RPMASA to host second International Transport and Environment Conference in March 2011

The Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA), in partnership with the City of Durban and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be hosting their second biennial Conference and Exhibition regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the environment from 07 to 09 March 2011 at the International Convention Centre in Durban. The theme of the conference will be “Producer Responsibility for safe transportation of chemicals - a value chain approach to protect people and the environment.” All interested parties are invited to register to attend, to sponsor and/or to exhibit at the event where products, services and technologies focusing on innovative concepts and new materials will be showcased. Training courses of key importance to Industry will follow on the 10th and 11th March.

“Millions of tons of industrial and consumer chemicals are transported around the world daily by road, rail, sea and air and as such transport safety and the protection of people and the environment, together with sustainable use of resources and reduced environmental impacts in the manufacturing and transport sectors are key global challenges today,” says Liz Anderson, President of RPMASA. “The conference creates a forum for participants from all over the world to meet, exchange ideas and update on global trends and international legislation in the transport of dangerous goods and products. This will hopefully result in the forging of new alliances enabling the industry to take great strides towards meeting these challenges head on. There is an exciting programme of international and local experts to inform delegates on new regulations, best business practices and ways of improving business effectiveness,” Anderson continues.

RPMASA welcome delegates from around the World as well as South Africa and the SADC countries to attend the conference. Delegates will represent Industry operations and supply chain, research, service providers, environmental consultants, planners, academics and national and provincial government authorities. The conference will kick off with a City Welcome event. Training courses on key topics run by international and local experts will follow the Conference and Exhibition to raise awareness and build capacity on key issues such as the UN GHS which is the new classification for waste, consumer product packaging and regulations, best practice for packaging re-use and the IMDG for exporters.

Conference speakers will include, amongst others, international experts Irfan Rahim, Head of Cargoes and Marine Safety for the International Maritime Organisation in London; Peter MacKay, Managing Editor of the Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) from London; Dr Jürgen Bruder, Executive Director of the International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers, who he represents on the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods; Prof Paula Viapiana, Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Republic of Montivideo in Uruguay and Volker Krampe, Corporate Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser for Beiersdorf AG, a major International cosmetics and personal products manufacturer. They will be covering a number of critical topics that are highly relevant in the current industry and environmental arena.

The RPMASA is a Non-Profit Organisation for all in the value chain of chemical packaging; it is part of an international network of similar organisations and Africa’s only Industry representative to the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods and GHS.

To participate in the conference or for more information contact Chantelle or Tracey by email conf@rpmasa.org.za or call 032 942 8256/0 or 032 815 1018 or visit the RPMASA website at www.rpmasa.org.za

Experience World Cup Cricket Action in an all new Virtual Cricket Game

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be out there, on the pitch, focusing hard, squinting into the sun with an excited, supportive crowd all around, cheering madly when you hammer the boundaries?

In the run-up to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, there is an exciting new game offering from mig33 in which you can take on between 1 to 9 players at a time and have your very own taste of the world’s third largest and most viewed sporting event.

With the release of the new migCricket game, mig33 users will be able to experience cricket action virtually alongside this tenth Cricket World Cup from the first match being played.

In migCricket, the objective is to be the best cricket player for your team by scoring the most runs before getting out.  The game is a chat-based cricket card game in which you draw different cards with different cricket outcomes.  Players join the game by paying with mig33 credits. Some cards add scores while others cause the player to ‘get out’.  If you draw a ‘run’ card, the runs are added to your overall score, but if you draw an ‘out’ card – you could even go out for a duck!  To make the game even more interesting, there is also a 3rd Umpire card which exempts a player from going out the following time they draw an ‘out’ card during the game.  The player who stays in the game longest, and scores the most runs, is declared the winner.

