25th May 2012 - National Waste Management Strategy public hearings

groundWork was invited to attend and present at the public hearings on the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) were held in Cape Town from 29 May to 1 June 2012. Advocate Johnny De Lange chaired the meeting, where the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental affairs was briefed by various departments on the submissions of stakeholders that were made during public consultations on the National Waste Management Strategy.
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) opened the hearings, with discussions on the following waste management issues:

Following this presentation, the Department of Health addressed how the NWMS relates to health. Of significance is that the draft regulations on Health Care Risk Waste Management will soon be published for comment. Other issues dealt with were:

Other presentations were made by the following groups:

And other government departments:

In addressing the DEAT's Acting Deputy Director-General of Chemicals and Waste Management, Nolwazi Cobbinah, Advocate De Lange instructed her to:  "Work with other government Departments and other relevant stakeholders to deal with the concerns that have been highlighted during the public hearings, including the issue of many definitions".
groundWork's Waste Campaign Manager, Musa Chamane, presented on the following topics:

For groundWork's full PowerPoint presentation at the hearings , download here
For a detailed summary of the hearings visit The Parliamentary Monitoring Group at