Durban - The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has thrown its supports behind the arrest of nine individuals, including two eThekwini municipal officials, for their alleged involvement in a multi-million rand waste tender fraud scheme.
The IWMSA has also recently reported four municipalities to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for mismanaging landfills.
Leon Grobbelaar, the president of IWMSA said they took a strong stance towards ethical governance and will therefore always report any illegal activity pertaining to waste management.
“In South Africa the mismanagement of tax payers’ money on waste services is clearly visible in our country. In the past 20 years the IWMSA has seen a drastic decline in municipal memberships which may be one of the reasons for the decline in proper management of municipal waste,” Grobbelaar said.
“The IWMSA can assist municipalities in verifying reputable waste contractors. If municipalities insist that all tenderers belong to the IWMSA we can ensure that the tenderers operate in line with the Code of Ethics. The IWMSA’s Code of Ethics states that all members should abide by the Constitution, including section 24, which is protecting everyone’s environmental right. The recent reported activity is in breach of the Constitution and Section 24. The numerous waste experts that form part of the IWMSA’s membership can guide municipalities and evaluate if rates tendered are in line with national standards,” Grobbelaar added.