Waste Management Officers Khoro 2020

Event date: 
2020-09-16 23:15 to 2020-09-17 22:30

introduction -the beginning           benefits of funded research
Theme and message
2020 Waste Khoro participation
Schedule events / activities
Media speeches and statements 


Introduction and background


The coming into effect of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) (hereinafter referred to as the NEMWA) on 1 July 2009 brought about a significant policy shift for waste management in South Africa. This introduced the waste management hierarchy approach which advocates for waste avoidance, reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery as priority options before treatment and disposal of waste, which is the last resort. The NEMWA serves as one of the catalysts aimed at fast tracking the implementation of integrated waste management systems as envisaged by the White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management of 2000 which emphasised the management of waste throughout its life cycle.

The NEMWA makes provision for the designation of waste management officers at national, provincial and local government level, with an endeavour to coordinate waste management matters. The Waste Management Officer’s Khoro is one of the established mechanisms to coordinate the efforts of WMOs. It is a platform for all WMOs, waste management practitioners and other related officials from the three spheres of government to share experiences and discuss challenges, possible solutions and opportunities with a goal of improving waste management in the country.

The waste management officers (WMO) Khoro (conference in the Vhenda language) is an annual conference of all government institutions dealing with waste. The aim of this conference is to provide a platform for WMOs in the three spheres of government to share information and exchange thoughts in a mutually beneficial manner. It further aims to strengthen capacity and streamline the institutional framework across government entities to enhance effective waste management.



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2019 Theme


The Waste Khoro 2020 is themed “The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) for South Africa’s circular waste economy”. The Waste Khoro will provide a platform for engagement and debate on what approaches will be best for the country, learning from other developed and developing economies. It will also allow for high level and technical discussions on the direction the country is taking to upscale the circular economy to better manage waste. This will ensure a continued coordination and management of resources amongst the three spheres of government in order to expedite the transformation of the waste sector.


Objectives of the Waste Khoro


The evolution of national legislation, policy, agreements and research in waste management led to the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No.59 of 2008). The passing of this Act by parliament has reformed the law regulating waste management and also offers direction for the coordination of all waste management efforts to protect the environment and human health by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation and for securing ecologically sustainable development.

In addition to other multiple provisions; the Waste Act in section 10; provides for the designation of Waste Management Officers (WMOs) in the three spheres of the government whose main task is the coordination of waste management efforts between the three spheres of government, the private sector and the general public.

The main objectives of the Khoro are

  • to set a platform for the effective implementation of the Waste Act by the three spheres of government;
  • to discuss challenges and lessons learnt in the implementation of the Waste Act;
  • to exchange information on best practice in waste management service delivery;
  • to discuss and agree on the dimension shift in promoting the waste management hierarchy approach;
  • to re-emphasise the role of government authorities when it comes to authorisation of waste activities and ensure consistency where applicable;
  • to create and raise awareness on waste management; and
  • to put strategies in place which will put waste at the top of government service delivery agenda.

Follow the link below for reference on the previous Wate Khoro events.


2020 Waste Khoro event participation


Due to the plight of COVID-19. This year, Waste Khoro will only be attended by waste management officers and government representatives and will be hosted in the form of a virtual conference nationally. Waste Khoro event issues are intertwined with Clean–Up and Recycle Week SA. In line with the 2020 Waste Khoro theme: “The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) for South Africa’s circular waste economy”, Minister Creecy will host a Circular Economy Webinar on 14 September 2020. The dialogue will provide all stakeholders from government, civil society organisations, businesses, academia and other stakeholders an opportunity to deliberate on circular economy implementation in South Africa and in Africa.

The webinar will bring together government and the private sector to deliberate on South Africa’s approach to sustainable, inclusive economic growth and development in the waste sector while reducing the social and environmental impacts of waste. The dialogue is arranged as part of the SA Recycling Week activities aimed at raising awareness to consumers and businesses on environment and climate impact of waste, promoting clean and sustainable waste management practices that minimise environmental impacts by adopting and transitioning to new innovative means that assist in reduction, reuse, repurpose, recycle or upcycle of waste material. 


Schedule / event programme


08:30 – 09:00 Joining on the MS Team All
09:00 – 09:05

Opening and Welcome

09:05 – 09:15

Introductions and apologies

09:15 – 09:35 

High Level Opening Remarks

09:35 – 09:50

National Waste Management Strategy 2020

09:50 – 10:05

Eastern Cape Provincial Waste Officers' Report

10:05 – 10:20

Free State Provincial Waste Officers' Report

10:20 – 10:35

Gauteng Provincial Waste Officers' Report

10:35 – 10:50

KZN Provincial Waste Officers' Report

10:50 – 11:05


11:05 – 11:20

Limpopo Provincial Waste Officers' Report

11:20 – 11:35

Mpumalanga Provincial Waste Officers' Report

11:35 – 11:50

Northern Cape Provincial Waste Officers' Report

11:50 – 12:05

North-West Provincial Waste Officers' Report

12:05 – 12:20

Western Cape Provincial Waste Officers' Report

12:20 – 12:35


12:35 – 12:40 Comfort Break All
12:40 – 12:45 Re-joining on the MS Team All
12:45 – 13:00

Waste management and associated impacts at local government level

13:00 – 13:15

Waste management and its strategic contribution during COVID-19 pandemic

13:15 – 13:30

Funding and resourcing waste management initiatives post COVID-19 pandemic

13:30 – 13:45

Research Development and Innovation on technologies on waste management best practices

13:45 – 13:55

Discussion on Khoro 2020 Resolutions / Outcomes

13:55 - 14:00





Media speeches and statements


Speech delivered by Minister Creecy during the 2020 Waste Management Officer’s Khoro in Pretoria

17 September 2020 - It gives me great pleasure to deliver this keynote address at this Waste Khoro 2020 event hosted as a virtual conference. This event was originally planned to be hosted in North-West Province, and I suppose following our President’s announcements last night, it will not be too long before we can once again work together face to face. As we all know, we meet today during a challenging and difficult time. As a result of the pandemic there has been minimal economic activity, jobs have been lost, industries and businesses have downsized or closed. Across the world governments are working on economic recovery strategies.

Statement by Minister Creecy during Circular Economy Webinar in celebration of SA Recycling Week

14 September 2020 - Thank you very much for inviting me today to open this circular economy dialogue. We meet during a very challenging and difficult time when the country is currently grappling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. We all have been affected; as a result of the pandemic there has been minimal economic activity, jobs have been lost, industries and businesses have downsized or completely closed shop. Across the world governments are working on economic recovery strategies.


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