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Naledi dumpsites get “thank you” and scolding in one

by in Environmental statements on 30 July, 2015

North West’s cleanest and second dirtiest landfill site, respectively in Vryburg and Stella, fall within the Naledi municipal area. These landfill sites were audited by AfriForum in their National Landfill Site Audit, which recently reached conclusion.

AfriForum takes action against Volksrust name change

by in Media Statements on 30 July, 2015

On 27July 2015 AfriForum filed written objections to the proposed name change of Volksrust and Amersfoort with the Dr. Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality in Volksrust. Attached to these objections is a petition with about 2 000 signatures from members of the public who objected to the proposed name change.

Apartheid, Nazism and the question by the German Chancellor

by in Blog on 30 July, 2015

On Monday, Beeld’s Pieter du Toit linked Nazi Germany to apartheid South Africa. The best answer to this was already given in 1985 by the liberal author Alan Paton in his Hoernlé memorial lecture: “If you liken South Africa to Nazi Germany, it is a prostitution of language.” I want to add, this makes a mockery of the death of millions of people in concentration camps and on battle fields in World War II. Read Anthea Jeffrey’s People’s War and decide for yourself whether the ANC-in-Struggle can be compared to the powerless Jewish victims of Nazism.

Northern Cape’s dirtiest dumpsite

by in Local government statements Media Statements on 30 July, 2015

AfriForum this year audited 53 landfill sites in all 9 provinces in their national project to measure the quality of landfill sites in South Africa.

This is how the Northern Cape’s best landfill sites compare to the worst:

Best Percentage Worst Percentage
Springbok 8%
Kuruman 72%
Kimberley 48%
Williston 8%

The audit consists of a questionnaire with 25 questions which measure the minimum requirements for landfill sites in South Africa and includes access control, fires, medical waste, fencing, rehabilitation, etc. A landfill site should score at least 80 % to adhere to legislation.

Lambert de Klerk, Assistant Coordinator for AfriForum, says four landfill sites were audited in the province, of which none meets the minimum requirements.

“It explains why ground water is polluted and why medical waste and thick smoke clouds are polluting cities,” says De Klerk.

AfriForum has sent letters of demand to the municipalities of which the landfill sites are not on standard. The civil rights organisation has requested action plans and deadlines which should be put in place to ensure that landfill sites are managed legally and environmentally friendly.

The audit report will also be submitted to the Green Scorpions for further investigation and action against guilty municipalities.

Western Cape’s dirtiest dumpsites

by in Local government statements on 30 July, 2015

AfriForum this year audited 53 landfill sites in all 9 provinces in their national project to measure the quality of landfill sites in South Africa.