Vision and Mission

The purpose of the SAEWA is to provide and grow on a Southern African scale a safe, reliable and equitable service delivery footprint for both commercial business clients and individual households. SAEWA members seek to partner with each other to be able to offer prospective SAEWA clients a “one stop shop” solution for e- waste. This is done by passing e-waste through a logistic chain of the most suitable and value adding members and their respective services to maximise both the recovery of “function” and “material” in a cradle-to-cradle based management system.

The VISION of the SAEWA is to develop a blueprint for integrative, grass-root oriented e-waste management which can be adopted throughout Southern Africa as a workable, competent and accountable “operational collaboration model”. The latter is formed by otherwise independent service providers that seek to benefit from jointly fulfilling recovery and treatment obligations as set out by industry based (and financed) take-back systems.

The SAEWA MISSION is to create a nation-wide (and beyond) footprint that will enable people to refurbish, recover, rework and recycle locally, thereby supporting the local waste management economy as much as possible.

The SAEWA also promotes the further development of comprehensive upstream e-waste take-back solutions and programmes by supporting WEEE industry and client based policy development and resulting take-back initiatives as well. Additionally the SAEWA strongly encourages the active introduction of environmentally sustainable and intelligent design on manufacturing level (maximizing the life-span of equipment), improved (and new technology based) downstream recycling activities and diversion of components from landfill for unique entrepreneurial waste to art community job creation projects.

The SAEWA is currently positioning itself to become the OFFICIAL VOICE representing environmentally responsible and ethically operating collectors, dismantlers, recyclers and refurbishers in South(ern) Africa to communicate (through this NPO) industry specific needs (both service and financial support oriented) related to fulfilling future “producer” based EPR obligations as part of the recently developed WEEE Industrial Waste Management Plan.