Vandals struck at Hankey landfill site

2017-08-17 06:00
Only weeks after the completion of the multi-million Rand upgrade at the Hankey landfill site, vandals partly destroyed the guard house and ablution facilities.      Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

Only weeks after the completion of the multi-million Rand upgrade at the Hankey landfill site, vandals partly destroyed the guard house and ablution facilities. Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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ONLY weeks after the completion of the multi-million Rand upgrade at the Hankey landfill site, vandals partly destroyed the guard house and ablution facilities.

All the windows and most of the window frames were either damaged or removed from the two structures. The doors also fell victim to the vandals - not one door was left.

The inside of the building, including the ablution facilities, are also damaged to a great extent.

Apart from the vandalism, rubbish was strewn all around the site and along its perimeter - with plastic bags stuck to the fence.

According to Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson, “vandals struck before the site was officially handed over to the Kouga Municipality.

“The waste site is one of only two permitted landfill sites in the Kouga and is of critical importance to the local community and farmers.

“The municipality will start with repairs this month so as to ensure the site complies with all legal requirements. Security measures will also be put in place to prevent a recurrence of the vandalism.”

  • The upgrade - that saw the erection of three waste cells, an evaporation pond, a guard house and ablution facilities - forms part of the R25 million Kouga Waste Management and Recycling project funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs, which will see landfill sites upgraded in accordance with compliance requirements.

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