Circular Economy in South Africa


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Circular economy

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2 hours

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The goal of the course is to raise awareness and strengthen the capacities of key stakeholders in South Africa in relation to a circular economy.

Welcome to the e-learning course:
Circular Economy for the Waste Sector in South Africa!

Why take this course?

The goal of the course is to raise awareness and strengthen the capacities of key stakeholders in South Africa when it comes to a circular economy. During the course, participants will learn about key concepts, opportunities and tools that can be applied to enable circularity in the waste sector.

At the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Explain what a circular economy is, its main principles, objectives and benefits
  • Identify key issues and economic opportunities in the South African waste sector
  • Describe applications of circularity in the waste sector
  • Describe the current waste management policy framework
  • Identify concrete approaches that can support the circularity transition in South Africa

The course at a glance

  • 1. Introduction to Circular Economy

    The first module provides the rationale and key concepts related to circular economy. It also provides an overview of South Africa's waste sector

  • 2. Opportunities for Circularity in the Waste Sector

    The second module explores concrete examples and best practices for applying circularity from all over the world.

  • 3. Policy Approaches for Circular Economy

    The third module examines how different policy tools can be used to enable circularity in South Africa.

Your Instructors

  • Jan Willem Timmer
    Jan Willem Timmer

    Senior Consultant, EcoMetrix Africa

  • Siem Haffmans
    Siem Haffmans

    Senior Consultant, Partners for Innovation

  • Flora Poppelaars
    Flora Poppelaars

    Consultant, Partners for Innovation

  • Josh Williams
    Josh Williams

    Consultant, EcoMetrix Africa

Get your Certificate

To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants need to complet the final course assessment. To complete the test learners are allowed 3 attempts; a grade equal to or higher than 70% constitutes a passing grade.

Once conditions are met, the certificate can be downloaded in the section "certification" on the main course page.

Special thanks to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Switch Africa Green Programme of the European Union, for the excellent support and cooperation in realising this course.

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