Rooikraal landfill site in Boksburg scores well in Afriforum’s landfill sites audit

Marie Naude, Afriforum district coordinator Gauteng South, having a look at the stormwater drains at Rooikraal site.

The civil rights organisation AfriForum audited the landfill sites in the East Rand during May, 2018 as part of their national project to measure the quality of landfill sites in South Africa.

According to Marie Naude, Afriforum district coordinator Gauteng South, landfill sites must obtain 80 per cent to comply with the set standards and all the landfill sites in the East Rand have accomplished this.

Rooikraal landfill site in Boksburg scored 97 per cent.

The Rooikraal landfill site in Boksburg

“According to applicable legislation and regulations, a landfill site must comply with applicable requirements. This includes factors such as access control, illegal dumping, fire regulations, fencing and rehabilitation.

“The large landfill sites are managed exceptionally, and we are delighted to see at what high standards these sites are maintained. We will now shift our focus and place it on the management of the smaller sites and transfer stations in the East Rand.”

She said in 2017, AfriForum audited approximately 120 landfill sites in areas with established AfriForum branches.

Some of the equipment used at the Rooikraal site.These results will be compiled in a report and submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

“We are grateful for the Department’s cooperation and that the provincial waste management officers made their audits available to us,” said Chris Boshoff, AfriForum’s coordinator for environmental affairs.

“After the conclusion of this project AfriForum, in conjunction with a waste-to-energy company, will announce an alternative plan for landfill sites in South Africa.”

Boshoff said similar projects are extremely successful in other countries.

“AfriForum will continually monitor the process to ensure that landfill sites that fall short are brought up to standard.”

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