If you’ve always dreamed of hitting sixes or scoring a century, here is your virtual opportunity.  You can have a fantastic strike rate if you play your cards right, and imagine the satisfaction of knowing how it feels to be on a winning wicket.

migCricket facilitates this game for millions of users, whether via a mobile download or web access. Go to m.mig33.com or www.mig33.com; and take your chances at becoming a world class, top order batsman whilst playing a great game in a fun, virtual environment.

mig33 is committed to providing the best communication and social entertainment services for all their users.  The migCricket game adds to the impressive stable of existing games in mig33 – including Fashion Show, migWars, Moonbase and ClubWars,. “mig33 is intent on always developing and evolving games and application options for our users that correspond with current global trends and activities, both in the sporting world and other arena’s”, says Mei Lin Ng, VP Marketing and co-founder of mig33. She continues, “Delivering the best in mobile social entertainment services is our entire focus.  We want our users to eagerly anticipate the release of our next new, fun and stimulating games.

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first social entertainment service, connecting over 40 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy.  Launched in late 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM, GREE Inc and many others. For more information, visit www.mig33.com

Accepting Your Medical Waste Responsibility...Ethically

The 2nd Biennial Health Care Waste Summit and Expo 2011 will be taking place from 18 – 19 May 2011 at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng.

Are you a health care provider, general practitioner, surgeon, medical institution, tattoo artist or civilian aware of the legal implications of incorrect disposal of medical waste?
Do you provide medical or related services without a true and clear understanding of the prescribed policies and regulations when it comes to medical waste disposal? If so, you can’t afford to miss the 2nd Biennial Health Care Waste Summit and Expo 2011 to be held at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng from 18 - 19 May 2011.

The Institute of Waste Management of South Africa (IWMSA) in association with its Health Care Waste Forum (HCWF) branch, are the proud hosts of this event. Through extensive research undertaken throughout the year, the IWMSA and HCWF have developed the very best Summit programs for senior level decision-makers and the results set the Summit agenda which is headed by the theme, ‘Accepting your Medical Waste Responsibility … Ethically’.

In recent years there has been an alarming amount of press regarding health care risk waste and improper disposal thereof. Previously, civil society had not been given a platform to voice their concerns regarding the hazards of improper health care waste management, and the IWMSA and HCWF are determined to facilitate the voicing of these concerns in a legitimate manner. This Summit seeks to highlight risk awareness, public exposure and the subject of incinerator capacity, as well as to lobby emphatically for responsible and ethical health care waste practices, and to explore the impact of legislation on this sector, such as the New Waste Act.

The unsafe disposal of health care waste poses immense public health risks. Contaminated needles and syringes represent a particular threat as the failure to dispose of them safely may lead to dangerous recycling and repackaging which in turn leads to unsafe, even deadly reuse, especially where waste is dumped into areas without restricted access. Epidemiological studies indicate that a person who experiences one needle stick injury from a needle used on an infected source patient has risks of 30%, 1.8%, and 0.3% respectively of becoming infected with HBV, HCV and HIV.

The Health Care Waste Summit & Expo 2011 intends to promote an advanced and collaborative single vision strategy which ensures adherence to the utmost professional delivery of international standards and ethical practice in modern health care waste management. The event also features an 841m2 exhibition floor where service and solution providers will showcase their products and services.

The IWMSA’s President, Stan Jewaskiewitz, says the Summit will be a “Stimulating, interactive experience with panel discussions, case studies and facilitated open sessions for debate and deliberation.”

Providers of health care and related services, both government and private, are invited to attend and can visit the HCWF website on www.hcwforum.org for online registration forms This includes hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, transporters of health care waste, treatment plants, clinic managers and supervisors, and representatives from provincial and national government organisations, to name a few.

Watch the press for more details regarding speakers and topics of discussion.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi-disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA at +27 (0)83 448 8233, email: sales@iwmsa.co.za or visit www.iwmsa.co.za

Conscientious Consumers Minimise Festive Waste

All year round we carefully separate our cans, papers, plastics and glass.  We drop off recycling at our local schools, diligently put out our weekly recycling bag or drive to the nearest recycling depot, and then bam!  The Festive Season arrives and we can so easily go off the rails.

