Municipality to crack down on dumping in Timber Street

2008-02-29 00:00

The owner of the Shepstone House Building on Timber Street could face legal action by the municipality for alleged continued illegal dumping outside the building.

When municipal officials and health inspectors got reports of illegal dumping at the building from members of the public yesterday, they were welcomed by an enormous heap of rubble, refuse, a broken bed, pieces of old carpets and a mattress dumped outside the building.

Community Services and Social Equity SEM Zwelithini Hulane from the Community Services and Social Equity unit, who visited the site yesterday, expressed utter disgust at the eyesore. 'This is unacceptable. There are people who dump such items in this manner and expect the municipality to clean up after them, and when we don't they say the municipality does nothing,' he said.

Hulane said that the cleanliness of Timber Street near the Shepstone building has been a constant problem for the waste management department for years. The building owner, Suren Singh, was last year fined R1 500 for illegal dumping at the building. 'We have no choice but to regard this illegal dumping as intentional. The owner knows that if you have large items to dispose of, you must get a truck to take them to the landfill site for dumping. This is sheer disregard for the people who utilise the surrounding space and for the municipality that attempts to keep the city clean,' said Hulane. He said that more stringent measures would have to be taken against Singh, with the possibility of closing down the building if health inspectors deem it unfit for people to reside in.

When contacted by the Witness, Singh said he was aware of the mess, but that he was in the process of cleaning the building. He said the dumping was done by tenants who had moved out on Wednesday and left all their unwanted items there.

'I have told them [tenants] - to keep the building clean - What more can I do?' asked Singh.

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