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Country South Africa

October 30, 2017

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In response to failure of the City of Tshwane (Gauteng, South Africa) to respond to waste pickers demands such as support for their livelihoods, and failure to employ 261 waste pickers that were displaced during closure of kwaggasrand landfill. Over 500 waste recyclers or pickers from various local landfill sites will take to the streets on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

The national movement of waste pickers, the South African Waste Pickers’ Association (SAWPA) and environmental justice NGO, groundWork are calling for a support for waste pickers in securing, dignifying of their livelihoods. Informal waste recovery on landfills pose a major health risk as a result of toxics that enters poorly managed sites and results to accidents that results to injury or even deaths of waste pickers in trying to make an honest living.

A memorandum will be handed over to a representative of the City of Tshwane at the end of the march. A detailed press release containing the memorandum will be on Tuesday, 31 October 2017.

Details of the march are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 1st November 2017
Location: Assembly point will be at the Marabastad Park and it will end at Tshwane House. Gauteng, South Africa.
Time: 09h00 – 12h00