Green Scorpions tackling pollution

2010-10-18 12:29

Johannesburg - The Green Scorpions are conducting inspections around the country as part of a national environmental law compliance campaign, they said on Monday.

Officially known as the Environmental Management Inspectorate, they had already paid visits to sites in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State and were moving to the Eastern Cape, spokesperson Roopa Singh said in a statement.

"Based on the risk prioritisation process, the sites that will be inspected are, Transnet East London Car Terminal, Working for Wetlands and Coega, Transnet in Port Elizabeth."

The inspections would take place from Monday to Friday.

In KwaZulu-Natal the construction projects at Bhanga Neck and Enkovukeni Primary School in Kosi Bay within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, were among the sites visited.

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Officials were satisfied with the rehabilitation process of the two completed projects, Singh said.

Construction in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, for the New Public Hide at Mfenzana pan, Eastern Shores of the lake within Great St Lucia and Western Shores road and entrance gate projects had been put on hold.

Construction of Transnet's multi-product pipeline from Jameson Park to Durban was progressing well.

In the Free State construction work for Sanral N8, Bloemfontein Airport Access Road, artificial wetland and Sanyati Warehouse was completed in July, and rehabilitation work was "outstanding".

Following the inspections, the Green Scorpions would consolidate their preliminary findings for the various sites. Decisions would then be made about what to do about cases of non-compliance.

Members of the public could report violations of environmental laws to 0800 205 005.

  • Therk - 2010-10-18 12:39

    Would burning toxic waste be considered a"violation"

  • Juan - 2010-10-18 12:40

    What a farce. All our rivers are poisoned and it stinks and is sickening. All this because it is more important for ministers to drive luxury cars than it is for sewage plants to be maintained.

  • Woodpecker - 2010-10-18 13:03

    Will they also conduct inspections in the mining industry as well?

  • Eben - 2010-10-18 13:03

    How about they check out SA's water supply a bit? And sting a couple of fatcats who paid their own pockets rather than making sure our water treatment plants are up to scratch?

  • Mom to Be - 2010-10-18 13:18

    They should visit the Bluff and Bayhead areas after hours. The chemical smells are so bad at two am that you actually wake up with the burning sensation in your nose and chest. Try and get hold of someone at two in the morning . . .

  • DENISE WILSHIRE - 2010-10-18 13:35

    This unit has it's work cut out for it.
    Everywhere you look in our country there is degredation of our waterways and wet lands.
    In Boksburg, our lake is a stinky hole which is polluted by a stream which comes from the industries.
    Overflowing sewers also contribute to this mess.
    Our useless Ekurhuleni Metro cannot get to grips with this issue and this water eventurlly flows into a huge bird sanctury further down.
    This has been the situation for more than 2 years.
    Please visit us soon to make our air sweeter.
    Someone should force the councils to employ the right people for the right jobs.

  • JudithNkwe - 2010-10-18 13:53

    Could they visit Bruma Lake as a matter of urgency and arraign Joburg Water and Health Departments for creating a major health disaster?

  • NORMAN - 2010-10-18 14:01

    When is this government agency going to investigate Aurora mine in Springs?Why are they convieniently looking the other way.

  • Concerned - 2010-10-18 14:42

    Does this include the water crisis situation as well ??

  • Debby - 2010-10-18 15:41

    What Green Scorpions???? I have reported raw sewerage draining out of Haenertsburg Policce Station and entering the 'pristine river - The Helpmekaar, which leads into Ebenezer Dam which it turn supplies Polokwane, Mankweng and about another dozen villages with so called 'potable water'

  • Paul - 2010-11-01 21:13

    The water and sewrage systems at many towns should keep them very busy - but I guess they will go for the fat cats and screw the ordinary mans health

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