24th biennial WasteCon 2018 conference

The premier showcase of best practice in African waste management solutions, WasteCon 2018, is fast approaching! We would love for you to join us at the 24th WasteCon conference and exhibition, taking place from 15 to 19 October 2018 at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.

In support of the objective of reducing waste to landfill, as set out in the Waste Act (Section 2), the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) will host its flagship biennial conference under the theme “Implementing the Waste Hierarchy”. The aim of the waste management hierarchy is to extract the maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste.

Plenary sessions, presentations and parallel sessions (including three workshops) will be conducted by leaders in their respective specialisations over a period of three days from 16 to 18 October 2018. These sessions will provide an overview as well as an in-depth description of the developments, research, innovations, and technologies in the waste management arena.

A keynote address titled, “Challenging Changes Connecting Waste hierarchy and Circular economy” by Ad Lansink, is just one of the many fascinating presentations attendees can look forward to.

The conference will also be attended by students in the environmental and waste management fields, providing them with insights into the future of the industry and the opportunity to network with key stakeholders.

A wide range of exhibitors will showcase their diverse waste management products and services. The exhibition space is open to the public.

To access the provisional conference programme, click here. For more information on WasteCon 2018, please visit

Media RSVP: Media who wish to attend WasteCon 2018 are invited to review the programme and choose one of the conference days (16, 17 or 18 October 2018) to attend. Media accreditation is valid for one pre-selected day only.

Please RSVP to Nadia Nel via email at by Tuesday, 02 October 2018.

Changes at the top of Toyota South Africa

Less than three months after his appointment as executive VP and COO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Andrew Kirby has been appointed TSAM president and CEO. He took up his new position on April 1. Kirby replaces Dr Johan van Zyl, who has been appointed TSAM chairperson.

Van Zyl will retain his position as Toyota Europe CEO, gained last year, with his office based in Brussels. However, Van Zyl also relinquishes his position as CEO of the Africa region, a position he held since 2013. This post will now be managed from Tokyo, Japan, with Takeshi Isogaya appointed CEO of the Africa region. Toyota Motor Corporation says in a statement that Van Zyl’s role within TSAM will be of “a more strategic nature”, and that he will continue to “guide and support the TSAM management into the future”.

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“Andrew is a very experienced, multitalented motoring man and I am confident he will do an outstanding job as the new president and CEO of TSAM,” says Van Zyl. “The road ahead economically will not always be an easy one to travel, but I believe that, with Andrew and the executive team, we will meet every challenge successfully and continue . . . to remain an integral part of South African life for many years to come. “I feel very privileged to have personally shared in this rich Toyota legacy and for the ongoing role that I have been asked to play.”

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