Landfill mishap: manager blamed

2013-01-25 00:00

THE poor condition of the New England Road landfill site on the day a pensioner was nearly squashed by a truck has been blamed on bad management.

Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi told the executive committee (Exco) yesterday he had sent the deputy municipal manager for community services, Sipho Dubazana, to the site on hearing about the accident.

From what Dubazana told him, he believed the incident could have been the result of poor leadership on the part of the site manager.

Nkosi said the site was not thoroughly compacted on the day because one or two of the compactors were not in working order. Rain had also made the ground muddy and slippery.

Fritz Vermaak was pushed out of harm’s way when a municipal truck offloading rubbish fell on his bakkie on Monday. Moments later he suffered a heart attack.

Exco was presented with landfill site monthly reports for October and November last year, which showed that certain problems cited by Vermaak after the incident were being addressed.

One was a request for extra security, which Exco approved.

The site would have an extra guard and two dogs to police the road leading to the dumping area.

Vermaak had also complained about poor driving, impatience and bad behaviour by visitors to the site.

Nkosi’s report to the committee said small vehicles were previously diverted to a specially constructed concrete slab to dispose of their waste.

This was done to avoid congestion at the work face, where the larger vehicles operated.

However, improvements were being made to the access road to enable all vehicles to be diverted to the actual disposal site.

“This will improve operations, reduce the double handling of waste and save costs on the hire of external equipment,” the report said.

Exco was also told that the landfill site was due to be audited .

The management of the site had requested all aspects of the landfill to be audited and auditors were finalising the scope of the work.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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