp!
This will make the city one of the 50 largest in the world, and one of the 4 largest in Africa.
Of course, this will mean more opportunities for people to create a better life, and it will also mean lots more people, consuming lots more products, and thus producing tons and tons of extra waste.
This is good business for Tedcor with its specific focus on enterprise development and empowering formerly disadvantaged communities, but it will place greater strain on the city and its institutions, and therefore its residents.
“While we are the home of sexy waste management,” says Verona Ismail, CEO of Tedcor, “we are also acutely aware that our mandate is not just to collect waste, but also to educate people on creating less of it, so that we can keep the city’s green lungs clean, dispose of waste quickly and efficiently, and create a healthier environment for all people.”
Cape Town, Durban and many of the country’s other cities are also growing rapidly – not to mention the behemoth urban areas in other parts of Africa, so we have our work cut out for us!