South Africa


Sustainable Recycling Industries: South Africa (SRI: SA)

The country project for South Africa is currently being implemented as Phase II of the SRI Programme.

South Africa joined the programme after the other SRI countries (Peru, Egypt, Ghana, and Columbia), with activities starting in late 2020. South Africa has taken significant strides in the improvement of the WEEE (E-waste) management landscape and will continue to do so until  mid-2025.

The SRI: SA project follows the log frame for all countries, with a focus on strengthening the legislative and policy framework, supporting development of normative requirements and performance measures, developing accredited WEEE training curriculum, enhancing business optimisation and WEEE value chains, and identifying solutions for hazardous fractions.

The SRI: SA project comprises several key outputs aimed at creating a more capacitated, skilled and level playing field within the South African WEEE management space and for all EEE value chain partners. To this end, the project includes the development of a National WEEE Management Policy and minimum requirement-based operational and technical Norms and Standards for all WEEE related activities and operational facilities in the South African WEEE management chain.

As part of a wider “Certification Assessment and Verification” scheme, the project seeks to develop an auditing protocol aligned to the legally mandated Norms and Standards and set up pilot audits to test these auditing protocols.

The project aims to assist with the development of two accredited national training programmes together with the relevant Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). The purpose of the training programmes will be to drive capacity and skills development targeting both very low as well as higher NQF based educational level.

Additionally, a Municipal WEEE Compass will be developed as a comprehensive toolkit for local government around how to internalise implications of national policy at a local level, how to develop local bylaws and physical support structures based on recently introduced EPR regulations, and how to support private sector WEEE industry development.

SRI: SA promotes key outputs aimed at supporting businesses and stakeholders within the WEEE value chain. Leveraging the successful launch of WEEE are iLembe in 2023, the SRI:SA team will expand this platform to create a national WEEE knowledge hub called “WEEE are SA”.  The “WEEE are SA” platform, alongside an awareness campaign, aims to drive sustainable WEEE management throughout South Africa with the potential for a regional impact.

The SRI:SA project also aims to map all public and private incentives, incubators, and accelerators in South Africa that are relevant to businesses within the WEEE value chain. The aim is to engage with institutions that administer these incentive-based initiatives to identify opportunities  to support WEEE industry growth.

The project will also be developing a framework for establishment of small-scale WEEE facilities, which will act as a guideline to SMMEs and entrepreneurs who are considering entering the WEEE management space. Finally, in relation to understanding problematic WEEE fractions, the SRI team will be hosting a series of workshops focussed on finding cutting edge solutions for newly emerging waste streams from the just energy transition (Li-Ion batteries, PV panels) and WEEE plastics.


For more information contact the local implementing agents:

National Coordinator:

Susanne Karcher


Local Coordinator and Economist:

Paul Jones


Mineral and Environmental Law and Policy consultant:

Aysha Lotter

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