Garden waste dump still neglected

2011-09-26 00:00

ALMOST a month has passed since the South African Municipal Workers’ Union strike ended, but Pelham’s Ritchie Road garden waste site is still neglected, despite many complaints to Msunduzi Municipality.

Residents made temporary use of the waste site at the height of the strike.

A resident, Paul Rabe, said the site has still not been cleared of refuse and poses a health risk to the residential area.

“Numerous attempts have been made to get an answer from the department of waste, which have all proved somewhat unsuccessful and normally end up with the municipal representative hanging up the phone in my ear,” he said.

Rabe said the excuse provided by some “so-called” site supervisors is that they only have one truck and cannot attend to all of the sites.

“To make the situation worse, people are still being allowed to offload household refuse at this site among other things,” said Rabe, referrring to what has become a permanent problem.

He said people stay at the site during the night without ablution facilities and burn open fires there. “There have been numerous call-outs for the fire department when they set the waste alight,” said Rabe.

It is evident that the municipality is incapable of managing even a small site such as this one and it want residents to trust them with an entire city, he said.

“… Yet, they remain complacent to take a fat salary home at the end of the month with no conscience.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said, “There are people administering the sites during the day. The issue of trucks is being addressed as a matter of urgency.”

He said the situation is an after-effect of the strike, when household refuse was not collected and residents had no option but to dump at the garden sites. “However, the community is responsible for ensuring that only garden refuse is dumped in the garden dump site,” said Zuma.

He said a programme to attend to all garden sites will commence this week.

thobani.ngqulunga@witness. co.za

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