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MINUTES of a meeting of the CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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									                   MINUTES of a meeting of the ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE
                    Held in Indaba Room No. 2, Ground Floor Conference Centre,
                        Chamber House, 190 Stanger Street, Durban on
                                   6 February 2008 at 08H30

28 February 2008


PRESENT:               T Clapperton           Rennies Distribution Services (In the Chair)
                       M Black                Gelvenor Textiles
                       D Dold                 WESSA
                       C Fennemore            eThekwini Water and Sanitation
                       L Gravelet-Blondin     DWAF
                       L Hannay               Shepstone and Wylie
                       P Highley              DCCI SMME Committee
                       M Mander               Futureworks
                       T Mnyaka               Abenzi Wasteman
                       D Mtembu               DAEA
                       B Naidoo               Heartland Leasing
                       G Nel                  Shepstone and Wylie
                       W Nzimande             Pollution Control (eThekwini Health)
                       S Redelinghuys         Engen
                       M Sebole               DAEA



APOLOGIES:             L Anderson             LAA
                       P Allen                Veolia
                       A Hoogervorst          Eagle Environmental
                       V King                 Metamorphosis Consulting
                       R Lochan               ROSE Foundation
                       R McInerney            ShareList Properties
                       I Naidoo               NPC
                       S Pecku                NPA
                       S Ramsunder            Illovo Sugar
                       K Read                 Diakonia
                       J Reis                 Corrocoat



IN ATTENDANCE: A Botha                        DCCI




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                                                                                              Actioned
1.     WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                              by:
The Chairperson welcomed everyone to the meeting, extending a special welcome to:
Myles Mander-Futureworks, Lynne Hannay-Shepstone and Wylie and Zama Mtembu-
DAEA. Noted.

Ms Redelinghuys informed the Committee that Mr. Alan Munn had resigned from Engen
and had moved overseas. Noted.

2.      APOLOGIES
Apologies for absence, as recorded above, were noted.

3.      PRESENTATION: Fish kills in Durban harbour.
Mr. Fennemore stated that there would be no presentation on this issue at this meeting.
This was as a result of many issues having recently come to light on this matter. This
was a long term problem and sewage was a major contributor to the problem. It was
agreed that Mr. Fennemore report back at the next meeting on this issue. Mr. Gravelet-
Blondin stated that the fish in the harbour had died as a result of oxygen depletion in the
water which had lead to anaerobic conditions being experienced, as well as increased
levels of sulphates found in the water. The Press had also been distorting this issue. Mr.
Fennemore stated that it was encouraging that the public was responding to this issue
but urged the Committee to contact the following number should they have a pollution
complaint in future: 0801 313 013. It was also important to note the time and the name
of the person one was dealing with when lodging these complaints.

Mr. Mander stated that eThekwini had undertaken a river health study some time ago
and that there were several issues outlined in this report which still needed to be
addressed. Mr. Fennemore agreed but stated that not all the issues outlined in this
report had been sewage related. Other problems of nutrients were also identified.
Against this, no standards were available which covered nutrient levels in rivers, bar
ammonia. Noted. Poor river health had also been referred to which contributed to the
death of micro invertebrates. Mr. Mander stated that this was of importance in light of the
fact that, should these invertebrates not be able to function normally, river health would
be affected as no clearing of the river could occur. Mr. Fennemore agreed, stating that
there was a need to enhance the river environments in order to facilitate the process of
biodegradation. Noted. Mr. Gravelet-Blondin stated that poor river health did not
necessarily lead to poor water quality. The quality of water in eThekwini was generally
good with the exception of certain nutrient levels. A lot of accusation had been leveled at
the authorities regarding the fish kill issue. Transnet, DWAF and eThekwini Water and
Sanitation had been on site with this issue at all times, including Christmas day. Noted.

