The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of SA (Redisa) says that it is committed to reviving its operations following the finding by the Supreme Court of Appeal that it was the subject of a campaign to ruin the programme.
South Africa’s REDISA vows to make a comeback after being cleared by the Supreme Court of Appeal
On 24 January 2019, the SCA overturned final liquidation orders against Redisa, granted in 2017 at based on a request from former environmental affairs minister, the late Dr Edna Molewa.
Redisa executive director Stacey Davidson says the SCA judgement thoughtfully and thoroughly discredited the allegations made against the programme and hoped that it would now bring the matter to a close.
Going forward Davidson says its management team was conducting a comprehensive analysis of the extent of the backlog that ensued following the unlawful liquidation in 2017 with the aim of resuming operations in the shortest possible time.
“From the time Redisa was set up, our innovative waste management model was commended for its efficiency and effectiveness and the value it created for all its stakeholders, including the thousands of previously unemployed who were able to make a living from tyre collection, storage and processing. Our goal now is to ensure that we are able to resume operations and again maximise the value to all stakeholders and, in the process, help drive growth in the economy,” says Davidson.
“We stand by our programme’s effectiveness in dealing with this serious environmental situation, exacerbated by the minister’s ill-informed actions, and want to assure South Africans that we will do everything in our power to get our systems back on track so that we can deal with this crisis.”