Sondela Rubbish Dump

A rubbish dump is at the heart of a battle in one of the North West’s most dangerous townships, Sondela, pitting residents who live near the dump against people who mine it for a living.

This follows the 2015 announcement by the municipality that it would set aside R500-million to remove the dump and deal with service delivery problems.

The stench of garbage is palpable as you drive past the Bana-Pele Primary School that is only a stone’s throw away from the mountain of rubbish.

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