No ‘box’, no rubbish removal

2008-12-23 00:00

Owners of shops and homes claim they are victims of Christmas ill will on the part of municipal refuse workers who are not picking up their garbage because they did not receive a “Christmas box”.

The owner of Msunduzi Liquor Store, Fredrick Sibiya, has watched the refuse outside his shop pile up since last Wednesday, while the areas outside his neighbours’ shops are regularly cleaned. The mystery was cleared when his security guard spoke to the street cleaners who work at night.

“They told him that I did not give them a Christmas box, but no one had approached me,” said Sibiya.

He is not the only victim. Late yesterday K.C. Ngcobo of Northdale said the refuse collectors knocked at his door for a “Christmas box”, but at the time only his seven-year-old son was at home. When he returned he found that the garbage had been collected from outside all his neighbours’ houses, but not from his. He said he has been phoning the supervisors ever since and has had no joy.

It was up to the head of waste management, Richard Rajah, to display goodwill and sort out the mess.

Rajah, who went to visit Sibiya, called on shop owners not to put out their own refuse at the end of each day for the street cleaners to remove. He advised that they should put out their refuse only once a week when the refuse collection in their area takes place.

Sibiya is still irked and not exactly feeling full of festive cheer. He said he will not be contributing to the cleaners’ “Christmas box”.

Rajah said he will contact Ngcobo and make arrangements for the collection of his refuse. The waste management head believes that it is not the norm, and that only a few errant workers are demanding a gift. He said he will address the matter taking an industrial relations approach in the new year, and explain to his staff that making demands hurts customer relations.

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