(Above) Henry Selepe, the new regional manager at Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton branch, interacts with young learners at a recent Library Week event hosted by Collect-a-Can. Selepe brings with him a fresh energy and a wealth of new ideas on how Collect-a-Can can change the lives of more people by getting them involved in waste management and environmental awareness. “Youth development has always been close to my heart as I feel that the youth is the future generation of our country and we need to share our knowledge with them,” he says.
Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton branch has been in operation for 16 years now; recovering used cans from collectors, schools and the general public and processing them for recycling. In March of this year the branch proudly welcomed Henry Selepe as the new Regional Manager. Although the branch has been performing consistently well, Selepe brings with him a fresh energy and a wealth of new ideas on how Collect-a-Can can change the lives of more people by getting them involved in waste management and environmental awareness.
One of Selepe’s greatest passions is helping others. When he was younger, he enjoyed helping fellow learners with their school work and lending a hand at home with the household chores. As he grew older, so did his desire to help others, particularly the youth. “Youth development has always been close to my heart as I feel that the youth is the future generation of our country and we need to share our knowledge with them and enable them to gear our country up to the next level,” says Selepe. “I have recently also developed a great interest in environmental awareness as I have seen firsthand how it can change and contribute positively to people’s lives and create a better environment to live in,” he explains. Because Collect-a-Can pays cash for cans, the company enables collectors to earn an income for themselves and, with time and entrepreneurial guidance from Collect-a-Can, to sometimes even build a recycling business for themselves.
Selepe brings with him a solid sales and management background, holding qualifications in both of these fields and having gained experience working for a number of blue chip retail companies. Selepe was born and educated in Johannesburg and is married with two children. He dedicates his spare time to reading management and entrepreneurial books. When he is not reading he enjoys spending time with his family.
So far, at branch and regional level, Selepe’s experience has been overwhelmingly positive. “This could be attributed to the fact that, as a team, we share the same values and strive to create environmental awareness by facilitating the collection of cans and being actively involved in environmental awareness programmes,” he says. “We boast a team of very experienced and talented individuals who deliver excellent customer service and are passionate about the collection of cans and the people. I believe that this is a great formula for success at the branch. With this kind of attitude customers feel at home.”
Selepe’s vision is to achieve a “zero-can economy” where everybody collects cans for the good of the environment.
Collect-a-Can has eight branches across the county. The Aeroton branch is the biggest in terms of the volume of cans processed. The branch is ideally situated close to all the major highways in the area (the N1, N2 and N12) making it easily accessible to people wishing to deliver bulk quantities of cans and giving the branch itself easy access to its collection areas.
To find out more about Collect-a-Can visit www.collectacan.co.za or contact Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton branch on 011 494 3623. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook, Twitter.