Dump site action, and kudos

2014-07-14 00:00

Garden refuse site solution in sight

WAYNE Nel from Pelham has several concerns regarding the Ritchie Road garden refuse site. He said the site has become a dump for all materials, not only garden refuse. “There are people at the dump (not municipal persons) making it unsafe for people using it. Recently there has been a spate of criminal activity, which was not the case previously when there was proper control of the site. The people in question light fires, burning anything to stay warm, causing pollution and fire hazards.”

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha agreed there were numerous challenges with regards to the site but said that along with other sites there is a solution in the pipeline. She said the palisade fence has been stolen in sections, making it difficult to have control over the site. The garden site attendants leave at 4 pm, leaving the site unattended in the evenings, when the illegal dumping takes place. They have discovered that the culprits are either residents or businesses who should dump their waste at the landfill site. The criminal activities are also a direct result of the palisade fence being stolen. “We have also investigated the matter regarding the people who are not authorised to be on the site and discovered that they are doing recycling without permission from the municipality,” Mafumbatha said.

The good news was that the municipality’s plans include establishing a composting site within the Linpark plantation where all garden waste will be directed for composting, leaving the garden sites for recycling projects. In addition, the municipality has approved R1 million to revamp Ritchie, Link and Prestbury garden refuse sites in the current financial year. “The upgrading will eliminate the problem of vagrants on the site, as there will be proper control,” Mafumbatha said.

Kudos for Nolwazi Kuboni

MAUREEN Keane-Murphy writes: “I am a pensioner of the Msunduzi Municipality and recently had to have my medical aid deduction amended. I was advised to deal with a lady by the name of Nolwazi Kuboni. I was so impressed with Ms Kuboni. When I left a message for her to phone me, she did just that; the deduction was amended immediately and after I had faxed her a document that she needed, she took the trouble to telephone me to tell me that she had received it. We need more employees like Ms Nolwazi Kuboni!”

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