By Melody Muzapi(SpotLight Correspondent)
A brick moulder and entrepreneur from Hwange has scooped an award for promoting an industrial symbiosis model through turning coal dust produced from coal mining fields into ingredients for sustaining clean cities.
The moulder,Twalumba Allan Sibanda, received a US$5 000 (five thousand) grant from the International Labour Organisation as part of the Simuka-Phakama enterprise Innovation Challenge.
Sibanda received the first prize for best Waste Management and recycling business in the 2019 Green Enterprise Innovation and Development in Zimbabwe at a time when the globe is concerned about adaptation to clean cities through reducing carbon footprints that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport and energy use.
Speaking to SpotLight Online News Africa the young entrepreneur said the award came at a time when people are beginning to realize the importance of waste management and recycling in spearheading the development of clean cities.
“I started off this project last year, where l mixed coal dust with clay. At first it was not easy for people to believe in me that we had to reduce land and air pollution through brick moulding.”
Sibanda unleashed plans to engage various communities affected by climate change in educating them about the importance of waste management in adapting to creation of cleaner spaces.
“We will be expanding to these areas to educate people on waste management.”
Hwange Central Legislator Honarable Daniel Fortune Tsiye-Molokela congratulated Sibanda scooping the noble prize.
“The Office of the MP joins the rest of Whange community in congratulating our local youth leader Allan Twalumba for being selected as the winner of the Waste and Recycling Management Business competition which was sponsored by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in partnership with the Swedish embassy in Zimbabwe.”
The ILO established the initiative with the aim to address high levels of youth unemployment, low levels of formal and growth oriented enterprise and unsustainable production processes of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by tapping the potential of the green economy.