To begin with, especially at this time of year, an alarming percentage of what we throw away probably need not have been wasted to begin with, and even more troubling, a lot of this waste is food.  We buy impulsively, overstock our fridges and cupboards and with true South African hospitality, definitely over-cater!  We buy with our eyes which retailers know very well, so they stock their shelves with oversized containers for maximum visual impact in the race to secure your rand.   Not only does all this lovely packaging attract us, it also entices our children.  Large boxes and other fancy forms of packaging seduce us into believing we are receiving better value.  The reality is that often such packaging is merely a filler, and the companies producing the packaging have hardly applied the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ principles.  ‘Reduce’ least of all.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is increasingly subscribed to by more and more stakeholders in the waste management industry, which effectively means more overall control in critical areas.  Stan Jewaskiewitz, President of the IWMSA says “We are encouraged not to print out emails for the sake of our environment, for example, but we’re not applying that same standard to other areas of our lives.”  He appeals “This holiday period we need to make a conscious decision to be both careful and creative.  Think of alternative ways of wrapping or presenting gifts; don’t be fooled into purchasing goods that are packaged in such a way that they are obviously going to clog up the dustbin. Why not try to support companies that subscribe to sound environmental strategies?”

Jewaskiewitz, the IWMSA and its members ask us to become more aware of both purchasing and disposal as an integral whole.  Some simple solutions could be to reduce the amount of gift wrap you use by coming up with creative options.

The theme of this year’s IWMSA biennial Waste Conference, WasteCon2010 was “What is Your Waste Footprint?”  Some people wonder whether their seemingly small individual contribution to the overall effort can possibly have any impact. The truth is that we can’t depend on others; we all have to take individual responsibility for our behaviours and our own unique waste footprints.

So let’s make a special effort to continue to recycle wherever possible, remembering that this is an especially critical time of year in terms of general waste generation.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi-disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA visit: www.iwmsa.co.za


CJC Job Fair 2010: Creating Solutions for Sustainable Workforce Development

“For the youth of South Africa to fully realise their potential it is imperative to address the issues of poverty alleviation and job creation in the country,” said David Mabusela, Deputy Principal of the Central Johannesburg College (CJC) at the Opening Ceremony of the CJC Job Fair 2010 ‘Discovering Potential’ initiative in Parktown last week. Recent research has indicated that 2.8 million young people in South Africa are categorised as NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). In addition, approximately 1.5 million lost employment opportunities since the downturn of the economy leaving a lot of South Africans in desperate need of employment. As a Further Education and Training (FET) institution, CJC’s mandate is to help people in the margins of society by bringing them into the mainstream through vocational training.

Vocational Education Graduates are faced with the age old problem of needing experience in order to get a job but needing a job in order to gain experience. The Job Fair, an activity of the CJC Centre for Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) creates a platform for youth with vocational qualifications to meet prospective employers in a neutral environment. “CJC encourages private and public employers to work with our graduates. You may not give them a permanent job,” says CJC Principal Motsumi Makhene, “but give them an opportunity to learn from you through an internship or career relevant volunteer placement, to gain confidence in themselves and more importantly, to assist them in completing the required work integrated learning that leads to a National Diploma.”

What made this year’s Job Fair unique was the event sponsorship by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA) and the partnership with the Association of Personnel Service Organisation (APSO) and their network of partners. "APSO is delighted at the opportunity to work with CJC CEED in building bridges between the college environment and the world-of-work. As part of our mandate, APSO is committed to empowering work seekers to understand their rights and show them how to be 'job ready' so as to make the most of their engagements with the recruitment industry, one of the key entry points into the world-of-work. The 2010 Job Fair was a great success and we look forward to building a long-term relationship going forward" said Natalie Singer, Executive: Operations at APSO. The College continues its partnership with APSO and looks to extend its collaboration with more SETA’s for the May 2011 Provincial Job Fair for all 8 Gauteng Further Education and Training Colleges.

An exciting highlight at the opening ceremony of the job fair this year was the donation by ZF Friedrichshafen AG South Africa, of a number of CNC machines to CJC. ZF is one of the world's leading automotive industry suppliers specializing in driveline and chassis technologies with a workforce of about 100 000 employees operating 119 plants in 25 countries. These machines will be strategically used by CJC to develop a skilled labour force of CNC technicians within South Africa. “This is not just a donation of equipment,” said Dieter Kreissel, Plant Manager of ZF Auto Industrial Brakes and Chassis, “we want to make a difference to the youth of the country and are able to do so through our relationship with CJC.”

