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Polymer Technology: REDISA’s vindication and why it matters to you
REDISA was awarded Runner-up for the Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions Award at The Circulars awards at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 19 January. The award recognises the public policy initiative which best enables an environment for the circular economy to develop and flourish.
“The SCA judgement is clearly a ringing vindication for the directors of the companies invovled, and we can be pleased that an injustice has been righted.”
REDISA was set up in 2012 to manage the national waste tyre problem and to carry out a programme that by 2017 employed over 3000 people in collection, transport, depots and processing plants. It appeared to be working, yet in June 2017 the then Minister of Environmental Affairs, the late Edna Molewa, brought ex parte applications against REDISA and Kusaga Taka (the company appointed by REDISA to manage the operational aspects of the programme) for their provisional liquidation. Ex parte* applications are carried out without the responding party (REDISA and Kusaga Taka in this case) being given an opportunity to oppose the application, and indeed without them even being notified.
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No Tyre Plan In Sight, Policy Unclear
Government efforts to develop a new plan are not encouraging.

In March 2020 draft 9 of the CSIR Section 29 plan was published. The plan has multiple problems and internal contradictions. The comments REDISA submitted can be read here.

The April 2022 report by the research organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) was updated in October 2022. Unfortunately, it still contains wrong information and now excludes all mention of REDISA. An updated detailed commentary on the TIPS report can be read here.
European Development Days 2016
IndWTMP published 7/12/2022
New Plan Disappoints
The DFFE published a draft Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IndWTMP) for comment on 7 December 2022, closing date 6 February 2023. This latest IndWTMP unfortunately falls short as much as the earlier Draft 9 previously commented on, and seems to have paid no attention to the commentary submitted on the Draft 9 plan. The IndWTMP is not a plan, nor is it a viable framework for implementing a plan. Our commentary on this latest IndWTMP, submitted on 2 February 2023, can be downloaded here.