The Big Stink

The Big Stink

Criminal charges pending in KZN waste management battle.

EnviroServ, the self-proclaimed “leader  in waste management solutions, delivering environmental peace of mind is facing criminal charges for contravening the National Air Quality Act, relating to its landfill at Shongweni in KwaZulu-Natal.

It also risks having its licence for the site suspended or revoked by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

In response, the company has accused the DEA of bias in its handling of its investigation into the landfill and of having “leaks” in the department that are feeding information to the media and the Upper Highway Air (UHA), a grassroots non-profit organisation established to demand accountability from the company. 

Bizarrely, the local office of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has also joined the fray, with the branch secretary telling Noseweek the landfill “does not smell at all” and that “those white people” complaining were doing so because of “a hidden agenda”. However at a national level, Satawu confirmed it is pursuing a multi-million-rand civil suit against the company on behalf of 33 of its members from other areas.

Meanwhile, EnviroServ is seeking an urgent interdict to gag an activist.

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