UDDI Making Progress On Construction Of More Eco-Hubs In Metro

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

The Uitenhage-Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) now has four additional eco-hubs under construction and at an advanced stage, although two has been halted “due to challenges regarding community leadership”.

The eco-hub initiative is a partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in terms of which the UDDI has managed to convert illegal dumpsites into vegetable producing and recycling units.

In a report to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee, UDDI says that currently there are three operational eco-hubs at Khayamnandi in Despatch, KwaLanga in Uitenhage and Wells Estate.

Collectively, they host 18 beneficiaries while another 56 community members are employed as temporary workers.

UDDI explains that the ecohubs consist of an agricultural nursery, recycling station, vertical garden vegetable production units, tyre vegetable production units and soil vegetable production units as well as arts and crafts manufacturing units.

The reports points out that training and skills transfer is done on site and focuses on administrative, technical and financial management while a mentor supports daily operations.

It adds that currently the beneficiaries of the eco-hubs are being registered as trading entities “to ensure that by the time UDDI exits the project, the members are fully capacitated”.