Report back 2016/006 – Proposed Borrow Pit


In terms of legislative requirements prescribed in NEMA, a public participation process (PPP) was triggered with the planning of the proposed borrow-pit for the mining of suitable gravel for the upgrading and re-gravelling of roads in the area, which is highly degraded and poses a safety hazard.

Mot Mac Donald PDNA Consulting Engineers on behalf of the Western Cape Provincial Administration (WCPA), Department: Transport and Public Works, proposes to mine material from the proposed borrow pit DR1298/15.82/R/20.

The proposed upgrades will ensure:

  • Safer roads for famers utilizing these road, and more productive transport of agricultural crops.
  • Upgraded roads will also positively contribute to tourism in these areas. Very famous tourist towns such as Greyton, and Genadendal are situated in these areas.
  • Proposed upgrade of these roads will also contribute to the safety of the children from the working farms taking busses to the nearest schools.
  • Safety in general will be improved, especially during the rainy season where the accident percentage tends to be higher due to wet, slippery and degraded roads.

The proposed upgrade of these roads will positively contribute to the social, safety, and economic environment of the area.

In terms of the NEMA, public participation forms an integral part of the environmental assessment process. The public participation process provides people who may be affected by the proposed development with an opportunity to provide comment and to raise issues of concern about the project or to make suggestions that may result in enhanced benefits for the project.


The Ward 2 Forum has assessed the proposal and will be participating in the PPP, which will capture, evaluate and included in a comment on the outcome of our assessment.


Further Reports on this project will be published as soon as more information is made available.


The Ward 2 Forum Team


Ward 2 Municipal Waste Facility – Progress report 2


The ward originally comprised Greater Greyton (Heuwelkroon & Greyton), Farm 39, which is the old Moravian Church property and farmland, comprising the villages of Genadendal, Boschmansklooof, Voorstekraal, and Bereaville (totalling 4773 ha). Over the last few years, the area of Ward 2 has been increased thrice and now also includes much of the farmland along the R406 towards the N2. The population based on the 2011 Census is said to be about 9000, although local estimates suggest over 17,000 people.

All of Ward 2 is not only affected by what happens in the Theewaterskloof municipal area, but also beyond in the rest of the Overberg. Agriculture is the main contributor to the local GDP; with tourism having the greatest growth potential. Significant pollution of the Riviersonderend River from inadequate capacity and treatment of sewage at the facilities in Greyton and Genadendal will determine the future of the downstream fruit farms, now under severe threat of loosing their export markets, which would significantly affect the local economy and employment.

Local elections are due this year, and there is no way of anticipating the outcome. Most of the Directors of TWKM are due to retire. It is essential that plans for new projects in Ward 2 must be agreed and initiated before any adverse political and other changes put these at risk.

The immediate future of Farm 39 is still uncertain, pending agreement with the Department of Land Affairs. The community is likely to become a Communal Property Association, which will allow them to retain control and ownership of all their land. One of their development projects is to enlarge the waste recycling facility, making it fully sustainable. After the years of conflict between the Transformation Committee (TC) and TWKM, which has undoubtedly affected Greyton, it is clear that a new and fully cooperative approach has been adopted, which will bind together the mutual aspirations and all the communities of Ward 2 and the municipality.

Several joint projects have been planned between the TC and W2F, of which the first was the new fencing of the R406 to reduce the hazards of the roaming Farm Animals. It has been agreed that the waste project is the second joint project, to be followed by the sewage project, and thereafter as our joint needs dictate.


The 2 old waste dumps in Greyton and Genadendal have already been licensed to close down and be rehabilitated over the next 3 years. At the moment, the Greyton waste, except for the garden material, is disposed of at the Genadendal site; this includes the recyclables collected by Boetie Bantam. An estimated daily average of 10 tons is collected in Ward 2; this is about 45 cubic metres of waste (a large skip contains 30 cubic metres.)

The municipal plan is that all TWKM waste, that cannot be reused or recycled, will be transported 64 km to the Overstrand District Municipal landfill site at Karwyderskraal, near Hermanus. It was always understood that there would be a waste facility at Genadendal, which would include sorting and recycling functions, whilst a much smaller drop-off would be constructed in Greyton – the garden waste function would remain. TWKM would implement a 2-bag system and motivate sorting of recyclables at source.


Late last year TWKM found additional funds (about R2 million) that was made available to allow the construction of a drop-off, which would be the first phase of a full sorting and recycling waste facility to cater for all of Ward 2, which would be located at the entrance to Greyton. It became clear that the environmental impacts and consequential risks to tourism were substantial, there was no significant community support, and Boetie Bantam’s recycling business in Genadendal was under threat.

