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1 [SUBMISSION H, I & J] We Cannot Trust Them! Jan Willers Pretoria Portland Cement Pretoria, Gauteng Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Environment and Tourism

2 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 2 Who am I? I speak on behalf myself –My property is in direct view of PPC, Hercules on a hill at eye level with the stacks Chairman of Wes Moot Residence Association. Chairman of four Service Portfolios for Tshwane Ward 1.

3 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 3 Struggle of Communities living next to Cement Kilns The cement industry wants to incinerate waste in their kilns as secondary or alternative fuel. It will be a double saving for them: –They spend less on real fuel; and –They are paid to take waste. Incineration is about waste management and this is why we are here.

4 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 4 Hercules and Moot Areas Hercules – Communal name for 9 suburbs. Moot – An area between Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg Mountains, from Mamelodi from the East to Hartebeespoort Dam in the West. PPC is in the centre of this.

5 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 5 History Factory established in the late 1800’s There has always been a problem with cement dust Very little feedback from PPC, irrespective of how many times we call PPC or the Municipality Is this none response politically motivated: –There was silence in the past and still silence now! The area has the least wind activity in SA according to CSIR Vascular Flora Survey – found evidence of ‘hardened cement dust’ deposited over a period of time on rocks and undisturbed areas… ‘this might account for the low number of plant species that were recorded on this site’. Bokomoso Trust: Aloe peglerae is on the red data list and Holotrix randii is extinct linked to dust from PPC

6 6 Local Heath Impact I have interviewed local physicians and all of them attribute the high incidence of community health outcomes to PPC Hercules Very high level of absenteeism from schools Lung problems Sinus Asthmatics Skin conditions Hercules community clinic in 2006 saw 55000 patients for the year – double the Pretoria average and mostly for respiratory outcomes Additionally many roofs corrode in the area Cars are covered in cement dust regularly & swimming pools need constant repair and maintenance Experience cement dust problems daily

7 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 7 Waste Burning - Community Concerns Increased emissions – VOC – CO – NOx – CO2 – Mercury – Other metals Increased dust

8 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 8 PPC Consultants Draft Scoping Report Uncertainty about what emissions will consist of when burning waste Toxic metals will not be captured Cement quality might be affected Potential community health effects Present emissions are unacceptably high Used Slurry to predict impact for Peretoria which is different 14 X Higher levels of dioxin at Jupiter Current high level of NOx emissions

9 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 9 General community concerns No response from PPC No response from health institutions So, how can we trust these people to respond to our concerns if they do not listen to us now and investigate and address our concerns Burning waste will only benefit PPC and not the community, in fact it will be detrimental to us!

10 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 10 PLEASE HELP US REJECT BURNING WASTE IN CEMENT KILNS! Please come and see us in Pretoria! Jan Willers 0824480953 012 3770081

11 Thank you Jan Willers 012 546 0397 083 656 8595 mbgpta@telkomsa.net

12 Living on the Fenceline Celia Mtathi Pretoria Portland Cement New Brighton, Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape

13 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 13 Who is Celia Mtathi? Ward Committee member for the New Brighton Area. Live in the community next to the plant. My uncle’s house is on the fence of the PPC Plant. Two children Was born in the area.

14 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 14 What we experience daily Our roofs are affected by the fall out from PPC, using asbestos and it is turning green. We cannot open the doors and windows because of the dust. Our houses are turning black inside. Our neighbourhood has a high rate of TB and other respiratory problems. 1994 there was a forum – tried to arrange a meeting with PPC mentioning our problems – but they have not returned to us with meaningful solutions. Peoples’ homes are on the fenceline of the industry, not across the road.

15 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 15 What do you want from PPC? We do not want them to burn waste. They have never answered us on our present problems and now they want to create new problems – how can we trust them now. We want independent chemical research. The participation process was not developed in a manner that would allow for good community input – just called meetings at the plant. We want other forms/strategies of participation, such as meetings in the community in the community. Government is not acting to protect us.

