5th Waste Management Officers Khoro
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 Venda 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. Hence, the 5th Waste Management Officers Khoro will include dedicated sessions for Waste Management Officers to cater for the Waste Khoro participants.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Waste Management Officers Khoro were successfully held in Gauteng, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal respectively and was attended by both the previous Minister and Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs. The conferences were also attended by MECs, Members of Mayoral Committees, and Members from the Portfolio Committee, as well as officials from provincial and local government among others. Since the Waste Khoro was initially planned to take place as an annual event, the Department substituted the 5th Khoro that was supposed to be hosted in 2015 with a well-planned and well attended National Waste Management Khro.
There is a need to streamline the coordination of waste management initiatives within the country and bring together all the role players. This includes other government departments, provinces, municipalities, private sector, civil society and the general public in order to ensure that the plight of waste management is elevated as part of government’s service delivery agenda.
The conference programme for the Waste Khoro will be structured as follows:
- Day 1 - 31 May 2016 (09:00-17:00)
- Day 2 - 1 June 2016 (09:00-17:00)
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.
- 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, and promotion of the Recycling Economy
- to re-emphasize the role of government authorities when it comes to authorization 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 the government service delivery agenda.
- to provide for a platform for high level and technical engagement on waste management priorities for the country
- deliberate on awareness raising mechanisms at a national scale
- To present and explore co-regulatory approaches such as Industry Waste Management Plans as envisaged in the NEMWA
- To deliberate on technologies for waste management suitable for South Africa
- To discuss how to incorporate the informal sector in waste recycling
- To deliberate on mechanisms for the effective delivery of waste management services by municipalities and support thereof
- To create a national platform for the exchange of information on best practice between municipalities and provinces
- To set a platform for the effective implementation of the NEMWA
- To coordinate waste management matters in general
The 5th Waste Management Officers Khoro will take place over a period of 2 days from 31st May to 1st June 2016 and Excursions on the 2nd June 2016 at the Coastlands Conference & Convention Centre in Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The main theme for the 5th Waste Management Officers Khoro is “Promoting Innovation and Upscaling Enterprise Development”. The discussions will be centralised around improved service delivery, significant fast turnaround of waste management practices to promote the recycling economy.
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