Job not to be sniffed at

2015-07-01 06:05

FOR the

past five years, Gorden Sesing has been surviving on collecting and emptying buckets of solid waste in his area.

He is not ashamed to speak about what he tells Express is a very good “tender” that has changed his life for the better.

Sesing lives in the Kgotsong Location outside Bloemfontein, where most residents are unemployed and survive on a shoestring.

The 45-year-old is a devorcé, and has two children he wants to make sure do not go to bed with an empty stomach.

“I’m happy and proud to have this ‘tender’. I’m making a living through it.

“I really like what I do, serving the people of Kgotsong,” Sesing told Express.

“I have been doing this job since 2010 and will continue to do it for as long as possible.

“Before I got this tender, I used to go to bed with an empty stomach and I could not provide for my kids.

“By the grace of God, I’m able to put bread on the table for all of us through the money I make from this wonderful tender.

“If you can’t be employed because of a lack of skills and your age, you’ve got to use your head and come up with something that will generate money for you.

“I’m forced to do this job to survive. I must do it – or else I won’t have food and electricity in my home.”

Apparently, the municipal workers do not collect and empty toilet buckets in certain parts of Kgotsong.

Sesing does that job for those residents who are affected by the situation – for a reasonable fee, of course.

Every Monday he collects toilet buckets for his clients and then line them up on the street where the municipal tractor that transports the human waste passes.

Sesing said he charged every household the paltry fee of R10 for every bucket he collected and emptied in the tractor.

“I have approximately 40 clients in the whole Kgotsong area.

“Some of them pay me immediately while others prefer to pay me either fortnightly or at month’s end.

“I make as much as R1 000 in a good month.”

While Sesing says he is not bothered about losing his dignity, he admits that he fears for his health.

“I’m well aware that doing this job is unhygienic. Sometimes I fear that I might contract TB or other diseases.

“I think I should consult a specialist doctor for necessary treatment.”

Resident Bongiwe Mthwanambi (37) says the municipality does not provide services – or collect toilet buckets in Kgotsong.

“We are smelling, eating and walking in s**t and our children are getting sick,” said Mthwanambi.

“The municipal workers stopped collecting buckets here in 2010.

“But they collect buckets in other parts of Kgotsong. That’s unfair!

“Most people in the area have resorted to emptying their toilet buckets in the nearby quarry. This area always reeks because of the uncollected toilet buckets.”

Qondile Khedama, Mangaung Metro spokesperson, could neither confirm nor deny the allegations that toilet buckets in Kgotsong have not been collected since 2010.

“Kgotsong, together with other parts of the city, will be receiving attention,” Khedama said.

“There is a mechanism that we are currently working on that seeks to restore the dignity of our residents who are based in areas that have not been receiving sanitation as compared to those who are in the urban space of the city.”

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