The time for a shift to a circular economy is NOW.
We aim to change the perception of circular economy models to a necessity for business resilience. The knock-on economic impacts of COVID-19 cannot be ignored. Businesses are severely impacted and will struggle to survive, most notably small to medium-sized enterprises. These are the businesses that would benefit the most from the basic adoption of circular economy principles.
Locally, the knowledge base related to similar circular economy concepts such as green economy, climate change and the waste economy amongst others is far more developed and could provide the foundation for a paradigm shift.
Cooperation for a national value proposition for a circular economy that takes transformational potential into account is necessary. Cooperation between the public and private spheres, facilitated at events such as the Garden Route Circular Economy Webi-Shop is key to driving an inclusive circular economy in South Africa.