PRECARIOUS, MORE PRECARIOUS, MOST PRECARIOUS? THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF WASTE PICKERS IN THE KAROO

  • Rinie Schenck University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Kotie Viljoen University of Johannesburg
  • Derick Blaauw North-West University Potchefstroom Campus
Keywords: Amartya Sen, capability approach, Karoo, waste picker, waste reclaimer, quality of life

Abstract

Towns in the Karoo region currently offer few income‑generating opportunities, resulting in people seeking informal waste‑picking opportunities on the streets and landfills. This article aims to investigate the level of precariousness of waste pickers in the context of the Karoo towns in comparison with the rest of South Africa using Sen’s capability approach. A cross‑sectional research design was used, interviewing 75 informal landfill waste pickers and 23 street waste pickers in nine Karoo towns. The results indicated that, in some respects, the situation of the Karoo waste pickers is more precarious than those in other areas of South Africa

Author Biographies

Rinie Schenck, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
DSI/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society, Department of Social Work
Kotie Viljoen, University of Johannesburg
, School of Economics and Econometrics
Derick Blaauw, North-West University Potchefstroom Campus
The School of Economic Sciences
Published
2021-08-29
Section
Articles