Over 80 members of private and public employer sector exhibiting at the fair and invited guests were delighted with the finale of the CJC Job Fair 2010 Opening Ceremony with the presentation of an impressive birthday cake to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Clonave, the former home of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of Jock of the Bushveld. A heritage building based on the Parktown Campus, Clonave is now the home of CJC’s CEED, the Centre behind the Job Fair and Workforce Development initiatives. The CJC CEED stand at the Job Fair 2010 provided a brilliant illustration of the restoration efforts, including renders and plans for green retrofitting of the 100-year old heritage house. “We have an exciting restoration plan for Clonave and welcome the participation of private and public sector partners to contribute to this effort either financially or through participation in our project to document and archive the stories around this beautiful house” said Principal Makhene.

For more information regarding restoration efforts of Clonave and the archive project, please e-mail clonave@cjcceed.com. For more information about CJC CEED or Job Fair 2010 please e-mail jobfair2010@cjcceed.com or alternatively contact Koki Kassaye, CEED Workforce Development Director on 011- 642-1993


Mobile Community mig33 Brings Android to 40+ Million Customers

As Android Enables “Smartphone Features at Feature Phone Prices,”  Emerging Markets and mig33 Anticipate Huge Growth

mig33, the world’s largest mobile-first community, today launched mig33 for Android, a much-anticipated, feature-rich version of the mobile social entertainment service that has already attracted more than 40 million registered users worldwide – and a version that radically widens mig33’s opportunity for future growth.

mig33 for Android squarely positions mig33 for continued success, as low-cost Android offerings are expected to soar worldwide and – in particular – in the emerging, mobile-first regions that have seen mig33’s Java and WAP versions help it grow to be the largest mobile-first community ever.

Today’s launch of the mig33 for Android (beta) means mig33’s games, chat features, virtual goods and other social entertainment services are now available on any Android mobile device, and may also soon be available pre-installed on new Android mobile devices manufactured by handset makers in China, Taiwan, and beyond.

“In our world, an Android customer and a mig33 fan are veritable soul mates, and this will become only more true in coming months,” said Steven Goh, CEO and co-founder, mig33.  “Both are social, savvy, mobile-centric, and entertainment-oriented – and both are just as likely to prize value as they are higher-end devices.  mig33 for Android was built specifically for those customers.

“Moreover, our Android offering ensures that mig33’s social entertainment services and virtual goods marketplace will be front and center for the next several generations of both mass-market smartphones and value-oriented handsets from the world’s top brands.”

Consistent with its incentive program targeted at handset manufacturers and VAS (mobile content) providers announced on Sep. 292, mig33 is offering a revenue share predicated on consumption of mig33 credits to handset makers that pre-install the mig33 application on Android devices just as it does with the Java app.

mig33 is modeled on successful East Asian social networking services such as Japan’s GREE and China's Tencent QQ, valued at USD$2.5 billion and $43 billion, respectively.  However, mig33 differentiates by bringing mobile community and entertainment to billions of consumers residing in the emerging, mobile-first markets of Indonesia, India, South Africa, and many more.

The mig33 for Android (beta) is available now at m.mig33.com for Android 2.1 and higher. Feedback can be shared by email to contact@mig33.com

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first community, delivering communications and social entertainment to more than 40 million members. Everyday, members in over 200 countries engage in chat, share photos, join groups, send gifts, play games, create avatars, call friends, email and much more. The service is available worldwide and optimized for more than 2,000 handsets. Launched in 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM; Indonesian entrepreneur Sugiono Wiyono Sugialam, and; GREE, Japan’s largest social networking service provider. For more information, please visit www.mig33.com.



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Discovering Potential at Central Johannesburg College

The Central Johannesburg College for Public Further Education and Training is hosting its third annual Job Fair on 30 November 2010 at the Parktown Campus.  Sponsored by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA) and in partnership with the Association of Personnel Service Organisation (APSO), the CJC Job Fair 2010 ‘Discovering Potential’ is a strategic workforce development collaboration.

“Further Education and Training Colleges have been positioned by the Minister of Higher Educating and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, to collaborate with SETAs towards accelerated skills and artisan development to meet 2014 Millennium Goals.  As part of their mandate, FET colleges have developed strategies to align themselves to the education, economic and social development priorities at the local government and national levels. The Central Johannesburg College, through its Centre for Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) aims to introduce the Job Fair concept in the new landscape of strategic convergence of FET colleges, SETAs and universities to realise the framework of Occupational Learning Systems” says Motsumi Makhene, Principal of Central Johannesburg College.

