Free State landfill sites do not adhere to national standards

AfriForum audited 135 landfill sites nationwide this year as part of its national project to measure the standard of landfill sites in South Africa.

None of the 25 landfill sites that were audited in the Free State adhered to national standards. In terms of applicable legislation and regulations, including the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (No. 59 of 2008), a landfill site must adhere to specific standards.

This is how the landfill sites in the Free State compare:

Name of branch/landfill site Municipality/ Responsible authority Licence number Compliance score (%)
Free State 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Allanridge Matjhabeng LM 0
Bethlehem Dihlabeng LM 56 22 16 6
Bloemfontein North Mangaung Metro 16/2/7/C351/2/289 72 96 89 18 10 16
Bloemfontein South Mangaung Metro 16/2/7/C351/2/289 68 80 68 18 14 20
Boshof Tokologo LM 19 11 18 26
Bothaville Nala LM 16/2/7/C604/D1/Z1/P340 8 4 4 4
Brandfort Masilonyana LM WML/BAR/13/2014 4 24 9 2 2
Bultfontein Tswelopele LM WML/BAR/07/2014 42 24 28
Dealesville Tokologo LM 12/9/11/L886/2   52 31 3 26 52
Edenville Ngwathe LM 0
Frankfort Mafube LM 48 16 1 0 3 4
Harrismith Maluti-A-Phofung LM 24 16 20 13 18
Heilbron Ngwathe LM 12 8 0 0 0
Odendaalsrus Matjhabeng LM 7 2
Hennenman Matjhbeng LM 26 0
Kroonstad Moqhaka LM 16 8
Hertzogville Tokologo LM WML/BAR/10/2014 52 36 56
Parys Ngwathe LM 16/2/7/C233//D1/Z1/P336 8 16 8
Petrus Steyn Nketoana LM 8
Reitz Nketoana LM 16/2/7/C805/D4/721/P341 68 13 12
Sasolburg Metsimaholo LM 36 16 18 18 20
Senekal Setsoto LM 23 22
Steynsrus Moqhaka LM B33/2/340/88/P112 4
Theunissen Masilonyana LM 16/2/7/c402/D3/21/D339 24 33 24 8
Verkeerdevlei Mosilonyana LM WML/BAR/15/2014 6
Virginia transfer station Matjhabeng LM 6
Welkom Matjhabeng LM B33/2/340/32/P85   16 33 13 12
Winburg Masilonyana LM B33/2/340/20/P48 12 12 11 13 54 28


The audit consists of a list of 33 questions that measure the minimum requirements for landfill sites in South Africa and includes factors such as access control, fires, medical waste, fencing, rehabilitation etc. A landfill site must obtain at least 80% to comply with legislation.

According to Jp Nel, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Hoogland, the landfill sites in the Free State are in a shameful state. “Most landfill sites are in a poor condition; only 2 out of 28 sites obtained more than 50%. This can be ascribed mainly to poor management by municipalities, as well as regulations and laws that are not followed. In some cases, certain sites are not maintained at all, while garbage lay around the site for kilometers.”

Alta Pretorius, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Mooi River, says the most common problems AfriForum identified during the audit were the absence of waste management licences, and the complete mismanagement of sites. “Most of the sites do not have the necessary personnel to manage the sites and there is practically no access control, which means that anything is dumped on the sites. The lack of access control furthermore allows for people to live on the landfill sites.”

AfriForum branches will also exercise pressure on authorities in their areas to establish waste monitoring committees to improve the waste management process. These committees will consist of municipalities and interested parties wanting to improve waste management in a particular town. AfriForum will arrange a meeting with Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environmental Affairs, to identify sites that need to be restored and reach the necessary standards.

The audit report will also be submitted to the Green Scorpions for further investigation and action against non-compliant municipalities. AfriForum will continuously monitor the process to ensure that landfill sites are improved to reach the required standards.

  • Read the report here.

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