Dumping site angers

2015-06-24 06:00
FLY DUMPING: Langa Hengu at an illegal dumping site in the Kgotsong Location in Bloemfontein. 
Sidwell Guduka

FLY DUMPING: Langa Hengu at an illegal dumping site in the Kgotsong Location in Bloemfontein. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THE illegal dumping site next to homes at the Kgotsong Location in Bloemfontein poses a health risk.

Mounds of rubbish can be found at an open space next to the New Apostolic Faith Assembly Church of South Africa and surrounding homes.

Resident Langa Hengu (31), who lives in the area near the illegal dumping site, says he can no longer stand the smell.

Hengu explains that the municipality used to collect rubbish in the area, but it has been almost two years since the waste truck last came to fetch it.

“Every day we see people come with loads of trash, and they come and dump it out here. This open space has become a garbage dump. There are hypodermic needles, old mattresses, broken glass, used sanitary towels, dead animals and much more,” Hengu told Express.

“I don’t think the people doing this understand the implications behind it. But I guess they have no choice, because we are not getting any service delivery from the municipality,” he said.

According to Hengu, residents have reported this matter to relevant authorities many a times, but nothing has been done.

“Our complaints about the fly dumping have been largely ignored by the city. So we have every reason to be upset. The saddest thing is that our kids come and play here at the dump.

“Some of them come here to pick up old toys. This dump site smells so bad and it poses a health risk to kids and everybody in the area.

“The municipality must send a waste truck to come and collect rubbish in the area at least once a week,” Hengu said.

Another resident, Jerry Madikgetla (36), said an illegal dumping site was a health threat to the community as it was in the middle of their township.

“People have been dumping trash here for over a year now. There is a bad smell coming out of this garbage dump and it bothers people.

“We are really concerned about the health of our kids who might get diseases such as tuberculosis,” said Madikgetla.

) Despite Mangaung Metro spokesperson Qondile Khedama committing to come back to Express after a meeting, no response had been received at the time of going to print

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