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Officials ‘Waste’ No Time at MILE Master Class
eThekwini Municipality’s innovative  approach to solid waste management has paved the way for the City to host yet another Master Class in this field to disseminate knowledge to other municipalities around KwaZulu-Natal,  South Africa and the region who are grappling with similar solid waste management challenges within their respective municipalities.

This was the second master class run by MILE in partnership with Durban’s Cleansing and Solid Waste (DSW) Unit, in the field of Solid Waste Management.  As with all MILE Master Classes that utilise the blended learning methodology, this three day session was crammed with informative presentations, expert facilitation and exciting site visits, all of which were led by the team from DSW and MILE. Asiye eTafuleni, a local NGO also added great value to the discussions, on the role the informal economy can play in waste management.

Participants were also given a chance to engage in debate and dialogue after every session. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality delegates played an active role in these discussions and it was heartening to hear the honesty when practitioners spoke. Using this forum to openly share the lessons that they have learned, their successes and failures added great depth to the overall learning experience.

 It was also particularly useful to hear the experiences of delegates from Swaziland and Dar es Salaam, who acknowledged that although the contexts differed, the principles still were relevant. Morgen Zivhave, the Tanzanian representative of the Sustainable Cities International Network (SCIN) that partnered with MILE and DSW to ensure participation of Dar es Salaam was encouraged by the feedback received from Selemani Kitururu who attended the Master Class. It is proposed that over the next few months, learning’s from Durban be shared with Tanzania, through the MILE technical support programme.

Siyabonga Dlamini, an Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs at Zululand District Municipality was impressed with the calibre of the course. He said, “What we have learnt here is an investment and we will indeed network in the future. This initiative undertaken by MILE and DSW is highly appreciated and it provided a valuable opportunity to learn. We shall take back the experiences gained from this master class to make a difference in our Municipalities.”

Rugan Polliah a Foreman at Msunduzi Municipality shared his thoughts about the master class. “MILE and DSW were well organised, the learning’s and presentations were excellent. I will indeed take back all the learning’s to share with my colleagues. Our municipality hopes to work with eThekwini Municipality in the near future in terms of projects pertaining to solid waste management,” remarked Polliah.

Municipalities were given an opportunity to indicate the support they required in terms of solid waste management. MILE has acknowledged these municipalities’ needs and further engagements will be planned between them and the DSW department.

Download the detailed learning note from here:

Solid Waste Management Master Class- Learning Notes.pdfSolid Waste Management Master Class- Learning Notes.pdf

Click here to access all the learning material and presentations from this event.

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