The CJC partnership with APSO for CJC Job Fair 2010 creates a dynamic collaboration between FET colleges and employers, through recruitment firms, to contribute towards the identification and coordination of employment opportunities for exit students and alumni.  “CJC Job Fair presents a perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between the world-of-work and education by building a system of talent search among FET college graduates.  Critical in the said system is the pre-job fair training and preparation of exit level students and alumni in an intensive program of career and job readiness clinics to complement weaknesses in the curriculum and enhance foundations of employability,” says Makhene.

The fair will take the form of an exhibition where businesses from both the public and private sectors will be able to showcase their companies and allow their Human Resources (HR) and Skills Development personnel to meet with students to discuss opportunities within their organisations. A seminar where volunteer speakers will share their experiences on career, interview skills, employee values and related topics will run concurrently to the exhibition. In addition the merSETA and CJC will share the latest information on skills development and opportunities for labour market collaboration with the participating companies.

Over 500 Central Johannesburg College exiting students and alumni who have completed the Job Fair Training Programme have been invited to attend the Job Fair where 40 businesses will be exhibiting. CJC’s FET students are required to complete 18 months on-the-job training before they can graduate and it is hoped that the Job Fair will give them access to internship opportunities as well as prospects for long-term employment following graduation. Entrepreneurial development and mentorship will be encouraged to address the high unemployment rate by creating more self-employable graduates.

For more information on the CJC Job Fair 2010 please e-mail jobfair2010@cjcceed.com or alternatively contact the CJC Job Fair Manager Koki Kassaye on 011-642-1993.


mig33 Launches Game Developer Program

mig33, the world’s largest mobile-first community, today introduced its new mig33 Game Developer Program, giving social game developers the promise of fast, easy and profitable access to its 40 million registered users and fast-growing virtual economy.

For mig33, the new program will radically expand its social game offerings, which already enjoy over 1 million game plays in Q3 this year.

In turn, social game developers worldwide now have access to the 40 million registered mig33 users who access the mobile social entertainment service via its J2ME downloadable client, WAP site and web.  The new program offers developers full API integration support, significant promotion opportunities, virtual goods options, and a generous revenue share.

mig33 also today announced the new program’s initial partners, which include:                                

Blue Leaf Games, an independent South Africa-based gamehouse developing multi-player games for mobile platforms, and developer of Moonbase, a massive multi-player online strategy game in which players seek to rule the moon. “Blue Leaf Games is thrilled to partner with mig33 and bring Moonbase to 40 million potential new players,” said Adrian Frielinghaus, CEO of Blue Leaf Games.

TheMobileGamer (TMG), a publisher of mobile social games for the fast-growing Southeast Asian market and developer of Club Wars, a game in which players manage their own clubs, seek fans, and challenge their friends. “mig33 has built one of Asia’s biggest and most vibrant virtual economies, and TheMobileGamer is proud to be one of its first gaming partners,” said Alvin Yap, CEO, TheMobileGamer.

Kooky Panda Ltd., a Beijing-based developer of more than 300 socially connected Flash Lite games, and publisher of Kooky Pets, in which players create and care for their own pets and “pet homes,” and visit with other pets and pet owners. “As a developer of Flash Lite mobile games, Kooky Panda is all about phone flash fun with friends, which makes us perfectly suited to team with a service as vibrant and fast-growing as mig33,” said Cherry Wu, CEO and co-founder of Kooky Panda.

“This new program opens the floodgates for social game developers who can build smart, engaging games, and who want access to a very large and loyal mobile-first community,” said Steven Goh, CEO and co-founder, mig33.  “For developers, it’s a virtually turn-key opportunity to get a big audience very quickly and generate significant revenue in fast-growing markets.

The new game developer program continues mig33’s push of new mobile social entertainment features.  In 2010 alone, mig33 has launched over a thousand virtual goods, avatar items and games.  Its members purchase more than four million virtual gifts per month, and exchange nearly one billion mig33 messages every day. 

