Western Cape’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 8 of the 19 landfill sites that were audited in the Western Cape 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 (%)
Western Cape: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Bellville City of Cape Town Metro 19/2/5/4/A5/6/WL0050/12 80 80 97 90
Bredasdorp Cape Agulhas LM 16/2/7/G501/D1/Z1/P329 46
Gansbaai Overstrand LM 16/2/7/G400/D24/21/P335 96 86
George George LM WL0683/4 52 41 52 52 44
Gordons Bay transfer station City of Cape Town Metro 96
Hermanus Overstrand LM 16/2/7/G501/D3/Z3/P374 92 88 100 100 86
Stilbaai Hessequa LM 19/2/5/1/D/11/WL0060/14 62 38 72
Klawer Matzikama LM 19/2/5/4/F3/6/WL0042/19 60 44 43 24
Kraaifontein Interwaste Management Facility 12/9/11/P124 98 98
Lutzville Matzikama LM 19/2/5/4/F3/10/WL0006/18 36 44 22
Mossel Bay Mossel Bay LM 19/2/5/1/D6/17/WL0084/14 64 80 68 96
Malmesbury (Highlands) Swartland LM B/33/2/720/132/P67 96 94
Malmesbury (Chatsworth) Swartland LM B33/2/900/3/5/P167 80
Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn LM B33/2/900/3/5/P167 40 32 0 26 38 48
Riversdale Hessequa LM 84
Stellenbosch Stellenbosch LM 16/2/7/G203/D16/21/P331 89 66 96
Velddrif Bergrivier LM 69 26 48
Vredendal Matzikama LM 19/2/5/4/F3/17/WL0032/18 28 53 74
Vanrhynsdorp Matzikama LM 19/2/5/4/F3/16/WL0044/18 68 73 54
Wellington Drakenstein LM 68 80 68
Worcester Breede Valley LM 70

 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 Johardt van Heerden, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Boland, most of the landfill sites in the Western Cape are in a shameful state. “Most landfill sites are in a shameful condition and this can mainly be attributed to the lack of political willpower at certain municipalities. The sites that received excellent results serve as proof that political willpower on grass-roots level plays a big role and that insufficient funds are not always an excuse for poor results.”

Van Heerden says the most common problems AfriForum identified during the audit were amongst others the absence of waste management licences, and the total mismanagement of sites. “Wind-blown litter and poor to no access control are further issues at most 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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