Night soil issue solved

2017-04-20 06:00
Toilet cleaning services in Barcelona informal settlement were disrupted as residents protested against recruitment policies. PHOTO: mandla mnyakama

Toilet cleaning services in Barcelona informal settlement were disrupted as residents protested against recruitment policies. PHOTO: mandla mnyakama

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Afresh arrangement to clean toilets in the Barcelona informal settlement, just outside of Gugulethu, seems to have been the perfect solution to weeks-long disruption which have left the place without night soil collection.

There’s a new conract in place for the cleaners.

Meanwhile, Barcelona had become an infestation strewn with human excreta boiling out of the portable toilets.

Residents stopped cleaners from working on 24 March in protest against recruitment policies. Cleaners are employed to empty and clean the portable toilets supplied by the City of Cape Town to homes in the area. They had just removed the portable toilets, which were full.

Residents said they had told local ward councillor Bongani Ngcombolo that they wanted 21 people who had worked as casuals in the area since December to get the janitorial positions from 1 February.

They said Ngcombolo had instead chosen to employ new janitors from the municipality’s database and sidelined the casuals. The casual workers had waited at the communal hall in Barcelona, but Ngcombolo had conducted the hiring process in the Gugulethu municipal offices.

Street committee chairperson Mongameli Mbili said the 21 people had now all been recruited on a new one-year contract. The toilet cleaning service was “back to normal”, he said.

The dispute was apparently resolved two weeks ago.

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