|Basic refuse removal policy proposed|
Speaking at the local government Indaba on the environment in Gauteng earlier this week, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Buyelwa Sonjica said that her department planned to take a new refuse removal policy to Cabinet for approval before the end of the year.
“The first thing that must be understood about this policy, is that it is meant to ensure that there is a good service provided to all South Africans, especially those who are currently in unserviced areas.”
She said that municipalities expected to be central to effective waste management, and that the National Environmental Management Waste Act would allow the department to drive a recycling economy.
“This will further contribute to job creation potential, with emphasis on waste collection initiatives involving small, medium and macro-sized enterprises and recycling businesses.”
Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs deputy Minister Yunus Carrim noted that despite the progressive nature of the Acts governing environmental policy in South Africa, the implementation of the Acts were made difficult by their complexity.
“I am told that there is a Water Quality Act and an Air Pollution Act, which is much too sophisticated for us. The values and goals behind the Acts are correct, but unless we give local government the ability to implement those Acts, and unless we have the implementation plan for the other spheres of national and provincial government, this legislation will reside in the air.”