ISWA at IFAT Africa 2019

ISWA once again proudly participated in IFAT Africa, this year taking place between 9th and 11th July in Johannesburg, South Africa.

21 Jul 2019 -

Represented by Aditi Ramola and Daniel Purchase, ISWA were invited by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce to share a pavilion at the leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling in Southern Africa. This year saw over 3,300 visitors at the exhibition and conference from all over Africa, and further afield.

Aditi Ramola supported the moderation of the opening session "How can environmental technologies support achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? Current state of affairs and further potentials in Southern Africa’s food & drink industry." This talk was just the beginning of three exciting days and ISWA directly organised two further sessions.

The first, a technical seminar on Integrated waste management systems in Southern Africa in cooperation with ISWA’s new National Member, Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) was a huge success with fascinating insights and contributions from the African continent and worldwide. Panellists included representatives from Zoomlion, the German Environment Agency, CDE, and the City of Johannesburg.

Furthermore, as part of ISWA’s cooperation with the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), Aditi took part in a successful session on how waste management can foster climate protection, alongside representatives from the German Environment Agency, C40 Cities, JG Africa and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning of the Western Cape Government.

ISWA wrapped up IFAT with an inspiring Young Professionals career talk and networking event. Leon Grobbelaar (President of IWMSA) and Anja Schwetje (Senior Advisor, German Environment Agency) shared their inspiring career stories with a group of eager young professionals looking to make it in the waste management industry. ISWA’s National Member is now actively looking to set up a regional YPG chapter – and the demand for this was evidenced by the success of the session.

In taking part in IFAT Africa, it was clear that there is substantial appetite to develop sustainable and sound waste management systems and move away from the setup of the past. With two new National Members in the region, and more applications in place, ISWA will play a leading role in the dissemination of knowledge and support the region with the key tools needed to develop its waste management infrastructure.

ISWA will continue its partnership with IFAT in Mumbai, India (16-18 October 2019), and in Munich (4-8 May 2020). See you there!

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