For more information about mig33’s Game Developer Program, please email corporate@mig33global.com or visit www.mig33.com

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first community, delivering communications and social entertainment to more than 40 million registered members. Everyday, members in over 200 countries engage in chat, share photos, join groups, send gifts, play games, create avatars, call friends, email and much more. The service is available worldwide and optimized for more than 2,000 handsets. Launched in December 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM. For more information, please visit www.mig33.com.

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Youth learn about waste management at WasteCon2010

Grade 8 to 10 learners from Hoërskool Marais Viljoen and Fourways High School made creative use of waste products when visiting the waste management conference WasteCon2010 in Johannesburg recently. In an attempt to get the youth more involved and interested in the field of waste management the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) invited the learners from these two schools to attend the exhibition area at the conference and charged them “an article made out of waste materials” each to enter.

The resulting articles, which made innovative use of all types of waste materials from an old pair of denim jeans to the rubber ring of a creepy-crawly, were displayed in the exhibition area where passersby marvelled at their creativity. Recycling organisation Collect-a-Can later judged the items and awarded gift hampers to the four most creative articles from each school.  Collect-a-Can are experienced at judging such competitions as they have been running their own schools competitions since 2003 and have just recently wrapped up their CAN Craze Competition which encouraged learners to build creative structures out of 300 or more used cans. They will be announcing the winners shortly.

The young visitors were shown around the exhibition area where they learned from key waste management organisations and local municipalities what waste management is all about and what future career opportunities could lie in store for them in the field. 

“I think it’s a great idea to introduce waste management concepts to young people at this age as they are still impressionable and grasp the importance of waste management more easily than the older generation,” said Theresa Hurter, Waste Management Consultant at Interwaste. “We’d love the opportunity to show these learners around our material recovery facility (MRF) in Weltevreden Park so that they can see firsthand how the waste separation process works,” Hurter concluded.

“The youth play such an important role in the future of waste management and following the success of this visit we will definitely endeavour to continue the trend of inviting schools to attend our conferences in the future,” said Kobus de Meyer, Chairman of WasteCon2010.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA visit: www.iwmsa.co.za

WasteCon2010 is here

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) kicked off their 20th biennial waste management conference, WasteCon2010, at Emperors Palace yesterday. With the focus on the theme, “What is your Waste Footprint?” the opening ceremony audience were inspired by the famous words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change,” aptly expressing the importance of personal accountability when it comes to waste management. The conference, which will run until this Thursday, sees the coming together of industry players from across the board to discuss topics covering the
technical, policy and recycling aspects of waste management.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality’s mayoral committee member for environmentaldevelopment Clr Louis Sibeko when welcoming delegates said, “It is important that stakeholders in the waste management field communicate and work together and WasteCon presents the ideal forum for doing this.” Gauteng portfolio committee for agriculture and rural development chairperson Nokuthula Sikhakhane, in her keynote address, highlighted the progress that is being made towards their 2-year target in the implementation of the National Environmental Waste Act of 2009.

“While the new legislation presents significant improvements in the waste management arena there are still significant challenges which we are facing as an industry, particularly when it comes to the provision of sufficient funding and the availability of experienced and qualified staff,” said Stan Jewaskiewitz, President of the IWMSA

“WasteCon makes it possible for stakeholders to share their challenges and ideas for the resolution of these and other industry issues,” Jewaskiewitz stated. The exhibition areas, which are open free of charge to the general public for the first time this year, drew interested crowds who wandered through the impressive display of waste disposal vehicles and machinery displayed outside the venue as well as the multitude of exhibition stands inside. A record number of exhibitors have registered to participate in the exhibition this year and it is hoped that with the public’s inclusion, the conference will engage more people’s interest and encourage a greater awareness of waste management within South Africa.

A glittering Gala Dinner sponsored by Ekurhuleni Metro tied up the first day. “We see this conference as a milestone for the protection of the environment,” said Clr Zacharia Mpongose. “We want to ensure that we educate the community we represent to understand and respect the environment and at the same time we are working hard to build partnerships with consultants and experts in the field of waste management to assist in developing our region,” he concluded.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA visit: www.iwmsa.co.za