Msunduzi rates city at 93% clean

2010-06-25 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents may be surprised to learn that the municipality has rated the city’s current cleanliness at 93%.

This is compared to a cleanliness rating of 83% last week, said Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler at yesterday’s sitting of the executive committee (Exco).

“The city was facing serious challenges regarding waste management, which are being addressed with significant improvements being achieved in the past week. Most of the backlog in waste management has now been addressed,” he said.

Mettler said worker absenteeism is a major problem as last week alone 36 refuse collectors out of a total of 127 were not at work. Productivity in the waste department is also a problem, he said, because some vehicles only make one refuse collection trip before parking off and then going home.

He said they expected one truck to collect at least one ton of waste a day, but some only collected 300 kilograms “which is completely unacceptable”.

Deputy Mayor Jabu Ngubo said it is disturbing that some waste removal trucks are “delivering close to nil”.

Ngubo said waste department workers have been flocking to her office and phoning her to complain of employees who are “idle and not doing anything”.

The workers were asking to be addressed by the mayor or administrator, she said.

Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr said there is a serious problem if workers are not happy with the people they have elected to represent them.

He said he has learnt that there are cases where some managers in certain sections simply do report for work.

“That is illegal and criminal,” he said.

Acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko urged the workers not to take up their issues with councillors, but to approach the municipal manager instead.

Meanwhile, the municipality is to come down hard on institutions that are defaulting on services rendered, especially government departments.

At yesterday’s Exco meeting, Democratic Alliance caucus leader Rodger Ashe said “we can’t wait forever” for departments to pay.

The mayor said the municipality has reached a situation where it will cut off electricity or water supplies to government departments.

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