Rubbish strike to hit rivers

2010-03-09 00:00

IN THE aftermath of the 10-day municipal workers’ strike, the city can expect a trash deluge into local rivers come the next big rains.

So says Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) chairman David Still, who adds that past experience indicates that the build-up of rubbish will eventually flow into the rivers, impacting upon the river environment for up to 30 km below Pietermaritzburg.

“Much of the recently uncollected waste will ultimately find its way into the city’s stormwater system, and from there into our rivers,” he said.

Still said Duct interacts with the city’s sewer inspectors and the sewer blockage teams on a regular basis, and they do their best with the limited staff at their disposal.

“I therefore would not be surprised if whatever overtime they have been paid has been well-earned and properly authorised.

“Regarding overtime for bodyguards, I question why we have body­guards for senior officials and politicians at all, let alone bodyguards working overtime.

“If people are not prepared to do these well-paid public service jobs without bodyguards, I suggest they resign to make way for those who are either braver or less paranoid.”

Still said Duct, with volunteers and a few community conservancy groups, cleans up rivers whenever possible, even though it does not have many resources. He appealled to those who care about the city to support the messy and never-ending job they do, as it creates jobs for people in need.

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