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A Note from Head Office

This is a big year for the IWMSA. We will be hosting our flagship conference,
WasteCon 2018 from 15 to 19 October 2018 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, Gauteng. This conference and exhibition promises to showcase best practices in African waste management technologies and innovations.

The theme for WasteCon 2018 is 'Implementing the Waste Hierarchy'. As we all know, there is no single waste management approach that is suitable to address all waste materials. Therefore, by focusing on the Waste Hierarchy we will see innovations and practices that cover the full waste management spectrum from source reduction, reducing waste, reusing, recycling, recovering and re-purposing waste products, and finally treatment before disposal.

As an IWMSA member you receive a discounted rate to WasteCon 2018. For more information and to book your ticket visit:

In This Issue
March 2018

· 2018 calls for waste management innovation
· Our reputation score

· Upcoming Events
· Training
· IWMSA in the media
· News from the Eastern Cape Branch
· News from the KwaZulu-Natal Branch
· News from Western Cape Branch
· News from Central Branch
· Interesting News and Events
· Patron Members
· Welcome to our new members!
· Membership Fees 2018
· IWMSA Membership
 ... and finally, some waste-wise wisdom...


2018 calls for waste management innovation

What waste management trends will be evident in 2018?

South Africans produce 42 million cubic metres of of municipal waste each year. What must happen in South Africa to offset this figure and the burden it holds on landfill sites and the surrounding environment? According to a recent article by Bizcommunity the trends that will define waste management in 2018 will be:

Diversion from landfill
Landfill still currently remains the most prominent waste disposal solution in South Africa. If consumers increase the level of recycling in households, the waste management industry will be forced to divert attention from landfill to recovering and re-purposing waste materials instead. Therefore, consumers hold the ability to shape the waste management landscape.

Alternative uses and revenues through waste.
A key legislative amendment that was announced in 2017 was a new set of waste classification and management regulations. These new regulations have challenged waste producing businesses of a specific kind (hazardous) to find new way to re-purpose waste into secondary products.

Let's keep an eye and see how these trends unfold during this year.
80% reputation score for IWMSA

During the month of February Reputation Matters conducted a reputation survey for the IWMSA. This was done to assess communication and membership preferences. Thank you to everyone that answered the survey. These results will help us build on our membership offering based on your feedback.
IWMSA Biennial Conference 

WasteCon 2018
Date: 15 to 19 October 2018
Venue: Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa.

PLEASE NOTE: Delegate registration is now open!
Closing date for delegate registrations 21 September 2018. Full payment must be received before 28 September 2018 to secure your registration.
To register, click here.

Please see the
for an overview of exciting past and upcoming events!

Other industry-wide events can be found under the INTERESTING NEWS & EVENTS section.

We run accredited training courses as well as a suite of recognised training courses. The IWMSA will provide in-house training on request to groups of ten or more candidates, reducing costs to your company. Access the latest version of the Training Calendar for 2018 by clicking here.

Upcoming Training: 

13 to 15 March 2018 
Hazardous Waste Management Training
Harrower depot, PE, Eastern Cape

27 to 28  March 2018 
Healthcare Risk Waste Training
Roodepoort Healthcare Risk Waste Facility

03 to 04 April 2018
Accredited Training Level 2 - Applying environmental management tools (USD 119554)
Riverside Country Estate, Gauteng

10 to 12 April 2018
Waste Management Training Programme
Santorini Guesthouse, East London, Eastern Cape

17 to 19 April 2018

Waste Management Training Programme
Rustenburg, North West

23 to 24 May

Waste Management Training Programme
Western Cape. Venue TBC

22 to 23 May 2018
Accredited Training Level 2 - Separate, Handle, Treat and Transport of Waste (USD 119303)

22 to 24 May 2018
Waste Management Training programme
Riverside Hotel, Durban, KZN

29 to 31 May 2018
Hazardous Waste Management Training 
East London, Eastern Cape, Venue TBA

12 June 2018
Legislation Training

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Harrower Depot, Port Elizabeth

To view the full training calendar for 2018, click here.

To be added to our mailing list so that you are informed of training courses and future dates of training taking place, click here.
For more information about training and development contact
Gail Smit at or click here.
IWMSA calls for papers for WasteCon 2018
To view the article, click here.

