In 2018 after a severe flood in KZN, Clean Surf Project conducted major beach clean up’s along the south Coast and collected tons of plastic, which they had nowhere to send. They realised that something had to be done to address this environmental crisis and contacted the KZN Waste Network and Plastic Alliance SA, looking for a solution. Together with other role players in Amanzimtoti, they had realised that the plastic waste problem was a complex one and would need a comprehensive and multisectoral approach to address.
Through the Plastic Alliance, SA Initiative, various role players were brought on board from Industry and from the local community the following Organisations were included in a series of workshops to define the problem:
- Clean Surf Project,
- Ward 97 Councillor,
- Sapphire Coast Tourism,
- eThekwini Department of Solid Waste, and
- Toti Conservancy.
SASOL then funded a Baseline study of the area to define the problem and determine the feasibility of a project to address plastic pollution on the upper south-coast. The Project Area has been defined as the Amanzimtoti and eZimbokodweni Catchments This includes the Isipingo river and the Little Amanzimtoti river which are connected to the main rivers through sewer infrastructure, and thus from part of the catchment area.
Based on this groundwork a collaboration was required between all the role players to design and implement a cohesive response to the challenge of the environmental impact of Plastics.
A Steering Committee was constituted in June 2020 to facilitate the design of a the Inkwazi Isu solutions framework.
The Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee is to facilitate collaboration with all role players to provide an integrated approach to the development and implementation of:
- Waste Management Infrastructure;
- Clean-up’s, beach and rivers;
- Education, and
- Innovation and Technology.
The Steering Committee will work on a relevant Institutional Design such that the individual projects offered by the various role players in the Industry can be consolidated into a meaningful, sustainable, single entity program that incorporates the best solutions from each role player and has the capacity to manage an integrated solution by managing the various components to build capacity to responsibly manage plastic from cradle to grave.