Minister Edna Molwea said on Wednesday that the Umdoni Municipality's 'cash for waste' import deal with Lebonon will not happen.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal municipality was reported to have signed an agreement to import 300 000 tons of waste a month from Lebanon.
702's John Robbie spoke to Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, to provide clarity on the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
No, under no circumstances is the deal going ahead. It is actually important to note that we only have an agreement to import into one anothers' country, that which is known as hazardous waste.— Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
Hazardous waste is only imported into the country by agreement with us having inspected that hazardous waste.— Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
South Africa has the capacity to treat hazardous waste, it comes over agreement to treat it. There is no form of agreement that we are importing anything that is general waste.— Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
What Umdoni Municipality will import is general waste which is a no-go area for us.— Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs