Limpopo’s landfill sites do not adhere to 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.

Only 1 of the 9 landfill sites that were audited in Limpopo adhered to national standards. In terms of applicable legislation and regulations, including the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 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 (%)
Limpopo 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Ellisras Lephalale LM 58 32 16 22
Groblersdal Elias Motsoaledi LM 12/4//10-B/10M2 20 72 90 92 98
Hoedspruit Maruleng LM 18 18 20
Marble Hall Ephraim Mogale LM 16/2/7/B300/D58/ZI/P261 72 88 84 84 84 78
Naboomspruit Mookgophong LM 16/2/7/A600/D7/Z2/P399 28 36 19 32 34 30

(Western Breeze transfer station)

Mookgophong LM 20 20

(Die Oog transfer station)

Mookgophong LM 32
Nylstroom Modimolle LM 16/2/7/A600/D2/Z1/P380 48 16 12 0 4
Phalaborwa Ba-Phalaborwa LM 16/2/7/B700/016/21/P276 84 80 32 64 36 54
Leeupoort Thabazimbi LM 16/2/7/A240/D21/21/P354 52 2 4 Toe
Louis Trichardt Makhado LM 12/9/11/L413/5 32 70 80 84 Toe
Rooiberg Thabazimbi LM 0
Thabazimbi Thabazimbi LM 0
Tzaneen Greater Tzaneen LM 16/2/7/B800/D2/Z23/1/P501 100 100 100 100 98
Warm Baths Bela-Bela LM B33/2/123/3 56 40 37 40 38


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 Magdel Strauss, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for Limpopo, most of the landfill sites in Limpopo are in a shameful state. “This can mainly be attributed to municipalities’ failure to repair and maintain infrastructure and equipment of landfill sites.”

Strauss said that the most common problems AfriForum had identified during the audit had been the absence of waste management licences and the complete mismanagement of sites. “Most of the sites do not even have the necessary personnel or sufficient access control.”

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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