The City of Cape Town claims the recent stink from the Potsdam Waste Water Plant is due to the tender process. See the press release below from the Alderman Xanthea Limber

“The source of the odour relates to the stockpiling of sludge at our Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Plant. Since 1 January neither waste activated sludge or primary sludge cake are being removed from any of our wastewater treatment plants due to appeals. The procurement process is long, meaning we haven’t been able to get the new sludge tender in place.”

Xanthea Limberg

Fact Check

The Blaauwberg District Plan 2012 Page 100 reads: 

b) Environmental Management Priorities
 No activity or use which includes the on-site storage of hazardous substances shall be permitted unless a risk management and prevention plan has been submitted and Council has given approval thereto

Management Policy
 Improve effluent quality from the WWTW by ensuring sufficient capacity and upgrading the Potsdam and Melkbosstrand WWTW as soon as possible
 Provide additional pump stations and bulk infrastructure (sewer and water reticulation)

Has the City agreed to this on site storage ? And more importantly the City committed to upgrading the Potsdam Plant a decade ago. This stink is not a tender problem. The City has failed to act on its own plan for ten years. We invite Alderman Limberg to give clarity on this issue. 

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