Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Minister invites input on proposed Cape Town landfill site

The Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Pierre Uys, has written letters to all interested and affected parties with regard to the development of a new regional landfill site and infrastructure for the City of Cape Town.

Minister Uys must decide the appeals against the environmental authorisation issued on 16 July 2007 by the Director of Integrated Environmental Management.

In the planning process prior to the authorisation, some 75 possible sites were considered.

Two sites put forward by the applicant, the City of Cape Town, were comparatively assessed during the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) phase, as well as the option not to implement the activity.

The two sites are at Atlantis and Kalbaskraal.

The Atlantis site is on the farm Donkergat (portion of Brakkefontein) 6,5km south of Atlantis and surrounded by Duynefontein, Witsand informal settlement and the N7.

The Kalbaskraal site on the farm Bottelfontein between Kalbaskraal and Klipheuwel is 20km south of Malmesbury.

The director authorisedthe Atlantis site.

"I invited all interested and affected parties to register should they like to make oral representations at a possible appeal hearing. Once I concluded reviewing all the information and registrations, I will decide if it is realistic or necessary to hold such an appeal hearing," says Minister Uys.

Cobus Grobler (media officer) 073 133 7299
Minister Uys 082 4555 144

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