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Short Course
Environmental Law - Integrated Waste Management
The National Environmental Management Waste Act (59 of 2008) (NEM:WA), as amended has as its objectives the protection of health, well-being and the environment. Recent amendments to the NEM:WA and the promulgation of regulations, and norms and standards have brought about several new requirements and have far-reaching implications for the waste management sector... This course focuses on the provisions of the NEM:WA, as amended and provides the participant with an overview of the recent changes and additions to legislation and its implications. The course will furthermore focus on the requirements for enforcement of legislation and also provide an overview of forthcoming legislation, regulations and guidelines.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an overview of the provisions of the NEM:WA, as amended, as well as its regulations, policies, guidelines and norms and standards. The course will focus on the latest amendments to the Act and the implications thereof.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
A Grade 12 certificate as a minimum
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Gr 12 or NQF level 4 competencies.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
1. Scope of knowledge and knowledge literacy

A detailed knowledge and understanding of –

  • Key terminologies, concepts, principles and requirements related to waste management legislation; and
  • How knowledge of legislation governing waste management relate to applicable knowledge within the fields of environmental management.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Use and explain key terminologies, concepts and principles correctly; and
  • Indicate how legislation waste management relates to environmental management.
2. Method and procedure

The ability to correctly select, evaluate and apply the requirements and principles related to waste management, with recommended methodologies and approaches to effectively manage waste in line with legislation.

Demonstrated ability to actively use waste management legislation.

3. Problem solving

The ability to analyse and solve legal problems related to waste management in unfamiliar contexts.

Demonstrated ability to, within an unfamiliar context propose solutions to legal problems related to waste management.

4. Ethics and professional practice An understanding of the ethical implications of decisions, actions and practices specifically relevant to waste management, in accordance with the principles of best practice. Demonstrated ability to formulate their own ethical perspectives on selected environmental scenarios.
5. Accessing, processing and managing information

The ability to develop and use for purposes of practical exercises etc., appropriate legal research skills and to independently validate sources of waste law and management as well as to analyse and summarise the information and to evaluate, manage, implement and apply the information or research results.

Demonstrated ability to utilise the sources of waste law provided to extract, analyse, summarise and/or apply the relevant information to solve the problems posed in practical exercises, for example.

6. Producing and communicating information The ability to develop, record and communicate facts, ideas and opinions in well-formed arguments (verbally and in writing), using appropriate academic, professional and occupational discourse and jargon. Demonstrated ability to effectively develop, record and communicate information in well-formed arguments in written and verbal format e.g. as part of practical exercises.
7. Context and systems/ processes The ability to understand how the learning material offered in this course relate to contexts, other systems and/or processes and the interactions between these, to make decisions and act appropriately in familiar and new contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to indicate how the management of waste relate to legislation governing environmental management; and
  • Demonstrated understanding of how law governing waste management fits into an organisation’s activities, products and services that can impact on the organisation’s productivity.
8. Management of learning The ability of every participant to identify, evaluate and address his or her learning needs in a self-directed manner and to facilitate (through group work and practical exercises) collaborative learning processes. Demonstrated ability to identify, evaluate and address learning needs and to facilitate and take actively part in collaborative learning processes e.g. practical group work..
9. Accountability The ability to monitor own learning progress, and apply relevant learning strategies and resources to successfully realise all outcomes of this course Demonstrated ability to achieve the learning objectives in an effective and expeditious manner.


To be awarded a certificate of successful completion, participants require: • a final participant assessment score of at least 60%; and • an examination score of at least 50%; and • course attendance of at least 80%; and • to have made payment in full. Participants who do not qualify for a certificate of successful completion may be awarded a letter of attendance should all requirements be met. To be awarded a letter of attendance participants require: • a final participant assessment score of at least 50%; and • a sub-minimum Examination Score of at least 40%; and • course attendance of at least 80%, and
Method of assessment: 
Continuous Assessment; Structured Practical Work; Peer Evaluation; Examination

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Environmental practitioners
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Telephone number: 
018 299 2715