Today, 11 April 2018, representatives of several municipalities from across South Africa met in Stellenbosch to discuss innovation in waste management. The group is on a study tour in Stellenbosch to visit our state of the art waste treatment facilities and learn about best practices in waste management.
This visit forms part of a Western Cape study tour organised by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The public representatives and municipal officials who visited Stellenbosch today are from Newcastle, Steve Tshwete, JB Marks, Buffalo City Metro, Mogalakwena, King Sabatha Dalindyebo and Rustenburg Local Municipalities. The delegation included an Acting Municipal Manager, Mayoral Committee members, councillors and municipal officials.
Mr Saliem Haider, Manager of Waste Management at the Stellenbosch Municipality, encouraged the visitors to learn from Stellenbosch’s innovative approach to waste management but also to share their best practices with us.
The aim of the visit is for the representatives of the Municipalities as well as officials from the DEA and GIZ to –
• meet and network with waste sector representatives from various spheres;
• learn about the Stellenbosch’s unique educational campaigns and initiatives such as the Swop-Shop – a tremendously fruitful initiative that encourages recycling;
• view and learn about existing waste treatment facilities that are currently in operation;
• study the required framework conditions, operational impacts and implementation complexities that may exist or have been experienced; and
• allow the delegation an opportunity to benefit from visiting Stellenbosch’s world-class facilities and learning about best practices in the field of waste management.
This was the second DEA-GIZ study tour that included Stellenbosch and we look forward to welcoming many more delegations in future.