Dumping: department distances itself from allegations

2011-01-05 00:00

THE Department of Public Works has distanced itself from the allegations that one of its local offices dumped piles of refuse in the Mpushini River at the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservatory in Ashburton recently.

The Witness reported on Monday that Nick and Nicole May, who were married at the conservatory, spent days leading up to their wedding cleaning up the waste that had been dumped a mere 300 metres from the wedding venue.

Over 60 broken bags of rubbish had been dumped in the area.

Inside the bags were documents that bore the name and address of one of the employees of the Public’s Works Department (PWD) offices at 191 Prince Alfred Street.

The couple complained to the employee identified in the documents whom they believed the rubbish belonged to.

They said that afterwards a PWD bakkie came and collected some of the rubbish.

By yesterday, some of the rubbish had yet to be removed.

Sureshinee Govender, a spokesperson for Human Settlements and Public Works MEC Maggie Govender, issued a statement distancing the department from the allegations of dumping the waste in the area.

“The Department of Public Works did not dump waste,” she said.

“… an investigation is being conducted and should anyone be found to have put the department into disrepute, they will be dealt with in accordance with departmental disciplinary procedures.”

Govender said the department would not subscribe to illegal and environmentally damaging dumping of refuse.

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