Sol Plaatje will tackle dumping

2015-10-29 06:00
GRADERS of the Sol Plaatje Municipality busy cleaning a nearby open area that has been used for illegal dumping by the community of Roodepan while the launch of an illegal dumping awareness campaign was underway. Photos:  Boipelo Mere

GRADERS of the Sol Plaatje Municipality busy cleaning a nearby open area that has been used for illegal dumping by the community of Roodepan while the launch of an illegal dumping awareness campaign was underway. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE Sol Plaatje Municipality is committed to intensifying its efforts in tackling illegal dumping.

This it hopes to achieve by getting members of the community to work together.

In this regard the municipality re-launched a campaign on Friday (17/10) at the St Francis Xavier Church hall in Roodepan.

Illegal dumping has been an problem over the years and has escalated in recent months. The problem was also touched on by various tour guides during deputy Minister Derek Hanekom’s recent visit to the city earlier this month. For this reason the Sol Plaatje Municipality has taken it upon itself to launch the campaign.

Roodepan has been identified as pilot project and other areas across the city will be targeted at a later stage.

Mayor David Molusi emphasized that turning open areas into parks and educating members of the community on the importance of waiting for the scheduled refuse collection days, is one way of showing the seriousness of the campaign.

He also provided a telephone number where illegal dunping could be reportrd.

According to Molusi, it is only through partnership with the community that the municipality can tackle the issue of illegal dumping.

He said the municipality spends thousands of rands each year cleaning up these illegal dumps and this places a huge burden on the finances, which could have otherwise been allocated to other basic needs, like infrastructure and housing.

“Not only is this a financial burden, but it poses a serious health threat and can be fatal in some cases. Our local tourism industry is also adversely affected by this endemic.”

The municipal manager, Goolam Akharwaray, lashed out at the community making excuses that they do not have dustbins allocated to them. “It is no excuse to complain that they do not have dustbins in their yards as they have been encouraged to use plastic bags,” he said.

“It is time for the community to take responsibility for their own environment.”

The mayor also promised that the campaign will be taken to other areas like Galeshewe, Greenpoint, Platfontein and Ritchie.

“All illegal dumping can be reported at the Environmental Health Section Unit on 053-830-6251. Communities are urged to take down the details of perpetrators and their vehicles’ registration if possible,” concluded Molusi.

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