Workers on Wednesday: Waste-pickers - Can they develop a sustainable and decent livelihood?

South Africa's rate of unemployment is at 40% in terms of the expanded definition and job-losses due to company retrenchments are continuing. South Africa is also reputed to have the highest level of inequality in the world. While the government has continued to fail to deliver on promises of job-creation, many unemployed people are creatively surviving and ensuring their own livelihoods while simultaneously contributing to a cleaner environment. One such group is the growing number of waste-pickers. With us to discuss this we have…

GUEST: Musa Chamane, who is a waste campaigner from the NGO Groundwork based in Pietermaritzburg
GUEST: Maditlhare Koena, Western Cape provincial co-ordinator for the South African Waste Pickers Association