The Chairperson stated that she had read a report on the issue of the pollution of
groundwater and that this could well be South Africa’s next crisis. Mr. Fennemore stated
that it was important that the public was aware of this issue and that all citizens were to
blame for this problem. Mr. Gravelet-Blondin stated that a committee had been formed
which was dealing with the issue of water scarcity. Furthermore, a document had also
been compiled by DWAF with regards to the effects of load shedding on pump stations.
It was not possible to run sewage pump stations if extended power outages were
experienced. Noted.

4. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the last Environmental Committee meeting, held on 3 October 2007,
were confirmed and signed as a true record of the proceedings.

5. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
Noted that there were no matters arising that would not be covered during the course of
this meeting.

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6. LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS
Mr. Mander stated that the European Union provided money for projects related to
research and development. This particular project involved several groups, including
Oxford Centre for Water Research, Futureworks and the Columbian National University.
This project aimed to get civil society involved in developing a set of local sustainability
indicators. There was a need to establish agents in Durban who could drive this project.
Noted.

A bottom-up approach was used to develop a set of locally relevant sustainable
development indicators. This was to be funded by the EU. Noted. Professional teams
would be involved in this process and paid for by the EU as well. It often occurred that
industry groups developed a set of indicators particular to that specific industry. This was
an opportunity to allow for these indicators to be pooled together as a comprehensive
set. Training would be provided by a mix of universities and SME’s with expertise in this
field. Bayesian Networks will be used to understand the interactions between different
components of indices, and as a tool to help engage stakeholders in the design and
development process. Noted.

It was anticipated that four to six workshops of 2 days each would be held in the first 18
months for the development of these indicators. It was intended to involve the DCCI,
WESSA and eThekwini Municipality in this project, should the bid be won by this region.
Noted. There was also a need to ensure that the process was politically expedient. The
benefits for the DCCI included: opportunities to interact with global experts; exposure to
emerging ideas; development of locally relevant tools and the opportunity for a wide
range of DCCI members to be involved. The DCCI would be required to submit a letter
of support for this initiative by 25 February 2008. Agreed.                                    A. Botha

Ms Dold stated that a lot of work had been undertaken by eThekwini Municipality on
developing ecological indicators. These were largely complete but could possibly use
some “tweaking.” Mr Gravelet-Blondin agreed, stating that a lot of work had already
been done on this. Mr Mander noted this and stated that there was a need to take the
existing body of knowledge, make it more comprehensive and locally relevant. A
dedicated person from the different industries could be dedicated to the process. Mr
Black stated that this was a good idea, in light of the exposure that one might get to what
is occurring in different places on this issue. Reporting on sustainability was important.
Noted. Ms Redelinghuys stated that it was important for all involved to be aware of what
was to be expected of them, allowing persons to motivate their involvement in this
project to their seniors. Agreed.                                                              M. Mander
[Secretarial note: This presentation was sent to Committee members for further
information with these Minutes.]

7. ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION
Ms Nel informed that there had been amendments made to the National Environmental
Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004. Noted. These amendments were available
from the Secretariat, should they be required.

It was agreed that the Secretariat provide detail of the DEAT open day on NEMA and             A. Botha
EIA regulations amendments.

The Chairperson enquired as to the status of the Waste Bill? Mr. Gravelet-Blondin
informed that this was still a Bill and no further progress had occurred thus far. Noted.
Mr. Gravelet-Blondin also informed that the Integrated Coastal Management Bill was
also still a Bill. Ms Dold informed that the Portfolio Committee was to hear objections to
this Bill during the course of February 2008. Noted.


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8. SCHEDULE TRADE PERMITS
Ms Nzimande informed that Mr. Hooblal was unavailable to attend this meeting, thus a         W.
report could be given at the following meeting on this issue. Agreed.                        Nzimande/R.
                                                                                             Hooblal
9.   RESPONSIBLE CONTAINER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH
      AFRICA.
The Secretariat informed that a conference was being organized with international
experts to run training in the various sectors on the transportation of dangerous goods
and the classification and labeling of chemical substances. This was to be held in
Durban, possibly next year, and would involve various sectors and specifically port-
related sectors ie. freight forwarders, purchasing and contracts personnel etc. as well as
vessel owners, in light of the dangers posed to shipping through incorrect packaging and
labeling. Support would be sought from industry and government for this conference.
Noted.

