The Environmental & Waste Management Directorate is a service delivery Directorate that receives its core mandate from Section 24 of the Constitution of South Africa and is mandated to ensure a safe environment, which is not detrimental to human health for all within eMalahleni.
- Create an environment that is safe and not harmful to health of the community;
- Enhance environmental awareness education and encourage public involvement;
- Create a sustainable culture in the handling, collection, transportation, disposal and management of waste;
- Reduce impact on climate change through developing and implementing a climate change strategy for the municipality, aligned to the national strategy;
- Create a sustainable recycling and reuse culture within the municipality;
- Ensure compliance to all statutory requirements;
- Increase visibility and the enforcement of the Environmental By-Laws;
- Improve on the human dignity within the burial system through managing effectively the cemeteries, burial processes and the cemetery registry, and;
- To be good stewards over environmental infrastructure.
Departments under the Directorate
ELM Status Quo of the Natural Environment
The ELM is located on the Highveld plateau and is characterised by an undulating landscape without significant hills or ridges figure below. It is located approximately 1600 metres above sea level, with drainage occurring mostly in a northern direction. The landscape in the ELM is generally flat, with slopes of less than 1:30. This causes problems with the drainage of developments. Steeper slopes are found close to the rivers in the area.
The southern portion of the ELM is underlain by more or less continuous coal development of the Karoo Sequence. The subterranean levels in the area, known as the Mid-Ecca Group, were formed from the Karoo sequence and are located on a Dwyka conglomerate. The Karoo Super group consists of six different layers, with the fourth layer being the Mid-Ecca Group, where rich coal deposits were formed.