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10 April 2018

Release: Immediate

Today in the Provincial Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, the Eden District Municipality revealed that 5 out of its 7 municipalities in the Eden District have committed to financing a new Regional Landfill facility in Mossel Bay.

This project, which will include a hazardous waste and green waste chipping or composting area, has a combined cost of R50, 5 million, which will be shared between the Bitou, George, Knysna, Mosselbay and Hessequa Municipalities. It is expected to be completed by October 2019.

As the DA Spokesperson on Environmental Affairs and Development, I am pleased with this development, as this will further assist the Municipalities to effectively deal with waste, while also protecting residents and the environment.I would also like to welcome the Public- Private Partnership (PPP) that has been formed between the respective munipal councils and the private sector. This unique PPP has helped municipalities save a combined costs of more than R40 million for this project.

It is further pleasing to note that this new Regional Landfill facility will during the construction phase, create approximately 500 temporary jobs, followed by 50 permanent jobs thereafter. Not only does this once again clearly demonstrate the caring nature of DA-led Municipalities, but it also affirms our commitment of creating environments where jobs can be created.

I will engage with Anton Bredell, Provincial Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, to ensure, that as a part of the turn-around strategy for the Kannaland and Oudsthoorn Municipalities, they are also able to make use of this facility.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to enabling a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment by working in partnership with the private sector, civil society and communities.

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