Don't bin contaminated cold meat, consumers warned
To view article, click here.
For media theme submissions to be considered for inclusion in the Communication Plan for 2018, please contact: Nadia Nel at Reputation Matters |

News from the Eastern Cape Branch

Industrial symbiosis: Networking to maximize resource efficiency
The Eastern Cape branch participated in an Industrial Symbiosis Workshop hosted by Greencape on 31 January 2018.  A total of 38 companies participated.  Delegates identified new business opportunities from under-utilized resources through application of industrial symbiosis principles. As many as 200 resources were discussed and 627 potential synergies were identified. 
Matters intensely discussed included boosting sales, reducing costs, stimulating innovation, reducing the use of virgin raw materials, and reduction of green house gas emissions.
It was a successful and strong networking initiative. Keep an eye of the GreenCape website for similar events.

Cleaning up Baakens Valley
Our highlight of the first quarter of 2018 was the clean-up at Baakens Valley. 
We are ecstatic to report that the clean-up was attended by approximately 60 people, including young kids to older folks who thoroughly enjoyed the efforts.  We collected 800 kg of waste and 200 kg of recyclables - that's a ton of waste in total!
A talk on waste was presented.  Trash bags and gloves were donated for our helpers.  A skip was sponsored to us by Skipgo from Port Elizabeth, to collect and remove the trash collected. The group is already looking forward to the next cleanup.

For any information about the IWMSA Eastern Cape Branch, please contact Shantelle Jonas on 043 733 8349 or

"2018 will be a new year for the IWMSA Eastern Cape Branch.  A new refreshed energy of the current committee members to tackle waste management in our rural Eastern Cape."  
Theo von Ruben
News from the KwaZulu-Natal Branch
The IWMSA KZN Branch launches 2018 KZN Waste Management Awards
Are you waste wise? If you answered “yes”, then we want to acknowledge you for being a waste pioneer!
What are the objectives of the IWMSA Waste Management Awards?
  • To involve all organisations in KZN in thinking and acting on efficient and effective waste management.
  • To promote best practice in waste management throughout KZN.
  • To acknowledge the achievements and provide recognition for organisations practicing / committed to responsible and effective waste management.
 Why should you enter?
  • To generate positive media exposure for you and your organisation.
  • To tackle your waste management concerns to achieve cost and overhead reductions.
  • To evaluate your progress and confirm the success of your waste management policies.
 Entries for the Awards will commence via an online entry form which you can find on our website from 08 March 2018 onwards.

Message from the KZN Chairman
Launching into 2018 we are packing in a lot with all our events, training programmes, new initiatives (like waste/litter-for-tokens), and our most prestigious event; the IWMSA KZN Waste Management Awards. Indeed, being a WasteCon year, the packing is tighter!
Through our events, training, workshops and projects, our outlook for the year ahead, includes:
  • A strong relevance to our members.
  • A provincial outlook.
  • Supportive training and education.
  • Social Responsibility Projects.
  • Sustained focus on modern and appropriate technologies in our industry.
For any information about the IWMSA KZN Branch, please contact the KZN Branch Manager, Angie Cockburn on 031 564 2795 or
"We know that with many evolving social media platforms, we are continuously having to shift our approach for relevancy with our Waste Management Industry and our members."  
Lindsay Strachan  Pr. Eng.
News from the Western Cape Branch
Western Cape is Moving “Beyond Waste”
On the 15 February IWMSA’s first seminar, entirely dedicated to teaching the basics of Circular Economy systems based thinking and planning, took place at the Sport Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town.

IWMSA members Sally-Anne Käsner and Susanne Yvonne Karcher unpacked the complex design and operational challenge to “not to make waste and pollution in the first place” (rather than trying to simply mitigate an existing waste problem). Unfortunately, the latter is routinely done by focusing efforts and expenses of both the industry and the private sector exclusively on “end of pipe” reduction through reuse and/or recycling when it comes to “waste management”.

To this end participants needed to ponder (facilitated through many, varied group exercises) on seemingly obvious questions such as “why there is waste in the first place” only to discover that there are not simple answers and quick fixes but that waste needs to be seen instead a systemic bad human product design outcome and that this is the core of the problem that needs to be ultimately addressed.

This seminar was developed entirely from scratch but provided a wide array of complimentary video materials sourced from visionary thinkers in the circular economy domain such as the Ellen McArthur Foundation, Cradle to Cradle, the Biomimicry Institute and The Natural Step to name a few.

From the feedback it is clear that this seminar really struck a chord with the participants. Please watch this space for announcement of more Beyond Waste seminar dates for 2018 and BEYOND.

“The interactive group sessions were thought provoking,” said one delegate in attendance.

For information about the IWMSA Western Cape Branch, please contact the Western Cape Branch manager, Linda Campbell on 021 534 9182 or
"We wish everyone a water-wise 2018, and thank you for your continued support. I would like to specifically thank members of the committee for their commitment and dedication over these last 2 years. It has been a pleasure working with you all."
Margot Ladouce 
News from the Central Branch
Social Responsibility Community Project
The Central Branch launched its first of many Community projects in January 2018. Our “Back to School” project was launched with the aim of assisting schools in the outlying region’s that do not necessarily receive full funding for all schooling stationery requirements.