The DCCI had submitted comment to BUSA on the classification and labeling of
chemical substances, drafted by the RCMASA and compiled with inputs from various
involved industries. A copy of these comments was available on request. Noted.

Ms Nzimande informed that the RCMASA was hosting a Safe Drums Project workshop
on Wednesday 13 February 2008 at Engen. Details of this workshop were to be
forwarded to the Secretariat for onward distribution to the Committee. Agreed. Ms            W.
Redelinghuys stated that this was important in terms of water pollution and health effects   Nzimande
when remaining substances were washed out of these drums once purchased by the
informal traders. Furthermore, this was also important in terms of undertaking the “cradle
to grave” approach with used containers. Noted. It was hoped that there would be a
wide industry representation at this workshop.

10. DUBE TRADEPORT
The Secretariat informed that:

        Construction had started on 24 August 2007.
        The passenger terminal piling process was now underway and all access and
         link roads had been graded.
        Civil earthworks were now nearing completion and civil building construction
         was soon to begin with the passenger and cargo terminal work to begin soon.
        Construction had been delayed during October 2007 and an accelerated
         construction programme was now underway.
        Completion date was March/April 2010.

Ms Dold informed that the disruption of the barn swallows in the area had become an
issue, with these birds being found in areas which they previously had not inhabited.
Noted.

11. INFORMATION-SHARING SESSION
Mr. Hoogervorst’s submission had been tabled for the benefit of the Committee. Mr.
Hoogervorst was thanked for his continued efforts in this regard. Noted.

Ms Nel stated that there was a need for a list of contacts who dealt with e-waste. It was    A. Botha
agreed that the Secretariat circulate a list of recyclers in this regard.

The Chairperson informed that training was being run on the new driving demerit system
and she agreed to forward details of this training to the Secretariat for onward             T.
transmission to the Committee.                                                               Clapperton
12. ELECTION OF DCCI ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON
Mr. Ian Naidoo was no longer able to be Chairperson of this Committee as a result of

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increased work commitments. He had however, mentioned that he would still be
available to serve as Vice Chairperson of this Committee, should it be agreed to by the
Committee. Noted.

Ms Glendyr Nel was nominated as Chairperson of this Committee and this nomination
was supported by several Committee members. Noted. Ms Nel was congratulated on
her taking over the seat as Chairperson of the Committee. Noted. It was confirmed that
Mr. Ian Naidoo takes over as Vice Chair of the Committee. Noted.

13.  ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED AT BOARD LEVEL AND FEEDBACK FROM
    DCCI BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETINGS
Noted that no issues were raised under this section.

14.       GENERAL

2 April DCCI Environmental Affairs Committee meeting
The Secretariat proposed that the 2 April DCCI Environmental Affairs Committee
meeting be comprised of four presentations, namely:

          Durban Harbour Fish Kills
          Update on eThekwini’s greening programme
          Structure and functions of DAEA and the links with the DCCI and this Committee
          Update on the eThekwini Air quality Management Plan

This was agreed to by the Committee.

Ms Dold stated that it was difficult to make it in time for the start of the DCCI
Environmental Affairs Committee meetings, being at 08H30. Was it not possible to start
the meetings at 09H00 instead? This was agreed to by the Committee.                         A. Botha

15. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on 2 April 2008 at 09H00 at
Chamber House, Durban.

THIS CONCLUDED THE PROCEEDINGS AND THE CHAIRPERSON DECLARED THE
MEETING CLOSED AT 10H30, THANKING EVERYONE FOR THEIR ATTENDANCE.

CONFIRMED:

CHAIRPERSON:                                              DATE:________________




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