Letter  From:  Caron Potocnik,  Vice Chair DEW to 

Municipal Manager Drakenstein Municipality

Re: Your email (ANNEXURE 1 ) ( dated 25 August 2015 Reference 16/6/4 ) pertaining to request for information regarding Drakenstein Waste to Energy (WTE ) Project, the following refers: This document constitutes my reply to Mr Mettler ’ s letter ( 25 August 2015 ) which states the Drakenstein Municipality ’ s standpoint with regard to the proposed WTE project.

Please understand that I have no wish to enter contentious debate with the Drakenstein Municipality. However, as a member of the community who has some awareness of the problems and enormous potential risks associated with this project, I am ethically obliged to become involved. I also formally place on record that I and many colleagues concerned about this issue are; i ) professional and qualified academics, ii ) who have absolutely no vested financial or other interests in this project, and iii ) are voluntarily contributing enormous personal time, effort and energy and resources to this project due to these potential risks. Some of my colleagues who share my concerns are Engineers, senior Advocates, Medical Health consultants as well as other multiple highly qualified community members.

I preface this reply with the comment that I believe it is wrong that I should have to generate the following information on behalf of the Drakenstein Community, and that this has become necessary because the Municipality has omitted to supply important health and safety risk information regarding the Waste to Energy program to its public and affected labour force.......

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My name is Francois van Wyk and I am registered as an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) in the environmental impact assessment process – Proposed WTE project in Wellington by Drakenstein Municipality. I have been a Wellington resident since 1997 and intend to spend the remainder of my life in Wellington. I am a business owner and also own several properties in Wellington. I have acquired a Diploma in Electrical Engineering during the 80’s. I have been in the Financial Services Industry since 1990 and also acquired a qualification in that industry. I have an extremely good understanding of electricity (specific interest in renewable energy) as well as financial matters. Proposed Waste to Energy Project in Wellington: Known facts from available documents and documented research.

Several calculation mistakes and mathematical mismatches occur in official documentation (National Treasury expressed explicitly during March 2013 correspondence to our Municipality “that DLM bears the ultimate responsibility for data and conclusions underlying the feasibility study”). Not only does the..........

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There is a Large-scale Waste To Energy Incinerator planned for Wellington by the Drakenstein Municipality and its commercial partner Interwaste and an environmental impact assessment process has started.

Here are some things that you might want to know about the incinerator but have not been told:

  • Waste incineration is a hazardous process.
  • Harmful emissions from the incinerator can include heavy metals, dioxins and furans, which may be present in the waste gases, water effluent or ash.
  • These hazardous emissions can negatively impact our health and our children’s. There are many schools and homes in close proximity to the proposed location that could be affected.
  • They hazardous emissions can contaminate food sources.  This will affect local Wellington farmers and anyone consuming products grown in Wellington.
  • Incinerator ash can be wind dispersed throughout the environment, with the biggest risk of fall-out within 7 kilometres.  The high-risk fallout covers the whole of town of Wellington.
  •  It has the potential to pollute the Berg River.  This will affect the ecological functioning of the river and anyone drawing water from the Berg River. It will affect downstream farmers and industries.
  •  Instead of working towards a Zero Waste model, a minimum guaranteed supply of waste will be needed to keep it in production.
  • With all the waste being directed into an incinerator, local comprehensive recycling and composting options will be hindered which will mean fewer jobs are created.
  • It can affect land values around Wellington. Who wants to live downwind of a hazardous waste incinerator?

Waste is a problem that requires well-thought through solutions.  Stand up for your rights, become part of finding the best solution.  Register as an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) in the environmental impact assessment process by sending an email to larry@rmsenviro.co.za. Then forward this message to family and friends who you think might also be affected.

Registration and Comment Sheet Download;   201508131021.pdf

If you would like to register as an interested and Affected Party on the Poject Database, please complete the above document and return by  29 August 2014

 Youtube Link with more info:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN09Ao8HibM&feature=youtu.be

 For more info you can contact  mailbag@fcbgroup.co.za  021 864 1790

Comments on the Final Scoping Report for
the Proposed Waste Recovery, Beneficiation
and Energy Project, Drakenstein
Municipality, Western Cape

RA Chapman Hydrologist 20 August 2015

In the light of my comments on the Final Scoping Report, I have been asked to comment also on the data contained in Annexure 4: Municipal Solid Waste Heat & Mass Balance Data, and Annexure 6) Direct Combustion Project Activity.  They are as follows:

The concerns expressed in my report are centered around pollutant loading and fate (pathways into the environment);

The chief concern, in my view, of the proposed WtE plant in Wellington is not so much the physical footprint of the facility but as a source of pollutant loading on environment, their pathways and their fate;

The FSR did not specify pollutant loadings or fate;

We have no data on expected pollutant loadings in municipal waste.  National literature such as DEA, 2012. National Waste Information Baseline Report. Department of Environment Affairs, Pretoria is silent on the quantities of hazardous materials expected in municipal waste.  Even then, their classifications of categories of hazardous waste is overly broad, indicating a class such as HWO3 (Batteries) rather than stating what is in it (lead, cadmium);

