E-Waste in South Africa

Butjwana Seokoma

, by Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

In a bid to tackle the problem of electronic-waste (e-waste) in South Africa, the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) hosted a one-day conference on 7 November 2008 in Johannesburg.

The conference was aimed at providing a platform to discuss the successes and lessons learnt while implementing electronic waste (e-waste) management systems. It also served as an opportunity for the project team to report on progress made thus far.

eWASA’s Keith Anderson warned that: “Africa is becoming a dumping ground for America and Europe under the guise of donations.” He said eWASA will engage the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) to keep track of donated equipment to the country.