Refuse sites all overflow

2011-12-08 00:00

AN ageing fleet is being blamed for the overflowing state of Msunduzi Municipality’s landfill on New England Road and garden refuse sites in various part of the city.

A worker at the landfill site on New England Road blames this appalling condition on officials who neither maintain the site nor provide adequate equipment for its upkeep.

“The Caterpillar compactor has been broken for almost six months; even though it has been fixed it is still going to take a while to alleviate the backlog because when it was sent for repairs in Durban, officials hired bulldozers that broke down on regular basis,” said the worker, who wants to remain anonymous.

He added: “Maybe the problem is that the elected councillors are not aware of how much the municipality is losing in terms of money as a result of this. I also doubt that they have been properly trained to understand the importance of maintaining the landfill site as it could generate a lot of money if officials knew how to keep it running properly.”

He said that even the people who scavenge the landfill site do not want to work for anyone because they make a lot of money out of it.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma confirmed that the landfill compactor broke down in June, and while it went for repairs the council secured a replacement bulldozer.

“Our compactor only came back on November 15 and it is on site as we speak.

“Since the compactor came there has obviously been a backlog, which has made us put in a landfill rehabilitation plan in the short and medium term,” said Zuma.

He said that in terms of the medium-term plan the municipality has received approval to procure a new compactor, which should be delivered by the end of February or in March and that means that there will be two compactors.

“The garden refuse site is an old story of the challenges with ageing fleet. Out of four trucks that should be serving it only two are working and the rest have been sent for repairs,” said Zuma.

He said they will be using TLBs and tipper trucks as a temporary measure on the sites while repairing the broken trucks.

Zuma said the municipality has the money to fix the fleet, but has to be guided by the 2011/12 budget, so any problems encountered this year will have to be accommodated in the next financial year.

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