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Department of Cooperative Governance. Inputs on the Implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy Modjadji Malahlela 29 May 2012. Structure. Purpose Legislative Provision Alignment to Outcome 9 Key Issues Way-forward Conclusion. Purpose.

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Department of

Cooperative Governance

Inputs on the Implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy

Modjadji Malahlela

29 May 2012


  • Purpose

  • Legislative Provision

  • Alignment to Outcome 9

  • Key Issues

  • Way-forward

  • Conclusion


  • Confirm DCoG’s commitment to support the implementation of the strategy

  • Provide DCoG’s inputs on the implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy.

  • Mobilise for support to municipalities in implementing the strategy

Legislative Provision

  • Constitution: Schedule 5 Part B: Refuse removal, refuse dumps and solid waste disposal

  • Municipal Structures Act: Chapter 5 : Powers and Functions

  • District municipalities

  • Section 84(e) : Solid Waste Disposal sites- strategy; regulation of waste disposal; establishments, management of bulk waste disposal transfer facilities.

  • All other functions related to the service resides in Category B municipalities(except where there has been a devolution of functions form local to district municipality)

  • Metros responsible for all the functions.

Legislative Provision

  • Municipal Systems Act: Chapter 5: Integrated Development Planning to give effect to Section 152 of the Constitution

  • Quality of integrated development planning dependent on quality inputs from sector legislation and policies, such as National Environment Management : Waste Act, the NWMS

Alignment with Outcome 9

  • DCoG supports the Strategy

  • Goals as highlighted aligned to Outcome 9 vision of “A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system”

  • Goal 2: Ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of waste services Output 2(improved access to basic services)

  • Goal 5: Achieve integrated waste management planning linked to Output 1: Outcome 9 Differentiated Approach to planning, financing and support

Alignment with Outcome 9

  • Outcome 9: Output 1: Differentiated Approach to municipal financing, planning and support;

  • Development of IDP’s that focus on the delivery of critical services;

  • 2011/12- Revision of the IDP framework;

  • Identification of critical services- Waste Management identified as a critical service

  • Subsequently, Integrated Waste Management plan identified as a mandatory sector plan.

Key issues

  • Goal 2: Ensure the effective and efficient delivery of waste services(linked to Output 2 of Outcome 9)

  • IWMP to set out standards for achieving appropriate waste collection standards in each community- currently this area is a challenge in the IDPs- IWMP not developed, where they have been developed relevance to the unique nature of the environment highly questionable, especially in smaller municipalities;

  • Support urgently required for municipalities- move away from compliance but to realistic implementable plans that take into account the financial and administrative capabilities of the municipalities.

Key issues

  • Goal 5:Achieve integrated waste management planning

  • Guidelines for IWMP to be fast-tracked- the guidelines need to take into account the differences in municipalities as well as the powers and functions in the local govt sphere

  • E.g. District with its legislated functions- what should such an IWMP contain, Metros and secondary cities, smaller (rural) municipalities; medium –sized munic’s

  • Need to develop performance indicators in respect of each category of munics’, to ensure linkage between plans, implementation and performance management

Key issues

  • Goal 5:

  • Strategy requires munics to amend the IDP to align to IWMP- IDPs reviewed annually

  • Input: Ensure alignment between the SDF, Disaster Management Plan, Housing Plan and the IWMP

  • Emphasis of the strategy is on monitoring compliance and less focus on providing support to municipalities

  • Not coming clear: Capacity building to municipalities to develop and implement IWMP.

Key issues

  • Goal 5: Support to municipalities(Role of DCoG vs DEA)

  • DCoG as a coordinating dept(Table 5 page 56)

  • Proposed areas of support

  • Guidelines on the IWMP

  • Costing of rendering the services in a sustainable manner(Goal 6)

  • Training on the preparation of the IWMP and alignment with other plans esp the SDF and the Housing Plan

  • 2015 target: a full-indication of mid-term milestones to make up the 2015 targets

Key issues

  • Proposal of an interdepartmental team- DEA, SALGA, DCoG, NT, DHS welcome.

  • DEA’s participation in the municipal IDP process at least at a district level also critical.

  • Norms and standards on management of land fill sites also critical.

  • Goal 8: Waste Management Officers: Differentiation critical: E.g in smaller munics the WMO to be at district level, in cases of secondary cities and metros to have WMO.

Key issues

  • Norms and standards/ service levels that is relevant to the unique nature of municipalities continues to be a challenge – affecting ability to plan, manage expectations, budget and implement.


  • In line with Output 1(Outcome 9), 70 municipalities to be supported to develop IDPs that focuses on delivery of critical services, linked to budgets;

  • Provides an opportunity for collaboration between DCoG and DEA to implement some elements of the strategy as well as to test the applicability of the strategy;

  • The municipalities can be supported to develop service levels, standards, IWMP that are aligned to both the SDF’s and Housing plans in particular;


  • Municipality remain the primary implementers of the strategy;

  • Capacity and support to local government to be a priority in the implementation of the strategy;

  • Linking waste management and disaster risk reduction(disaster management);

  • How do disaster management plans take into account waste management related issues and address in an integrated manner.

  • On the overall, DCoG is commits to support the rollout of the strategy