In building on the four pillars of the Inkwazi Isu implementation plan, the workshop recently held covered the Education and Clean-up pillars and aimed to foster relationships between stakeholders and strengthen collaboration. The workshop, facilitated by Andrew Manning, Emmanuel Sakado and Douw Steyn, identified goals, partners and ACTIONS in the massive initiative to address the plastics pollution in the Amanzimtoti and Umbogotweni river catchment area in KwaZulu Natal.
In line with the goals of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and the SA Initiative to End Plastics Waste, we identified four areas that stakeholders will focus on viz.: infrastructure, innovation & technology, education & training, and clean-up campaigns and developed action plans for each.
The task of educating communities and creating awareness of pollution in our rivers, will be implemented and coordinated by SA Health Foundation, Durban Solid Waste, Clean Surf Project, Triple P, Social Waste Management SA, SW Recyclers, Plastics SA, WESSA and Durban Clean Community. POLYCO, PETCO and the Polystyrene Association of SA are all committed to empowering and supporting these organisations. POLYCO has taken it upon itself to maintain and support the local taxi rank at Amanzimtoti Lagoon.
Stakeholders and members involved in the workshop were:
- Education and Clean-ups Working Group Lead: Douw Steyn
- Project Manager: Dr. Emmanuel Sakado
- Clean Surf: Denzil vd Westhuizen
- Sapphire Coast Tourism: Romy Wenzel
- WESSA Upper South Coast Branch: Bob Skipping and Colleen Gill
- Social Waste Management: Juan Matthyzen
- DSW Education: Nomalanga Gumede
- Association of Clean Communities Trust: Guy Caws
- Local Community Member: Mark Bertasso
- Chairman KZN Marine Waste Network South Coast (Inkwazi Isu)
- Andrew Manning
- Polyco – Lisl Liedeman and Nicola Rowe
It is only through collaboration that we will attain our goals!
For more information on Inkwasi Isu please visit http://www.inkwaziisu.co.za/