AfriForum audited 153 landfill sites across South Africa this year as part of the organisation’s national project to measure the quality of landfill sites in South Africa.
Only 15 out of 27 landfill sites that were audited in the Western Cape complied with national standards. In terms of applicable legislation and regulations, including the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008, all landfill sites must comply with specific requirements.
According to Arno Greyling, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Southern and Eastern Cape, most of the landfill sites in the Western Cape are in an average state. “This can be attributed mainly to the fact that in some towns there is political will to govern the town well. In other towns there is simply a nonchalant attitude towards efficient management.”
Greyling says that the most common problems that AfriForum identified during the audit included the absence of landfill site licences and a complete mismanagement of sites. Furthermore, access control remains a headache and sometimes there are literally people living on the landfill sites in inhumane circumstances.
Municipal deterioration is rampant and it is noticeable that especially smaller municipalities are subject to large-scale mismanagement.
AfriForum met with Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environmental Affairs, and her team on various occasions. Six landfill sites were identified that the Department will tackle in cooperation with AfriForum to bring these up to standard again. AfriForum will also focus on solving problems at certain landfill sites in the province in cooperation with the relevant municipality. The organisation will apply pressure to get these sites up to standard. AfriForum will monitor the situation closely to ensure that these sites’ standards improve sufficiently.
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