The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) invites you to join us for the ISWA2024 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa from 15 to 18 September 2024 taking place for the first time on African soil.  Come and experience Cape Town, South Africa’s beauty, culture and vibrance. We want you to be part of the conferences’ legacy, where we move Africa, which is well resourced, from waste to wealth and help us provide solutions for a sustainable future.”

Mpendulo Ginindza – IWMSA President and ISWA2024 Conference Chair


Why Attend

The ISWA World Congress is the foremost event in the field of solid waste management. It serves as a global assembly, featuring elevated plenary sessions, technical site visits, and a rich cultural and social itinerary. Here, waste management professionals, government officials, industry leaders, policymakers, scientists, and emerging professionals convene, engaging in constructive dialogues to encourage scientific and technical advancements in sustainable solid waste management. ISWA 2024 offers a platform for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, techniques and technologies. 

Help us:

  • Promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management in Africa and the transition to a circular economy.
  • Bring together waste experts from around the world to network, create best practices and produce industry reports.
  • Foster and encourage the development and training of waste management in Africa.
  • Stimulate knowledge and skills transfer.
  • Encouraging international cooperation in waste management which in turn will hopefully generate innovation, ideas and research agendas for many years to come and support Africa’s economies.
  • Stimulate Foreign Direct Investment in Africa.
  • Promoting resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption in Africa.
  • Provide an opportunity to showcase the best available technologies and practices to Africa.
  • Allow the sharing and curating of knowledge among peers.
  • Identify and promote competence in a body of individuals through accreditation.
  • Providing support to Africa’s developing and emerging economies.
  • Aid in the region’s economic recovery both in tourism and waste management sectors.
  • Stimulate other industry trade in products and services – showcase local entrepreneurs, artisans, artists and craftspeople and give them access to a global audience. These small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) form part of a sector which has been identified as crucial to growing Africa’s economies.
  • Assist in the growth and development of these SMMEs and provide an impact long after the conference, and in turn, be responsible for launching or boosting many careers.
  • Provide a social benefit to South Africa – the conference will take its social sustainability footprint seriously, and work to expand the reach of the event to directly assist disadvantaged communities. 
  • Extend the conference’s footprint and leave a more lasting legacy. e.g., It will commission a “Waste Repurposed” project where students are invited to create works of art from waste. These repurposed items will be sold at the event to raise funds for sustainable projects in South Africa. The project will work both to further social sustainability through charitable contributions and boost the profile of emerging SMMEs. 
  • Provide a legacy – through a dedicated focus on environmental sustainability by not just minimising damage but actively attempt to improve the environment when the event takes place e.g., optional Carbon Footprint offset fee.
  • Publishing a scientific proceeding