We believe that this is a positive way to assist where we can but also to send a message to the younger generation to promote a cleaner environment through the recycling colouring book distributed.

Should you know of a school around your area that might need some assistance please contact the CB Chairman Kobus de Meyer for more information

The IWMSA feels that each and every one of us need to reduce our waste footprint and there is no better way than to start at with the young learners who are our future waste warriors fighting the war on waste.

The central branch also said goodbye to two of its committee members that took up new positions in the Western Cape.

Reon Pienaar that headed up our Legislation and Landfill Portfolio since 2014. He was also instrumental in assisting with branches Golf days and the Technical tour for Waste Con 2016.

Shaazia Bhailall headed up our Green Economy Portfolio and formed part of the Central Branch Committee since 2015.

They will surely be an asset to the Western Cape Branch and we wish them well in their new endeavours

Save the dates:
  • 18 April 2018 - Anaerobic digestion of waste and opportunities will take place at Plastics SA, Midrand.
For any information about the IWMSA Central Branch, please contact Sanki Nkosi 011 675 3462 or email
"The course covered a wide range of legislation which is relevant to many aspects of waste management. The training was excellent and very interactive."  
Attending delegate of the Waste Legislation Training
News from IWMSA HQ

Call for nominations for the new Vice President

Call for nominations for the new Vice President and branch committees were emailed to all eligible voting ‘Corporate Members'. The call for nominations will close 31 March 2018.
Should more than the required nominations be received, voting will take place from 01 to 30 May 2018. Successfully elected members shall be notified and will assume office on 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2020.
Don’t miss this opportunity to serve on the IWMSA branch committees or be nominated for Vice President.
If you would like to be more involved in the IWMSA and make a positive difference in the waste management industry the IWMSA encourages all eligible members to consider standing for one of the positions.

Nominations / Elections for the new Vice-President (who automatically becomes President after 2 years) and branch committees are held biannually in March.  These positions will hold office for a two year period from July 2018 to June 2020.  Should you miss the nominations / election process in March you may still be co-opted to serve on the branch.

Please note: to be eligible to stand for Vice-President, you need to have served on a branch committee first for a minimum period of 2 years. I.e. Our current Vice-President, Mr Leon Grobbelaar, who took office on 01 December 2017 has been a member of the IWMSA for almost 30 years and has served on the Central Branch Committee and other committees for IWMSA matters during this time.

Getting to know the structure of the IWMSA
The IWMSA is made up of Council, Head Office, Branch Managers & Branch Committees who work hard to fulfil its mission for all members. Click here to view the current committees.

Council is made up of the following roles:
  • President;
  • Vice-President;
  • Past President (when applicable);
  • Executive Officer; and
  • Branch Chairs from the various branches.
Our branches include:
  • Central Branch (including Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Mpumalanga);
  • Eastern Cape;
  • KwaZulu-Natal; and
  • Western Cape (including the Northern Cape).
Department of Environmental Affairs new legislation workshop
IWMSA hosted a workshop with the DEA and members to improve the understanding of the issues associated with the recent Waste Classification and Management Regulations. The workshop was facilitated by Prof. Suzan Oelofse and attended by 60 delegates. DEA was represented by Anben Pillay during the morning's sessions, and Kgauta Mokoena and Michelle Govender joined after lunch. The regulations that were discussed in the workshop included:
  • Waste Classification and Management Regulations (R 634).
  • National Norms and Standards for the Assessment of Waste for Landfill Disposal (R 635).
  • National Norms and Standards for Disposal of Waste to Landfill (R 636).
Thanks goes to Prof. Suzan Oelofse for compiling the report and submitting it to the DEA in January 2018. DEA promised that this is the first of a number of consultation workshops on the regulations to follow.
The IWMSA would like to welcome TEDCOR as a new Patron member.

To view a listing of our Patron Members, please visit our website at Logos representing the Patron Members appear at the bottom of this newsletter. To view some of the benefits derived from Patron Membership, please click here.