16 Thank you Celia Mtathi 073 631 8327

17 Loosing our farming land and school Chandrakrishna Perumal Nulliah Natal Portland Cement Port Shepstone KwaZulu Natal

18 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 18 Who is Chandrakrishna Perumal Nulliah? Lived in the areas since 1988. I am a father of three children. Main occupation was a teacher, BA,B Ped. Representing the Umzimkulwana Farmers Forum outside Port Shepstone local small farmers in the area.

19 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 19 The past Plant was built in 1980. Thriving Black and Indian Community with Hindu Temple established in area over 100 years ago. Was main growing area for subtropical fruit - pawpaw. No More. Many people have moved out. Local school closed in 1984 – because of sound pollution next to factory. Now children have to walk ten kilometres to school – walking from 04:00 hrs and at 16:00 hrs in afternoon. A child recently raped when accepting lift from truckers who was transporting cement.

20 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 20 Problems with the plant Dust – agricultural crops is problematic. Health issues are of concern. Environment consultants doing environmental assessment on the burning of waste in cement kilns are being paid for by the company doing the work – ‘he who pays the piper calls the tune’. Community is not being told what is being emitted. NPC wants more land such as the school property in the area.

21 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 21 Conclusion We want independent research. We want to know what NPC is emitting. We do not want waste to be incinerated. We do not want waste to be imported into the area. We want the Portfolio Committee to visit our area to assess the reality for themselves.

22 Thank you Chandrakrishna Perumal Nulliah 072 204 4110

23 They never give up! Onicca Dipholo Holcim Cement Lichtenburg, North West

24 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 24 Who is Onicca Dipholo? I am a councillor of the area. I have lived there for 10. Two children. Member of Executive Committee of the Ditsobotla Municipality in North West

25 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 25 History The North West government refused Holcim permission to burn waste – because of health reasons. But Holcim has just reapplied with a new consultant. The Holcim Plant in Ulco (Barkley West), Northern Cape, was granted permission with same type of study as for Lichtenberg

26 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 26 Problems we encounter in ward 2 Illegal landfill site. Situated 2 km away from the community. Scavengers at the landfill site: Women and Children. Children end up dropping out from school Farmers complain about water contamination: Borehole. Dams also become contaminated by plant activities. Dust from Holcim cement.

27 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 27 Holcim Cement Proposed Activity Holcim wants to burn waste in cement kilns They also propose to increase the number of kilns in this plant Local people want to benefit from Holcim cement plant Please come visit our community

28 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 28 Recommendations Municipality have to formalise scavenging, protective clothing and basic salary The Bill should make sure that waste separation occur at source The cement plant should use best technology available in the market Regular community monitoring of the plant

29 Thank you Onicca Dipholo 018 632 5247 083 447 2264

30 Increasing poverty! Sindile Nojila Pretoria Portland Cement Slurry, Mafikeng, North West

31 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 31 Who is Sindile Nojila Mafikeng Municipality, Ward 4 committee member. Lived in the area for six years and in Mafikeng all my life.

32 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 32 Problems Matsatseng: 500m away from the PPC plant. 800 people of rural community, waiting for RDP houses to be built on this land No basic services like water and sanitation 1 borehole services the whole community People are dying from tuberculosis People are suffering from sore eyes from cement manufacturing

33 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 33 Problems cont… There is too much noise from the quarry blasting Children and older people get a frightened from quarry blasting noise Dust also is a problem in this area We do not have a dumping area as a community, the area is very dirty Our houses are made of planks and roofing is plastic, which makes us not safe.

34 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 34 What do we want as a community Government has to try build proper houses Basic services are also needed by my community Local community are not employed by PPC, they hire people from outside “ we need jobs” We are struggling with poverty Need a clinic in my area so that we wont wait for a mobile clinic

35 21 November 2007Portfolio Committee on Environment & Tourism 35 What we want as a community cont… PPC want to burn waste and that will cause a lot of smoke in the area more than coal burning and this will affect a lot of people healthwise The environment including plants and animals will be affected by waste burning. When its raining or windy the smoke will come to us or fall on the ground and will pollute the soil and more diseases. Even farmers will not benefit from a damaged soil Government should not allow PPC cement to burn waste because its not going to benefit local people rather will harm us.

36 PLEASE HELP US REJECT BURNING WASTE IN CEMENT KILNS! Thank you Sindile Nojila 072 538 1941


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