The economic group BRIICS consists of Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa. As a member country of the economic group, South Africa is one of the most dominant economies.
In 2015, Swedish delegations including representatives from the Environment and Energy Department along with representatives from other state authorities visited South Africa to strengthen the cooperation in the environmental field. The visit was associated with the Sweden-South Africa Binational Commission which took place in Stockholm on 19.-20 October 2015. During the BNC meeting, a letter of intent was signed to initiate the cooperation in the area of environmental protection and climate. The cooperation between the Swedish EPA and Department of Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa put focus on waste management.
South Africa is a new country partner to the Swedish EPA in the environmental field. In May 2016, the Swedish EPA started the partnership by visiting Pretoria and held a discussion on which issues should be prioritized in waste management. The Swedish EPA contributed with a thorough review on the development of waste management in Sweden and EU, as well as EU’s management on export and import of waste. After the dialogue, a long list was produced regarding to the waste management.
In September 2016, a workshop of waste management and a number of visits were organised in Sweden for en delegation from the Department of Environmental Affairs. During the workshop’s final discussion, one list of prioritized issues was created, leading to a suggested project on hazardous household waste management with two different types of municipalities as entry point.
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, located in East London, Eastern Cape, is one of our cooperation partners. In June 2016, one workshop was held in Buffalo City with participants from Department of Environmental Affairs, representatives from the region along with politicians, chiefs and project managers from Buffalo City. During the workshop, Buffalo City’s current situation and challenges were presented. The Swedish EPA gave presentations on hazardous waste management in Swedish municipalities, the need and the value of a sound plan for communication in the area of waste management.
Further efforts will be made during 2017, such as a fundamental and initial study on current situation of hazardous waste in Buffalo City.