This money would only cover the construction of a drop-off facility (Phase 1), its approval had to be urgently motivated and specific expenditure identified and confirmed within a few weeks, otherwise it could be diverted to another project in another ward. However further budget would have to be sought for the phases 2 & 3 which have not yet even been fully specified.

It was indicated that TWKM could have major difficulties in allocating municipal funds for facilities to be constructed on “non-municipal” land in Genadendal. Therefore, three additional sites were identified in Greyton each with its own problems:

  • Site B: north of Park Street, opposite the Old Moravian church, on the edge of a potential housing development area, with access problems for large vehicles from Main Road either up Uitkyk Street or through part of Heuwelkroon and over the Scholtz River, which is highly vulnerable to severe damage from flooding.
  • Site C: on the slope below the Eskom substation, too far from the main road out of Greyton and too near to a perennial watercourse and wetland, also in an area designated for housing.
  • Site D: Further, down the road to the old dump, over a hazardous bridge that is often flooded, too close to and in full sight of the Country Village, also too near potential future housing land.


The NEM: Waste Act (No 59 of 2008) includes a list of activities that require a basic environment assessment as part of a waste management licence application in terms of Notice 921 (29 November 2013):

  • The sorting, bailing, chipping etc of general waste at a facility with an operational area in excess of 1000 m²;
  • The recycling of general waste at a facility with an operational area in excess of 500 m²;
  • The disposal of general waste to land covering an area more than 50 m² but less than 200 m², and with a total capacity not exceeding 25,000 tons;
  • The construction of a facility for any of the above activities;
  • The expansion of an existing facility for any of the above activities.

The proposed transfer and recycling facility proposed by TWKM in Greyton was designed such that it would not quite trigger the need for a license. However, it is considered far too limited in capacity and space to accommodate the waste requirements for Ward 2, which would mean that it would have to be expanded later, thus requiring a very costly environmental assessment and license application.

However, construction of a pilot facility may permit exemption from a license, and provide alternative funding sources.

The current By-law may need revising to better control fly-tipping and littering with seizure of any vehicle involved in illegal dumping, only released on payment of a substantial fine.


Confirmation by the Transformation Committee that they and the communities of Farm 39 agreed with the W2F proposal to go ahead in principle with the sorting, recycling and transfer station for Ward 2 on Genadendal land;

  • Confirmation that TWKM will allocate the R 2 million of municipal funds for a drop-off facility just off the R406 near the old bus depot in Genadendal;
  • Formation of a team from Ward 2 and TWKM to jointly specify and plan the whole waste management facility, and to complete the specifications and funding requirements for the IDP;
  • Agreement with TWKM and Greyton Transition Town (GTT) on the development of facilities in Greyton and Genadendal for the collection, treatment and re-use of garden waste (Composting plant);
  • Agreement with TWKM & TC on the designation of suitable disposal sites for builders’ rubble.


  • Development of plans to monitor and assess the performance of the Ward 2 sorting and recycling operations, in order to determine the most effective and cost efficient methodology to be implemented for the rest of TWKM. This would inform revision of the 2014 draft TWKM Integrated Waste Management Plan.
  • Research into ‘best practice’ used by other municipalities (eg Overstrand, Paarl) and other countries (existing connections with UK and Sweden).
  • Coordination of above plans with the requirements for closure and rehabilitation of the Genadendal and Greyton dumps.
  • Finalisation of the visionary concepts to enhance the visual impact of the Genadendal waste site and the approach to Greyton.


The Ward 2 Forum Team


Change of Venue – Public meeting on Thu, 25th Feb 2016

Please note that the venue for the Public meeting on the 25th at 5pm has been changed to:

Moravian Hall, next to Library.

Main Road, Greyton.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the Ward 2 Forum’s plan for addressing Waste Removal in Ward 2. We are hoping that this plan will be favourably received by the residents, TWKM and all the other organisations in our valley.

The plan is the culmination of many years’ work by the Ward 2 Forum and the Genadendal Transformation Committee. It comprehensively addresses the Waste Removal problem in a holistic way, as well as creating jobs and many other opportunities. It will also pave the way to address other infrastructural problems, like Sewage and provide opportunities for Tourism, Training, Conferencing etc. We therefore urge as many people and organisations as possible to attend the meeting so that the W2F can have as much public participation as possible.


