Msunduzi plan to end rubbish nightmare

2011-05-09 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality is confident the city’s rubbish woes will soon be over.

In a statement on Friday the municipality apologised unreservedly for the inconvenience caused to residents and said the non-collection of waste was due to internal challenges.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said that to address the backlog of waste that has lain uncollected, the waste management unit would do a concerted collection in the city from Friday to yesterday inclusive.

Zuma previously indicated that the problem has been caused by staff protesting over non-payment of overtime.

Council insiders said the management is fed up with being held to ransom by the workers and that there is a plan to replace employees who are jeopardising waste collection by going on go-slows with casual workers from the extended public works programme.

They said the problem has been exacerbated because some of the seniors who were put in charge after the municipality was placed under administration were from the unions.

“These managers haven’t been able to make up their minds whether they are managers or still unionists and whether they should side with the workers or carry out their management function,” said a source.

Another council worker said it is overtime that has brought the council to its knees and continues to plague the municipality. “Workers bought cars, appliances, renovated their homes and put their children into expensive schools. Overtime was expected as a normal part of the wage numeration, and now staff are finding it extremely difficult to manage without this extra income.

“This is why waste collection has not been able to function properly and especially over the past weeks with all the public holidays.

“The workers expected the generous overtime payments that they had grown used to but [these were] not forthcoming …” the source said.

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The waste collection schedule for the city is as follows

Monday

Oribi

Cleland

Unit 14,N BB

University Area (Scottsville)

Tuesday

Prestbury

Montrose

Townhill

Blackridge

Roberts Road

Kwa-Pata

France and Mpumelelo

Wednesday

Northdale (upper)

Raisethorpe

Dunveria

Sobantu

Bonmbay Heights

Newholmes

Ashburton

Lynfield Park

Thursday

Eastwood

Northdale 1

Northdale 2 (lower)

Imbali 1

Imbali 2

Mountain Rise

Friday

Upper town

Lower town

Thamboville

Thembalihle

Honeyville

Cinderella park

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