Last week Jonathan Cocker attended the International Bar Association’s African Regional Conference on the Environment in Cape Town, South Africa on November 28th-30th, 2018. Jonathan spoke on the panel, “Urban Waste Management: What Africa is Doing”, alongside fellow panelists Lloyd Christie (Director at ENSafrica), Richard Emery (Executive Associate, JG Afrika), Sally-Anne Kasner (Founder of Cirulcar Vision and Operations Manager of EcoStandard), and Richard Summers (Managing Director, Richard Summers Inc.)
The panel discussed the urban transformation and development of South Africa, and how increased urbanization is a catalyst for economic growth and human development. Importantly, the panel also discussed the logistical problems facing urban waste management in South Africa borne from increased urbanization. The group postulated on the necessary planning needed through legislature, policy, and technological innovation, and the inevitable mind-set change needed to view waste management as an opportunity for job creation and as a potential source of income. Through examining urban waste management policies and practice in several African cities, the panel discussed suitable interventions to ensure sustainable urban growth.