Public meeting on Thursday, 25th Feb 2016 in the Greyton DR Church Hall at 5PM.

Help us stop the proposed drop-off site at Greyton’s entrance and see our alternative to comprehensively address this and other problems.

It is very it important that all residents of TWK Ward 2 (Greyton, Heuwelkroon, Boschmanskloof, Genadendal, Voorstekraal and Bereaville) attend this public meeting so that we can stop the current TWKM plan wholesale nfl jerseys of turning Greyton’s entrance Holding into a waste drop-off zone.

We will also be presenting our Alternative Plan for Waste Management and our longer term vision for the area, for your consideration and support. We the need your input – this plan can only serve the needs of everybody if Wave everybody takes part!

Needless to say, cheap nba jerseys it is crucial that wholesale nfl jerseys all our voices are heard on this coolsculpting? and the only way to ensure wholesale nba jerseys that, is to FHU-Dickson attend this meeting.

When: Thursday, 25th Feb 2016, 5pm.
Where: Greyton DRC Hall, Main Rd, Greyton.



Alienation of Portion of Erf 595 (Commonage) – Greyton

The public notification of the intended alienation of portion of Erf 595 Greyton pertains.

For the Ward 2 Forum to make any meaningful comment and provide constructive input into the process off by the deadline of 19 February 2016, we have requested an extension of the deadline by an additional 30 days.

It appears from the above notification and subsequent correspondence from Janine Joorst of TWK, that Council had already decided over various details of the Espacio alienation of land, which suggests that the project had already been fully evaluated by TWKM, this in the cheap jerseys absence of any public participation process whatsoever. It must surely be evident that this is a huge and significant project, involving the sale of 235 ha of the Greyton Commonage for a paltry 4 million Rand, for “commercial farming”, with all sorts cheap nfl jerseys of potentially contentious issues for our communities and the environment.

It is also noted that BALL there is no record of any Public Notice on the Greyton notice board, which is understood to be a major requirement of a Public Participation along process as only a few people would have read the Gazette.

The Ward 2 Forum has requested additional information on the following:

  • Details of previous resolutions referred to in Recommendations to Council by TWKM a Directors
  • Minutes of the Ward 2 Committee meeting where the matter was discussed
  • Minutes of the TWKM Council meeting at which a vote in favour of the project was taken.
  • Details of any restrictions in the Title Deeds
  • Why is the land being alienated/sold without any water rights

We also request to be informed of the names and business affiliations of all the parties who made the proposal that TWKM considers suitable. As proper procedure prescribes that alternative land uses should be assessed comparatively, we also require full details of assessments of those alternatives examined by TWKM.

Unfortunately, all of the relevant information on this application is stated to be available for perusal only at the 北国新聞(2010年1月31日)にウーマンスタイル交流会が掲載されました。 municipal offices in Caledon. We requested that all information should be made available in the Ward 2 municipal offices, as this project is very important to wholesale jerseys all of Ward 2.

All information obtained in respect of the proposed alienation and ultimate sale of a portion (235 ha) of Erf # 595 will be made available via our website, Facebook page and a sent out to interested parties registered on our Database

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Ward 2 Forum Team




Report back – Greyton Drop off site

We are pleased to announce that no further work on the cheap NBA jerseys proposed Drop-off and Waste Transfer site, which was planned adjacent to the R406 at the Greyton entrance, will be done until a full Journummer! assessment has been carried out.

The Ward 2 Forum has proposed an alternative business plan to holistically address the problems, which we believe will be wholesale NFL jerseys acceptable to all the community, with considerably less potentially damaging impacts on the environment and on tourism. This is currently being considered by TWKM. Once TWKM have cheap jerseys fully considered the alternatives and agreed the technical and management requirements, we will be able to inform Lake the community of the revised details of the facility.

The Ward 2 Forum, with the financial assistance of concerned members of the community, have secured the services of a Senior Council and will seek legal relief by means of an interdict should this be required to prevent the unilateral implementation of a Solid Waste Drop-off/Transfer site that would not be in the interest of the larger Ward 2 community. We sincerely trust that this won’t be necessary, but at the same time we are determined not to let this ill-conceived plan be implemented.

We wish to thank the many members of the community for the overwhelming response & support against the original at proposed plan and the adverse effects the that would have had on our communities. There is now an opportunity to work with TWKM in support of an acceptable waste management policy in Ward 2, that should ensure the continuation of local sorting & recycling as well as creating jobs, opportunities and skills training.

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