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ANC opposed to proposed incinerator

ANC opposed to proposed incinerator

18 May 2000

The ANC Western Cape will be joining environmental, youth and community organisations in a campaign of mass mobilisation against the proposed Swartklip incinerator near Mitchell`s Plain and Khayelitsha.

The campaign, which will involve petitions, awareness campaigns and public meetings, will reach its climax on 15 June, which is the cut-off date for comments.

Commenting on the issue, Max Ozinsky, ANC Spokesperson on Environment and Development Planning in the Provincial Legislature, said:

"We have long expressed our concern about the process followed and the lack of community consultation around the proposed incinerator at Swartklip Products, between Khayelitsha and Mitchell`s Plain.

"We have committed ourselves to reject the proposal as it stands at present, because we do not believe that an independent process is being followed for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

"The ANC is concerned that an accident at the proposed incinerator could release dioxins into the densely populated areas around the plant, causing cancer.

"We are concerned that the proposed incinerator is not of world class standards and that the government does not have the capacity to monitor any pollution or leaks that might take place.

"We believe the EIA process is flawed because:

  1. "Alternatives to incineration have not been properly considered. The proposed report on the matter rejects the alternatives in a few sentences. Incineration creates serious health risks and we believe that proper attention should be paid to the alternatives.
  2. "We feel the EIA process is compromised because a consultant who was part of the EIA team has already been contracted to design the incinerator, before the scoping process is even over.
  3. "The level of community involvement and consultation on the matter has been pathetic. Hundreds of thousands of people live in Mitchell`s Plain and Khayelitsha, but only a very few have participated in the process."
  • ANC branches in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha will join community and environmental organisations at a workshop on this matter on Saturday 20 May, from 09.30 at the Westridge Civic Centre, Mitchell`s Plain.

For further information or comment, contact Max Ozinsky (MPL) ANC Western Cape Spokesperson on Environment and Development Planning: 082-414-7147.

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118.

A press conference will be held after the workshop at 16:00 at the Westridge Civic, Mitchells Plain.