Celebrating our Women in Waste on Woman’s Day 2020
On Monday, 10 August 2020 we are celebrating Woman’s day! BiobiN South Africa is taking the opportunity to highlight some women who are responsible for the sustainability and growth of South Africa’s waste sector.
(Council for Industrial and Scientific Research) CSIR’s, Dr Linda Godfrey & Dr Suzan Oelofse
Dr. Godfrey’s research is playing an important role in South Africa transitioning to a green economy. She has co-authored more than 125 research reports, 25 conference papers, 12 peer-reviewed journals, five contributing book chapters, and frequently provides input into national and international scientific publications.
Also, on the CSIR team, Dr. Oelosfe is a principal waste researcher whose work has provided insight into the legal framework for waste management and reducing the environmental impacts of waste. In 2018, Dr. Oelofse published research that highlighted the extent of the food waste problem in South Africa, indicating that 22% of our countries water footprint comes from food production and that 4.3% of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a result of the disposal of food waste.
While we honour the hard work of our women in waste, it is also important that we acknowledge the work of our youth.
Faith Diketane of Destination Green recycling. Faith founded Destination Green Recycling in 2015 with the mission to reduce land pollution and establish a sustainable system that will promote recycling and minimize the non-biodegradable waste that is being sent to landfills. Since starting, the company has employed 32 young environmental professionals who are focused on instilling a habit of recycling in the communities in which the company operates.
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