Gauteng’s landfill sites in acceptable state

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

11 of the 16 landfill sites that were audited in Gauteng 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 best landfill sites compare to the worst:

Name of branch/landfill site Municipality/ Responsible authority Licence number Compliance score (%)
Gauteng: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Bronkhorstspruit City of Tshwane Metro B33/2/220/116 64 75 88 84 84
Cullinan transfer station City of Tshwane Metro 64 7%
Ga-Rankuwa City of Tshwane Metro 16/2/7/A230/D9/Z3/P489 83 92 92 74
Hatherley City of Tshwane Metro B33/2/123/88/P215 36 80 80 88 88
Magalieskruin City of Tshwane Metro 52
Mooikloof City of Tshwane Metro 60
Onderstepoort City of Tshwane Metro B33/2/123/7/P6 52 70 84 76 Closed
Pretoria East City of Tshwane Metro 60  
Rooihuiskraal City of Tshwane Metro 84
Soshanguve City of Tshwane Metro B33/2/123/101/P43 83 84 78 86
Alberton (Heidelberg Road transfer station) Ekurhuleni LM 16/2/7/C221/0494Z10/P465     93 97


Ekurhuleni LM 33/2/2/321/1450 97 95
Benoni Ekurhuleni LM     76
Boksburg (Rooikraal) Ekurhuleni LM 16/2/7/c221/D24/21/P512 97 97 97
Bon Accord The Waste Group B33/2/123/154/P191 98 98 94 98
Brakpan (Weltevreden) Ekurhuleni LM B33/2/321/172/P137 89% 97% 94% 91%
Carletonville Merafong City LM 68
Germiston (Simmer & Jack) Ekurhuleni LM B33/2/0322/494/P223 92 100 78 84
Heidelberg-transfer station Lesedi LM 12/9/11/P80 32 18 30 18
Interwaste FG Interwaste Environmental Solutions GAUT 002/10-11/W0030 100 100 100 Toe Closed
Kempton Park (Chloorkop) Ekurhuleni LM 97 Closed
Meyerton Midvaal LM 002/12-13/W0001 96 96 100 96
Kempton Park (Highveld transfer station) Ekurhuleni LM 40 97 72
Mooiplaats The Waste Group 16/2/7/A230/154/21/p311 76 99 98 96 96
Norkem Park transfer station Ekurhuleni LM 75
Primrose Ekurhuleni LM 68 41
Randfontein Rand West City B33/2/323/34/P12 33 26 46 Closed
Roodepoort City of Johannesburg Metro 34 Closed
Springs (Rietfontein) Ekurhuleni LM 16/2/7/C221/D494/P275 88 86 88 94

(Sonlandpark transfer station)

Emfuleni LM 8
Vanderbijlpark (Boitshepi) Emfuleni LM 28 38 32 26
Waldrift Emfuleni LM 006/15-16/W0004 68 60
Westonaria (Libanon) Rand West City 16/2/7/C231/D21/Z 47 9 100 48

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 Sampie Steinberg, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for Greater Pretoria, most of the landfill sites in Gauteng are in a suitable state. “The larger landfill sites are well managed, but the management of smaller sites deserve more attention.”

Steinberg says the most common problems AfriForum identified during the audit were amongst others the absence of waste management licences, the complete mismanagement of sites and the poor maintenance of fences and gates. Because of misapplying of funds and mismanagement by municipalities, landfill sites have become homes to homeless people. Many sites are unsafe and inaccessible to residents who want to make us if it.

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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