Approval for coastal landfill site

A waste disposal site in Walvis Bay is one of 11 such sites that received stamps of approval from the ministry of environment and tourism.

28 July 2019 | Ministries

Pohamba Shifeta; Minister; “We will, however, continue to monitor levels of compliance . . .”

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw

The minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, approved the Walvis Bay landfill site on Wednesday.

Shifeta said that the harbour town along with 11 other declared waste disposal sites, have followed the due procedures in applying for environmental clearance certificates. Inspections have also been undertaken to these waste disposal sites, and it has been determined that they are in compliance with their approved Environmental Management Plans and the conditions of their environmental clearance certificates.

“These sites may not be perfect but we are satisfied that significant efforts are being made to improve standards of waste management at these sites. We will, however, continue to monitor levels of compliance with their respective Environmental Management Plans and are in the process of bringing more detailed regulations on waste management, which include standards and guidelines to assist local authorities to ensure the environmentally sound management and disposal of waste.”

The minister said the standards and guidelines were designed to be practical and that their implementation in many cases does not require huge levels of investment.

He urged all local authorities to ensure that the revenue from charges to citizens and businesses for waste disposal is re-invested to ensure that waste disposal sites are brought up to sufficient standard.

“The majority of local authorities also need to address the lack of human resources and capacity at waste disposal sites as a matter of urgency. They need to invest in basic technologies so that waste is handled effectively and in an environmentally sound manner. In many settlements and in areas outside the jurisdiction of local authorities, there is often a complete absence of formal facilities for waste disposal.”

Shifeta expressed concern about the impacts of poor waste management practices on the environment and public health. “We identified a number of priority problems at our waste disposal sites. There is open burning of waste, often no operational management, no fencing, no segregation of waste and potential serious impacts through contamination of soil, air and groundwater resources and even loss of life to waste pickers and scavengers.”

Waste management, treatment, handling and disposal are listed activities in terms of the Environmental Management Act, 2007 (Act No. 7 of 2007) and its regulations. This means that any business or organ of state undertaking planning to undertake these activities must apply for an environmental clearance certificate, and must carry out an environmental impact assessment.

Since the regulations of the Environmental Management Act were gazetted in 2012, the ministry of environment and tourism has been engaging local authorities, regional councils and local industry to improve standards of waste management and to ensure that all waste disposal sites apply for environmental clearance certificates and that standards of management of waste disposal sites are improved.

Section 5 of the Environmental Management Act also confers on the minister of environment and tourism certain powers in respect of waste, namely to, declare a site to be a waste disposal site or to approve an existing waste disposal site; list by notice in the Gazette or by regulation types of waste and impose fines or imprisonment any persons who do not discard waste in a manner or method that the minister may prescribe.

The other ten sites that have been approved as waste disposal sites, as per Government Gazette No. 6753 dated 1 November 2018, are:

1. Kupferberg Windhoek Landfill, Khomas region

2. Epukiro dumpsite, Omaheke region

3. Oshakati dumpsite, Oshana region

4. Okahao dumpsite, Omusati region

5. Rundu dumpsite, Kavango East region

6. Oranjemund dumpsite, ||Kharas region

7. Ruacana dumpsite, Omusati region

8. Tsandi dumpsite, Omusati region

9. Eheke dumpsite, Oshana region and

10. Ondangwa dumpsite, Oshana region.

Similar News


Passport application process improved

1 month - 30 October 2019 | Ministries

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration launched the pilot of a new passport data capturing system at the Erongo...

Komitee vir werkvisums ingestel

1 month - 29 October 2019 | Ministries

Walvisbaai • Leandrea Louw ’n Immigrasie-keuringsraad (ISB) komitee wat fokus op werkvisums is verlede week in die Erongo-streek in die lewe geroep. ...

Vloot herdenk 15de bestaansjaar

1 month - 22 October 2019 | Ministries

Walvis Bay • Adolf Kaure Die Namibiese vloot het onlangs sy 15de bestaansjaar by die vlootbasis op Walvisbaai herdenk. By die geleentheid het die...

Joint law enforcement operation kicks-off

2 months ago - 26 September 2019 | Ministries

Swakopmund • Adolf KaureThe 10th Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee joint law enforcement operation was launched near Swakopmund on Wednesday.The operation, which is conducted by...

Oil spill preparedness tested

4 months ago - 11 August 2019 | Ministries

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck Namibia hosted a transboundary training workshop on oil spill preparedness and table-top exercise in Walvis Bay from 6 to 9...

Pushing for increased fish consumption

4 months ago - 04 August 2019 | Ministries

Government wants to achieve at least 20.4 kg fish consumption per person per year within the current financial year.The Namibian Fish Consumption Trust in collaboration...

The One Ocean Hub project unpacked

4 months ago - 21 July 2019 | Ministries

Narraville Namibia will participate in demand driven research and processes under the auspices of The One Ocean Hub project. Representatives from...

Hope for housing backlog

5 months ago - 07 July 2019 | Ministries

Walvis Bay • Adolf Kaure The urban and rural development ministry recently held a high level consultative retreat in Walvis Bay, bringing together regional governors,...

Reducing the threat of terrorism

5 months ago - 07 July 2019 | Ministries

Irene-Mari van der Walt Nigerian and Namibian law enforcement officials attended a Chemical Awareness and Scene Management (CHASM) training course at The Dome in...

Sustainable Blue Economy policy takes shape

5 months ago - 23 June 2019 | Ministries

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck The technical committee on Blue Economy hosted a public consultative meeting on the Sustainable Blue Economy Policy at...

Latest News

Untouched beauty

Swakopmund • [email protected] The Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund is hosting “Untouched” – an exhibition by Rosa Smit and Betsy van Rensburg. The exhibition...

Search for drowned boy continues

2 days ago - 08 December 2019 | Local News

Henties BayA drowning incident involving an eleven year old boy Prince Samuel Pietersen was reported to the police yesterday in Henties Bay. According to the...

Desert Dash delivers once more...

2 days ago - 07 December 2019 | Sports

Swakopmund · [email protected] Nedbank Desert Dash competitors competed in various categories such as the solo (men’s and women), mixed two, four as well as four...

Headmaster arrested for corruption

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Crime

Swakopmund A 39-year old former headmaster of Vrede Rede Primary School, Lizette Hedwig Fisher-Lucas, was arrested on a charge of theft after she allegedly misused...

Danie van Antwerpen and Pikkie...

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Sports

The 54 players that competed in the Namib Mills better ball competition was the biggest field for many a month and what a good day...

Wêreldvigsdag herdenk

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Health

Walvisbaai • [email protected] Walvisbaai se munisipaliteit het Vrydag saam met die res van die wêreld, Wêreldvigsdag herdenk onder die tema “Gemeenskappe maak die verskil”.Tydens...

Fuel prices unchanged

6 days ago - 04 December 2019 | Energy

Fuel pump prices in Walvis Bay for 95 Octane Unleaded Petrol amount to N$ 13.05 per liter and that of Diesel 50 ppm is N$...

Fishermen protest against ‘fishrot’ accused

6 days ago - 03 December 2019 | Crime

Walvis Bay · [email protected] Approximately 300 fishermen held a peaceful demonstration outside the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay earlier today.The fishermen, who are all unemployed...

Strawberry Fields Forever!

1 week ago - 03 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected] Strawberry Fields Vocal Training Academy hosted a show to commemorate the past year on Saturday evening. “The evening was just for...

Load More