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South Africa collaborates with Japan to combat plastic pollution

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The leakage of plastic waste into the environment, including the marine environment, is an issue of global concern. In view of the symptom of growing consumption of single-use plastic combined with weak waste collection, recycling and disposal systems, sustainable solutions are required.

Research by Jambeck et al (2015) ranked South Africa 11th in terms of the mass of mismanaged plastic waste by countries globally in 2010. Media statement

Contact Person

David Mandaha

+12 841 3654/ 072 126 8910

dmandaha@csir.co.za

The leakage of plastic waste into the environment, including the marine environment, is an issue of global concern. In view of the symptom of growing consumption of single-use plastic combined with weak waste collection, recycling and disposal systems, sustainable solutions are required.

Research by Jambeck et al (2015) ranked South Africa 11th in terms of the mass of mismanaged plastic waste by countries globally in 2010. Media statement

Japan has committed to make funds available to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in order to combat the marine plastic litter issue in South Africa. This follows a bilateral meeting that was held between South African President Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe on 29 June 2019, prior to the G20 Osaka Summit.

The collaborative public-private sector project will be announced at a high-level signing ceremony to be held in Pretoria on Friday, 26 July 2019. The project will be implemented by UNIDO and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The project aims to explore the potential for transitioning to sustainable alternatives from conventional plastics, including opportunities for local manufacturing and economic development.

The implementation of this project will materialise the “MARINE Initiative”, which will contribute to the realization of the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision”.

The event will also see the launch of a book published by UNISA Press that explores the opportunities for biomass and organic waste valorisation in South Africa.

The event will be attended by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Nomalungelo Gina, the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Norio Maruyama, UNIDO Representative, Mr. Khaled El Mekwad, Executive Director of Plastics SA, Mr. Anton Hanekom, CSIR Group Executive: Business Excellence and Integration, Ms. Khungeka Njobe, amongst others.

Members of the media will have the opportunity to engage with local and international experts on the topic and visit an exhibition of various products developed to eliminate plastic waste, including biodegradable plastic.

The media is invited as follows:
Date: Friday, 26 July 2019
Time: 09h30 – 13h00
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons, Ulwazi Auditorium, Building 50, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria

RSVP by Wednesday, 24 July 2019 to dmandaha@csir.co.za (072 126 8910) or p.dewet@unido.org (060 979 1359)

NB: Please remember to bring your ID, Passport or Driver’s License to facilitate access to the CSIR campus.

Enquiries:

CSIR:
David Mandaha, CSIR Media Relations Manager
Email: dmandaha@csir.co.za
Tel: 072 126 8910 / 012 841 3654

UNIDO:
Petro de Wet: UNIDO SA Media and Gender Specialist
Email: p.dewet@unido.org
Tel: 060 979 1359

Embassy of Japan (Pretoria):
Naomasa Kugimoto
Tel: 012 452 1500
Email: naomasa.kugimoto@mota.org.jp