Issues of resource efficiency and cleaner production do not often top the agenda of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises. Instead, these enterprises are often consumed by short-term pressures to remain profitable and pay overheads. The European Union-funded, SWITCH Africa Green project offers these enterprises an opportunity to improve their bottom line while building a sustainable business that is moving the country to a low-carbon economy.
16 interns concluded 2016 on a high note when they graduated on 5 December from the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) internship programme. With the cleaner production skills that these young graduates gained via the programme, the interns proved to be great assets for their host companies, helping save over R7 million on water, energy and materials usage.