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ReTrade Project in finals for national award

NEWS24 / 10 APRIL 2019 - 06.00 / STAFF REPORTER

THE ReTrade Project, a community-based recycling and social empowerment initiative, will be competing in Topco Media and Communications’ 18th annual Top Empowerment Awards, which will be held tomorrow, April 11.

With a dual aim of benefiting both the environment and the local residents, The ReTrade Project targets participants who are willing to turn waste into tradable commodities.

The ReTrade Project has been selected as a finalist for a national award.Photo:SUPPLIED

Participants collect recyclable waste, such as tins, plastic bottles, cardboard, white paper, mixed paper and glass, and bring them to the ReTrade trading store in Walmer Heights.

In exchange, they get basic grocery items, such as food or toiletries.

With their vision to “create a greener planet with less hungry families”, the project instils principles such as work ethic, responsibility, workplace skills and a saving mentality.

As a transformation leader, The ReTrade Project has been nominated in the Youth Employment Service Initiative (YES) Award category. As South Africa’s premier empowerment event, the Top Empowerment Awards recognises companies and individuals who have contributed to accelerating transformation and building an all-inclusive economy.

As the management team of Maria Grewer, Jessica Ronaasen and Natalie Raw have shown consistent commitment to the evolution of business in South Africa, with their evolving business model which seeks to link employment opportunities to those from underprivileged communities.

With a progressive vision of using traders to assist with recycling sorting, ReTrade is able to offer practical opportunities for involvement and participation in the organisation.

There are developments on the horizon as ReTrade expands their recycling depot and trading store in the coming months which will showcase efforts towards the social upliftment and environmental agenda of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Finalists and winners at the awards have been a source of inspiration for sector peers. The ReTrade Project hopes to do the same.

Ronaasen, a social worker on the management team, commented, “We seek to leave a legacy of sustainable living in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“ReTrade has a vision to see the upliftment of people and the environment.

“We find the traders gaining a strong work ethic, ingenuity, and responsibility as they participate in our programmes. We also have seen that the wider community of Nelson Mandela Bay has rallied in support of the project! We are grateful for the support and continued investment.

Maria Grewar, founder of ReTrade, added, “Simply by knowing that we are making a tangible difference in the everyday lives of families in the city matters to our team. We strongly believe in the model of giving a hand up instead of a hand out. We love that the project calls the community to action – to be active citizens.”

The awards ceremony will take place at the Ekurhuleni International Conference Centre in Johannesburg.



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