ANC in row over refuse initiative

2013-10-23 00:00

JOB creation in Durban’s townships through the outsourcing of refuse removal has now been hampered with claims that the initiative benefited a few businessmen rather than scores of poor people.

The Witness learnt that about 55 contractors appointed by the eThekwini Municipality to remove solid waste in the townships were rejected by the ANC members in the wards.

The city introduced these contracts to help entrepreneurs from the informal sector in 2002.

About 374 community-based contractors are awarded tenders, they in turn employ over 1 500 people. In terms of the tender, each contractor is paid R25 000 monthly, and each contractor must employ at least four workers from the community.

“ANC members do not want contractors from outside Inanda, Mawoti and Matikwe. We were supposed to have started working three months ago,” said one contractor who was prevented from carrying out his tasks.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng acknowledged that the programme was facing challenges. “We introduced this initiative with good intentions, to create jobs for the communities. The challenges is that now some people want to keep everything for themselves. But those issues are being addressed with different structures. The budget of the programme varies as per wards.”

Mofokeng could not say how many contractors are currently employed, but said the cost runs into millions of rands.

The Witness has reliably learnt that the controversy around the programme has drawn the attention of ANC regional chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo. “To douse conflict among party members, Dhlomo met with councillors last week. He proposed that they should meet with the community and urged them to allow contractors from outside their townships to work there. But ANC members in branches rejected that strategy.”

ANC provincial executive committee member Nigel Gumede confirmed the meeting. He said it was incorrect to link refuse removal conflict to politics.

Gumede, who is also the municipality’s human settlements committee chairperson, was among the ANC councillors who introduced the initiative in 2002. “There are recommendations from last week’s meeting, but there are no ANC members who are at war over the programme,” he said.

DA eThekwini caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango said the municipality has no clear budget for the project.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.