Seven brand new waste trucks to end the filth in the Capital City

2012-05-25 00:00

The honeymoon is over for workers of the Msunduzi Municipality’s waste department, Mayor Chris Ndlela said while receiving seven new waste trucks yesterday.

“Seven new trucks for the municipality [which cost a total R11,2 million] mean that we cannot have a reason for waste not being collected, and collected according to schedule,” he said.

Ndlela said he was aware that some areas had not had their waste collected for the past two weeks, but added that the arrival of the trucks marked the end of that situation.

He warned the 78 workers who had left waste collection to join other sections of the municipality to report back to the department, saying they now had the tools to do their jobs.

Ndlela also announced that the municipality would take delivery of 70 new vehicles, which cost R17,2 million, in the next two weeks. They included tankers, trucks, bakkies and sedans.

He said the municipality was still under provincial administration when the new council assumed office almost a year ago.

“The most glaring effect of that situation was the very little — or lack of — service delivery to the residents of our municipality.

“I made a commitment on the day of our inauguration that we will prioritise service delivery so that our residents get services they deserve,” he said.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert welcomed the acquisition of the new vehicles.

“At last we can see the tangible result of what has been in the planning stages for so long. We are moving forward at last,” he said.

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