DEA (2102) note, based on other literature, that most local authorities are not aware of what is in their municipal waste streams;

Therefore we turn to international literature to try and understand the composition of municipal waste streams.  Pollutants identified include mercury, cadmium, arsenic, copper, zinc and others, which are contained in common household goods as well as possibly from small industrial and small healthcare services (which are difficult to control or remove from the waste stream).  See report;

We can therefore confidently assume that these pollutants will be present to some degree in the incoming waste stream

Annexure 4 lists emissions from the plant as carbon (C), hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), sulphur (S), nitrogen (N), chlorine (Cl) and flourine (F).  Pollutants are listed as hydrogen chloride (HCl), sulphur oxides as sulphur dioxide (SOx as SO2), nitrogen oxides as nitrogen dioxide (NOx as NO2), hydrogen flouride (HF), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans(PCDD/F) and dust;

What we expect in the incoming waste stream is therefore not consistent with those listed in Annexure 4 and not mentioned in the FSR, which is of significant concern, especially as no heavy metals are mentioned.

The pollutants in the ash, which is proposed to be dumped, and those from the scrubber facility, are now highly mobile as leachate, caused by water draining through the ash, which then is either likely to percolate to groundwater and/or travel by surface pathways to the Berg River;

Information on residual pollutant emissions to air and their eventual precipitation are not mentioned;

Note that the WtE facility would have to import waste as a means of maintaining an optimum fuel source, thereby increasing total pollutant loading in the incoming waste stream above what is generated locally by the proportion of increased waste stream;

The lack of procedures and protocols in case of system malfunction is of significant concern.  International experience has shown that severe pollutant releases occur during catastrophic breakdowns of complex systems, so whereas day-to-day controls may limit emissions, excessive pollutant loading into the environmetn still occurs through accidental release;

Annexures 4 and 6 therefore do not allay any concerns regarding pollutant loading and fate in the case of the proposed Wellington WtE facility.

Download full document: 2015-wte-A_Chapmans_comments_on_FSR.pdf 

Belangrike dokumente en inligting tov WTE vir aflaai  /   Important documents and information regarding WTE to Download.



Volgens die Munisipale bestuurder het die Munisipaliteit ten alle tye sy samewerking gegee. / According to the Municipal Manager, the Municipality at all times given its cooperation.

Download:    Media_report_comments_by_MM.pdf

Antwoord op bewerings deur Munisipalebestuurder  / Response to allegations by Municipal Manager

Download:    Media_report_DEW.pdf

Diegene wat die openbare vergadering bygewoon het sal onthou dat Mnr Ronald Brown ( maak seker van die naam) aangedui het dat die Drakenstein Munisiplaitiet in Korea gaan kers opsteek het oor die nuwe sogenaamde “Waste to Energy” projek wat vir Wellington beoog word. Die aangehegde studies van die newe effekte daarvan in Korea is dus insiggewend en iets waarvan elke inwoner van die Drakenstein gebied bewus behoort te wees. DEW spreuk die hoop uit dat die Drakenstein Munisipalitiet ook indringend daarna sal kyk.


Ignoreer die tegniese in meegaande Amerikaanse standaard, kyk in hoofstuk 5 wat die verbrander alles op die omgewing uitspoeg.

Download; Solid_Waste_Incineration.pdf


WIE en WAT is DEW?

 Adv Alan Nelson:  SC, Senior Advocate, BA Law (US) 1973, LLB (US) 1975

 Caron Potocnik:    “I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council and a specialist Neuropsychologist in my professional field, currently working on a PhD in the area of Alzheimer's disease.  I am employed as the Senior Neuropsychologist at Flexivest14 Research Centre in Bellville, where I work mainly in the area of neurocognitive assessments for clinical trials in the area of Alzheimer's disease.  I have post graduate Masters Degree qualifications in Human and Neurophysiology and Applied Research and design Statistics which is useful in the Research Field”

Johann van Schalkwyk, University of Stellenbosch, B.Sc, B.Eng., Electrotechnical Engineering

1968 – 1972 : Activities and Societies: Registered Professional Engineer. Senior Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers Member of the South African Institute of Industrial Engineers Full Member of Project Management South Africa Government Certificate of Competancy Electrical

Wouter Visser: PrTech Eng

René vd Westhuizen: Vaal Triangle Technikon  • Chemical Engineering • Chemical Engineering

Bestuur DEW:

Voorsitter:  Adv Alan Nelson

Ondervoorsitter:  Caron Potocknik


Adv Alan Nelson

Adv Stephan du Toit bygestaan deur 2 Senior Prokureurs

Tegniese Span – Ingenieurs

Johann van Schalkwyk

Wouter Visser

René vd Westhuizen

Bernus vd Westhuizen

Addisionele Lede verteenwoordigend van Boerdery, Besigheid & Gemeenskap

Trevor Cleevely,   Allen Harris, Anne-Rita vd Westhuizen, Janette van Schalkwyk, Henry Paulse

Schalk vd Merwe, Nombulelo Mtwayi, Ernus Spamer, Christine van Wyk


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