THIS COURSE IS NOT A WASTE!
The environment in South Africa is declining owing to increasing pollution, unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, water pollution, declining air quality, threats to our ecosystem and land degradation.
Waste management is a critical element of sustainable development. Waste management includes the collection, transport and disposal of the various types of waste, such as municipal (household, commercial and demolition), hazardous (industrial), biomedical, electronic and radioactive waste. Waste management includes any activity involved in the organisation of waste from production to final treatment.
The mismanagement of waste contributes directly to environmental degradation. Any official involved in the management of waste is required to have a sound knowledge of all the legal requirements that need to be implemented. Sound knowledge and managerial skills are required to prevent mismanagement. National standards and norms are set to ensure uniformity for the management of waste.
There are numerous international agreements relating to waste management to which South Africa has subscribed. Although it is crucial to be knowledgeable about these agreements, it is also imperative to distinguish between non-binding conventions and protocols applicable to waste management.
The National Environmental Management: Waste Act of 2008 (59 of 2008) [NEM: WA] aims to reform the law regulating waste management in order to protect public health and the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation, and for securing ecologically sustainable development. Furthermore, NEM: WA provides for compliance and enforcement mechanisms, procedures and related matters.
South Africa needs professionals trained in the waste sector to reverse environmental deterioration and to seize opportunities that present themselves for more sustainable and responsible ways of managing waste.
This course would benefit any person interested in a career in the national, provincial and local waste management sectors as well as private waste management companies. The course would serve as a foundation for a waste management career, e.g. waste inspector, waste officer and waste manager.
The Higher Certificate in Management, with Waste Management as a 2nd major, is a one-year, 120-credit qualification registered on the NQF at level 5, SAQA ID 98913.