South Africa’s Minister for Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa has withdrawn the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP), which was submitted by the REDISA.
In June 2017, Molewa called for public comments after she announced her intention to withdraw the IIWTMP. The withdrawal is effective from 1 October 2017.
“Having duly considered all the comments received, the Minister decided to withdraw the plan, citing REDISA’s term of contract has come to an end. In addition, our evaluation performed over a period of time indicated that there has been poor governance of the plan.
"There has also been mismanagement related matters that have been raised in court papers and led to the provisional and final liquidation orders of REDISA being granted to the Department of Environmental Affairs,” the department said.
In the interim period the government’s Waste Management Bureau (WMB) will manage the waste tyre stream through the 2017 Waste Tyre Regulations gazetted for implementation in Gazette No. 41157.
“The newly gazetted regulations repeal the Waste Tyre Regulations, 2009 and aim to remove duplications, advance the implementation of waste tyre strategy to reduce the environmental externalities associated with waste tyres in South Africa.
“The Regulations provide for transitional arrangements in the event that a waste tyre management plan expires, be withdrawn or be terminated,” the department said.
The department has called on all participants that were registered with REDISA to register with the Bureau.