14 November 2017 – Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp: The dump site is now finally closed. I was asked to submit proposals on the future of the site. Therefore, I hold the meeting the 23rd to give feedback first and then I ask the Ward’s cooperation to come up with suggestions on what we want there . There are many lessons learned from the disaster. It is the first time in the history of SA that such a thing has happened. Therefore, I want to use the opportunity to thank everyone in the ward, whether you made a noise and whether you reacted with a sympathetic ear. I realized All of us were affected. I have been warned that the smell may be hanging over the area for a while due to the wet compost.
9 November 2017 – Smoke seems to be getting worse. It appears the fire has started again. Waiting for confirmation from Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp. Update from Rita Aucamp: Only 4 of the 7 fires have been extinguished. Tests from the Health Department on air quality have been completed. Waiting for report? Rita Aucamp broadcast message [11:40]: 100 Emergency personnel are on site. Emergency services from Jhb and Ekhuruleni are assisting. Strong winds are still a problem. Air force on call should they be needed. Smoke is non-toxic. Health workers stationed at Ersmuskloof Fire station. EMS hopes to stabilise the situation by Monday. The fire was caused by the process of spontaneous combustion of the compressed organic material. Rekord East posts article [12:30]: https://rekordeast.co.za/151569/garstkloof-fire-still-blazing/.
8 November 2017 – Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp: Landfill site fire update… compost piles are being pulled apart and wetted down. Fire crews are supported by front end loaders and excavators. Jhb Emergency services requested to provide tanker pumper and engine pumper. Portable water reticulation system to be set up by site contractor… Smoldering piles still producing smoke. Fire is contained to site and on compost piles. Some residents seek emergency medical care for smoke inhalation.
7 November 2017 – Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp: Apologies, the water sprayers did not work. At 15:00 the site will be excavated and the fire will be dealt with from below the surface. Update: Three machines are on their way to the dumpsite as well as all the fire brigade resources of the City. Update: tests are being done by the Health Department on the smoke to determine if it is dangerous. People in Lynnwood are now also being affected. Rekord East posts article: indicates that the bad smell might just be the residents’ imagination (https://rekordeast.co.za/epapers/rekord-far-east-10-november-2017/).
5 November 2017 – Fire breaks out at Garstkloof Dumbsite.
1 November 2017 – Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp visited the dumpsite accompanied by the “Green Scorpions”. She asks all residents who experience the bad smell to send their details and location to her: 083 629 0315
20 September 2017 – Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp: It has been confirmed that the bad smell comes from the Garstkloof Dumping Site which is currently being processed. Workers are busy cutting up the garden refuse such as tree trunks and branches at the site. As they reach deeper levels, they unearth old rotting refuse which then release the bad smell. The short-term solution is to cover the old refuse but I (Rita) will be meeting with the Department today to discuss a resolution. I will keep you updated.
18 September 2017 – Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp: Currently engineers are busy with the closure design of the landfill. Pertaining to the end-use of the site. The municipality is contemplating to use the site as a composting facility as this will assist the community in terms of disposal of garden waste, a second alternative would be to use the site as a recreational facility. However, the decision has not been taken yet.
LS4 community sector: We confirm illegal compost activities at the closed landfill site on Delmas road, but it is unclear whether this is the cause of the smell.
We reported the smell to http://www.ogaats.co.za/entityform/8390.
Residents of Elardus Park, Wingate Park and Moretelapark have complained about a bad smell in the air (mostly at night) for the past few months now. It has become unbearable and unacceptable.
We ask the community to provide us with updates and more information regarding the source and cause for this smell, the fire and any health problem because of it. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to assist in a private investigation.
Residents who experience this bad smell are urged to report to:
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality:
Ward Counsellor Rita Aucamp:
083 629 0315
Msc Environment and Society:
012 343 9820