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11 October 2021
Webinar: Waste Matters - Insights into informal waste disposal spaces and practices in the Drakenstein Municipality
The latest edition of the DSI/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society webinar series is entitled "Waste Matters: Insights into informal waste disposal spaces and practices in the Drakenstein Municipality".

Presenter: Grace Kadyamadare
Host: Dr Rissa Niyobuhungiro 
Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Time: 12h00



Grace Kadyamadare is a former Maths and Science educator, with a BSc. in Geology and Mathematics (University of Zimbabwe), BSc. Hon. Environmental Science (UNISA) and MSc. Environmental Science (Wits University).

Her passion in Waste Management dates back to her teaching days, and NEBOSH Occupational Health and Safety studies. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the University of the Witwatersrand in the Department of Geography, Archaeology, and Environmental Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Melanie Samson.

Her research interests encompass urban environmental issues, qualitative research methods, and sustainability.


Solid waste management is an essential service to society, which when not well-managed leads to high incidences of informal waste disposal worldwide. Many municipalities worldwide are grappling with informal waste disposal which has significant environmental, social and economic risks. Local media coverage states that the clean-up of informally disposed waste by many South African municipalities costs millions per year.

This qualitative study drew upon Lefebvre’ Production of Space theory to explore how the roles of power-laden social relations, waste policies and practices, economic forces, and conceptions of waste and space shaped the production and re-production of informal disposal sites in the Drakenstein Municipality.

The research followed a qualitative approach that involves textual analysis of state and media documents, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups undertaken in 2019/2020 with municipal officials and community participants, visually ethnographic analysis of informal disposal site photographs and TrashOut mapping of informal disposal sites.