Compost farm issue remains unresolved

2015-06-11 06:00
PHOTO: file

The compost farm which has the Govender family up in arms.

PHOTO: file The compost farm which has the Govender family up in arms.

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THE Govender family of Izotsha, who say they’ve had to encounter the “horrible stench” of rotting chicken innards, is hoping the matter will soon be resolved.

The Apostolides family, renowned chicken farmers on the South Coast, are owners of the compost business.

They rent the land where the compost is made and then sold to farmers. The farm is about 500 metres away from the Govender homestead.

Those affected by the compost farm are asked to attend a meeting at Mavundla­ tribal court on Thursday, 11 June at 10am.

A meeting, called by Reggie Govender, was held in June 2014 at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) and since then nothing has been resolved.

HCM officials, the Apostolides family and environmental health inspectors were also present.

At the meeting, it was learnt that some community members from Quinabout, a neighbouring rural area, collected the guts to cook and eat every day.

Govender showed a slide show of photographs and video clips of the innards being transported by truck, leaving chicken blood in its wake.

He said the area was infested with flies due to this.

The Apostolides brothers, Paul an Anthony, explained that over 350 people relied on their business for their livelihood and purchasing property was not an option as many of the staff would lose their jobs. Renting was a more economical option.

They said the site is inspected annually and everything is up to standard.

The brothers explained that with regard to people entering the site and taking innards, it was “theft” and “trespassing”.



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