The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) are excited to announce their programme for the much anticipated Eastern Cape Conference, set to take place on 10 September 2013 at the Boardwalk Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth.
Government, academic and business leaders from industries across South Africa will be sharing knowledge, best practice and lessons learnt on feasible waste management solutions. A variety of topics will be discussed during the conference such as research fields; renewable energy challenges; recycling methods; sustainable technology; waste management regulations and policies; tyre waste and the implementation of waste management functions.
Highlights for the day include Prof Maarten de Wit, professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who will focus on ‘How to get earth back on track’. Prof de Wit has been working for some years to define a trans-disciplinary field that encompasses all the problems affecting a particular place and its people. This field of research is a new discipline called ‘Earth stewardship science’.
Other topics which will also be observed during the conference: Peter Neilson will discuss renewable energy challenges and opportunities for municipalities, while Lisa Parkes from PETCO will cover an introduction to PETCO and the PET recycling in South Africa as well as the assistance they offer to the community.
Additional speakers include Volkswagen’s Nico Serfontein, who will focus on the car manufacturer’s ‘Think Blue. Factory’ initiative which measures scarce resources and forms of waste to ultimately reduce their impact on the environment, and Dr Chris Mulder will focus on Crossways Farm Village and how this new town in Kouga Municipality is the lifestyle of the future and the first contemporary rural town in the Eastern Cape.
Other attractions include the CEO of REDISA, Hermann Erdmann, who will speak about REDISA’s ‘Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan’. The Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (EC DEDEAT) Lulama Macanda, will address the use of regulatory framework in the implementation of waste management functions, and Mpact’s John Hunt, will focus on how to convert the enthusiasm for the ‘Green Revolution’ into sustainable recyclate collection projects.
The day will be concluded with talks from Sarah Edwards, who will share lessons learnt from the United Kingdom management to help South Africa meet its waste management challenges, followed by NMMU’s Clive Hands, who will showcase and discuss the university’s Solar Car Project of 2011, ‘Photon’. ‘Photon’ will also be displayed at the conference.
“We are very excited to host the Green Revolution conference as it aims to educate and inform about the increasing need for a greener and more sustainable future. We invite all parties interested to sign up for this great event. The IWMSA will also like to thank our guest speakers in sharing their ideas and knowledge,” comments Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA.
The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is a multi-disciplinary non-profit association that is committed to supporting professional waste management practices.
Our organisation comprises of voluntary members who promote environmentally acceptable, cost effective and appropriate waste management practices. We strive towards the protection of the environment and people of Southern Africa from the adverse effects of poor waste management by supporting sustainable best practical environmental options.
We contribute to the improvement of waste management standards and legislation, support international, national and regional trends in best environmental practices; promote the science and technology of waste management and practice affordable cost effective management of waste. Education and training in the realm of effective and efficient waste management is also a key focus for us.
When the IWMSA was established over 30 years ago, it was the vision of the founders to provide South Africa with a clean and healthy environment. Today this is still the very core of the organisation.
Conference listing information
All talks take place at The Boardwalk Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth from 08:30 to 16:45. There will be tea breaks and lunch will be served.
07:30 – 08:30 Registration
08:45 – 09:00 Opening: President of the IWMSA, Dr Suzan Oelofse
09:00 – 09:30 Prof Maarten de Wit from NMMU will address ‘How to get earth back on track’
09:30 – 10:00 Peter Neilson will talk about ‘Municipality energy challenges and opportunities’
10:00 – 10:45 Lisa Parkes from PETCO will speak about PETCO and PET recycling
10:45 – 11:15 Tea
11:15 – 11:40 Nico Serfontein from Volkswagen will focus on the ‘Think.Blue.Factory’ initiative
11:45 – 12:10 Dr Chris Mulder will focus on ‘Crossways Farm Village – a lifestyle of the future and the first contemporary rural new town in Eastern Cape’
12:15 – 13:10 Lunch
13:10 – 14:20 Hermann Erdmann, CEO of REDISA will speak about ‘Integrated industry waste tyre management plan’
14:20 – 14:50 Lulama Macanda from EC DEDEAT will address ‘Use of regulatory framework in the implementation of waste management functions’
14:50 – 15:20 John Hunt from Mpact will focus on ‘How to convert the enthusiasm for the “Green Revolution” into sustainable recyclate collection projects’
15:20 – 15:40 Tea
15:40 – 16:15 Sarah Edwards will speak about ‘Lessons learnt from UK management in helping South Africa meet its waste management challenges’
16:15 – 16:45 Clive Hands from NMMU will present the university’s Solar Car Project