On 2 April 2015, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie officially opened the new cell at the Karwyderskraal landfill site. In her address, she referred amongst others to the successful negotiations between all affected parties and the excellent cooperation between municipalities and the province in order to attain a common goal, namely to reopen and utilise this landfill site to the benefit of all rate payers.
One of the benefits brought about by the opening of the new cell is that more than one municipality can make use of the landfill site. Of course it will also no longer be necessary to transport the western towns’ refuse to Gansbaai, resulting in a much reduced carbon footprint and extending the lifetime of the Gansbaai cell considerably due to the reduced volumes of refuse being transported to that landfill site.
The project costs amounting to R9,3 million were funded by Overstrand Municipality as well as with a contribution coming from the Department of Local Government’s municipal infrastructure grant, for which the municipality is most thankful.
Mayor Botha-Guthrie thanked the contractors Burger & Wallace, generally regarded as one of the top contractors in this field, for their outstanding work and pointed out that nine temporary job opportunities were created in the course of the contract period for residents from the surrounding communities.
According to estimates, the new cell will be able to take approximately 155 000 tons of solid waste. At the current growth rate, it will therefore take approximately five years before a new cell will have to be commissioned.