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Critical Dialogue, Season 1, Episode 7

What to do about all our waste

South Africans produce many tons of organic, plastic and electronic waste every day, much of which ends up in landfills, polluting our rivers, oceans and the environment. 

It’s a growing problem that shows little sign of slowing down. 

To gain a deeper understanding of the exact scale of this issue, how we might achieve the ambitious targets government bodies have set, as well as of emerging business opportunities in waste recycling and resource recovery, listen to Episode 7 of the Cornerstone Institute Critical Dialogues on Bush Radio 89.5FM next Thursday evening (18 November,  2021). 

Nina Louw, an adjunct lecturer at Cornerstone Institute Business Studies will facilitate the discussion with Ashley du Plooy, acting CEO of the E-waste Recycling Authority (ERA) – a non-profit company whose mission is to help the producers of electronic waste comply with stricter environmental regulations in a simple, effective, affordable and measurable way – and Emile Fourie, a founding member of the Organics Recycling Association of South Afric

You can follow the discussion on  Cornerstone Institute's

Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Biography: Facilitator & Guests

Adjunct-Lecturer, Cornerstone Institute Business Studies

Nina is a strategic management and change facilitator, with industry experience in strategy, change and business development in financial services, mining and small businesses. 

As a lifelong learner and teacher she is currently pursuing a PhD with a focus in strategic management and how this relates to sustainable development and a circular-economy approach to business. 

She lectures at both Cornerstone Institute and Stellenbosch University. 

Nina is curious and an avid reader. She tries to go to the mountains or catch a wave whenever possible. 

Ashley du Plooy, Acting CEO: E-Waste Recycling Authority

With 30 years of experience in senior executive management, Ashley’s most exercised skills are that of strategic business planning, fundraising, systems & administration design, and networking & process facilitation across multiple sectors.

His responsibilities and skills range across the entire spectrum of core organisational functions: financial accounting, planning, fundraising, marketing, sales, business process, statutory compliance, human resources, management reporting, and administration.

His primary concern is to develop competent organisations and programmes that can effectively address the myriad of developmental challenges facing our nation. He aims to encourage these organisations and programmes, but also to hold them accountable alongside government and the private sector.

His key sectors are education, SMME development, youth development, orphans and vulnerable children, microfinance and the development finance industry.

His passion is social and economic justice with a focus on youth enterprise and jobs facilitation.

He chaired a multi-stakeholder process resulting in the formation of E-Waste Recycling Authority (ERA NPC). His is the primary author and researcher of the national E-waste plan, which has a budget of R3 billion over five years and across over 2 000 new enterprises.

The plan is currently being assessed for promulgation nationally.

Emile Fourie, Founding and Committee member, Organics Recycling Association of South Africa

Emile, a founding member of Y-waste Solutions and Gezakapa, has over 11-yrs of experience as a social entrepreneur. He has used his formal qualifications in finance and marketing to pioneer social entrepreneurship, developing circular economic business models within the green economy.

He is particularly interested in using this thinking to create tangible, effective and sustainable change, striving for a balance between people, planet and profit. 

His primary focus is heading up the Genius of Space Project, where he aims to prove the true sustainable powers of circular economics by pioneering Ywaste’s business model in the informal economy of Langrug, Franschhoek. 

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