Malawi stuck with e-waste
COMPUTING| May 28, 2013, 10:23 a.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
The Malawi government has conceded that it is stuck with an e-waste problem, in the face of the increasing use of electronic gadgetry, including computers and cell phones. This emerged during a Global Environment fund Southern Africa (GEF) constituency meeting in Lilongwe over the weekend.
Countries from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) were meeting in Lilongwe to discuss issues pertaining to environment in readiness for a Global Environmental Fund Council meeting that will take place in June at Washington DC, USA
At the meeting, the Director of Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management, Dr. Aloysius Kamperewera, told state owned Malawi News Agency (Mana) that such helplessness has also come about because government has no concrete plans of managing electronic waste.
At a global level, such wastes are regulated under the Basel Convention, to which Malawi is a party, said Kamperewera. However, at a national level, there is no concrete plan in place to deal with e-waste yet, since this is a new and emerging issue.
“It is expected that once the global guidelines are finalised, local efforts will be enhanced to ensure that robust management measures are in place,” said Kamperewera. He added that efforts are underway to develop a draft policy for e-waste under the e-government initiative as well as the Basel Convention on management of hazardous wastes.
There are no specific places designed for disposal of such wastes at present, he said.
Kamperewera said in the absence of the legal instruments the public, distributors and retailers of products that result in such waste better start collecting such products at the end of their lifespan and ship them back to original manufactures for safe disposal.
“Malawi does not yet have a proper facility for safe disposal of these products and other hazardous chemicals such as obsolete chemical,” explained Kamperewera. “Pesticides have been safely handled in such a manner through initiatives with companies, NGOs and other international organisations under the United Nations multilateral Environmental Agreements.”
Obsolete computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets contain dangerous substances like lead, mercury and other dangerous substances which can lead to serious health hazards if not properly disposed of.
Said Kamperewera: “Chemicals management including mercury, lead, pesticides and expired drugs or obsolete chemicals is a big challenge because it is hardly prioritised for funding allocation by the City Councils or central government and yet it is very dangerous to our own health.”
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
BNPC releases Global Information Technology Report 2015The Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) in partnership with Ministry of Transport and Communications and its related public institutions, has released the 2015 Global Information Technology Report (GITR). Read More
Africa’s competitive business environment spurs IT services adoptionEmerging African economies are increasingly embracing IT services solutions in a bid to support their growth initiatives, according to the latest insights released by International Data Corporation (IDC). Read More
DevOps: The worst-kept secret to winning in the application economyCA reveals how DevOps is the key to winning in the brave new world of the application economy. Read More
Tech in South Sudan “born with teeth” – analystSouth Sudan was “born with teeth” as far as its ICT development is concerned, according to an analyst, with the country having made positive steps even pre-independence. Read More
Innovative BAC Stand gets an A++ at BTE Fair 2015Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) which recently unveiled two new industry technology courses received top accolades among several other international awards for their exhibition stand at the Botswana Tertiary Education Conference and Fair 2015 (BTEF). Read More
@iLabAfrica to stage kids’ ICT boot camp@iLabAfrica, Strathmore University is organizing a 9-day Holiday Boot Camp for Primary and High School Students from 7th April 2015 to 17th April. Read More
Light sensor market to grow 16% by 2016Samsung, Apple and Chinese OEMs will drive revenue in the light sensor market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to a new report from IHS. Read More
Nairobi to host regional digital fairNairobi is set to host the second annual East Africa digital Marketing Summit & Show, an annual event designed to bring together key players in the digital marketing space from the East African region. Read More
Is Africa ready to facilitate large-scale satellite deployments?With the advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services within Africa’s connected business environment, the question of what happens with the remainder of the satellite supply value chain is relevant. Read More
VMware unveils vCloud for NFV with Integrated OpenStack to accelerate service innovationVMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, today debuted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine VMware’s production-proven virtualised compute, networking, storage and management solutions with integrated OpenStack support. Read More
FEATURED STORYe-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head
E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.