If you would like to 
enquire about Patron Membership, please contact Gail Smit at
Welcome to our New Members
Central Branch
Individual members
  • Mkhize, Ntsebo
  • Tshilande, Rabelani
  • Madibana, Sekgwari 
  • Kubheka, Zweubanzi
  • Nel, Daniel
  • Mathabatha, Mathews
  • Kalumba, Kalumba
  • Njabs Investments cc
  • Oddbin Recyclers (Pty) Ltd
  • Office Wide Facilities Solutions
  • Tedcor Pty Ltd.
  • Falaz General Trading and Construction (Pty) Ltd.
  • Greenstar 360 Trading Enterprise cc
  • Health Care Waste Services
  • Karabo Mokoena Events (Pty) Ltd
  • No Waste Management (Pty) Ltd.
  • Retiqua Waste Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Sterilatics (Pty) Ltd
  • Motebang Ngcobo Enterprise (Pty) Ltd
  • Mafasetera Construction and Projects cc
  • FirstRand Bank
  • Mphahlele, Letladi
  • Nkala, Brian
Eastern Cape Branch
Individual members
  • Magida, Pamella
  • van Helsdingen, Tracy
  • Arendse, Niven
  • Suka, Nande
  • Manong Construction and Projects cc
  • Batebang Bataung Trading cc
  • Mahlononono Construction cc
KwaZulu-Natal Branch
Individual Members
  • Chandler, Geoff
  • Baverstock, Jean

  • Mpilenhle Trading Enterprise cc t/a Mpilenhle Recycling
  • Institute of Research, Training & Development (Irtd)
  • Abayikwe Trading cc
  • Mabo Industries cc
  • Lizzi and Sons (Pty) Ltd.
  • Mr Price Group
Western Cape Branch
Individual Members
  • Takalani, Takadzani
  • Beukes, Wouter
  • OLIV-CO SA (Pty) Ltd
Members who have not paid their membership fees for July 2017 to June 2018 will be deleted and will not be able to reapply for membership for a 5 year period.  Should you wish to re-apply after this period you will still be liable to pay all the outstanding fees. We urge you to please contact Ann: | Tel: 011 675 3462 should you require clarification or have any queries.

To check that you are a valid paid-up member for July 2017 to June 2018 please click on the relevant link below to view all paid-up IWMSA members:
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Recycling tips for parched Captonians

With the increasing severity of the drought in the Western Cape, the storage and consumption of bottled water has increased.

Read more about PET Plastic Recycling South Africa's (PETCO) tips for the reuse and recycling of your PET water bottles during the drought. View the article in the Green Times here.

Department of Environmental Affairs' Green Fund: Request for proposals

The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Green Fund in liaison with the Development of Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) formally invites private sector together with research institutions, NGOs and other interested parties to apply for funding to implement innovative green economy projects or programmes in the waste sector.
Projects should be within one of the following sectors:

  • Anaerobic digestion from organic waste
  • Waste to energy from Waste Water Treatment plants
  • Sludge from Waste Water Treatment plants
  • Material Recovery Facilities
To find out more about the application process, click here.

Carbon tax coming to South Africa

South Africa is expected to pass its long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill this year and implement the tax in January 2019. The bill, which was released in draft form in December 2017, will be the subject of parliamentary hearings this year. Read more here.
Here is why recycling your metals matters

A material recovery organisation representing the steel, tinplate and aluminium packaging industries in South Africa, is reminding South Africans that recycling their metals matter to the thousands of schools, collectors and convertors who earn a living from recycling this material.

According to MetPac-SA, South Africans used more than 198 000 tonnes of metal cans, foil trays and aerosols during 2016 alone. Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of Metpac-SA, says metal packaging is one of the world’s most valuable materials for collectors and recyclers.

“This packaging material continues to be in high demand and can readily be found in and around the home and includes cooldrink cans, food tins (including pet food), foil trays, empty aerosols canisters, metal bottle tops and foil wrap,” Bezuidenhout explains. 
Read the full article here.

ISRI backs first ever global recycling day

Trade association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has become the first Federation Partner for the first-ever Global Recycling Day.
Global Recycling Day is the brainchild of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and is intended to unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power the “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The organisation’s mission is set out in its recently launched “The Seventh Resource Manifesto”. Read the full article here.

Global Recycling Day is on 18 March 2018.

SUM 2018

The 4th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy (SUM 2018) will be held in the old Monastery of Saint Augustine in Bergamo upper city, in May 2018.
The following topics, among others, will be extensively discussed: waste avoidance, sources and characterization of resources in urban areas, technologies for the extraction of materials, techniques of waste segregation, separate collection, takeback programs, recirculation pathways and markets, recovery of abandoned urban areas, carbon and water footprint of material recycling, economic and legal aspects, urban mining and circular economy concepts in developing countries.

To find out more about this symposium,visit their website: 

The aim of the 7th Venice 2018 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2016, was attended by nearly 550 scientists and operators from approximately 57 different countries.
Venice 2018 will be held in Venice, at Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, from 15th to 18th October 2017.

To find out more about this symposium,visit their website: 


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Aldo Leopold
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