Filth angers residents

2017-04-20 06:00

RESIDENTS of Ocean View in Jeffreys Bay expressed anger at the Kouga Municipality for failing to keep the area clean.

According to Renaldo Witbooi, streets and open spaces are overwhelmed with garbage that attracts rodents and flies - ranging from plastic bottles, dirty nappies, and broken glass, to paper, milk cartons and old household appliances.

“I have been living here for 11 years, but it has never been this bad. The place is covered with rotten garbage, and the smell is overwhelming - you cannot even open a window.

“We fear for the health of our children who play in the garbage. They have nowhere else to play as there are no parks in Ocean View.”

Kouga Executive Mayor, Elza van Lingen, says, "It is of great concern how dirty many of our areas are, including Ocean View.

"The main challenge in Ocean View is littering and illegal waste disposal. Some households also take their refuse out on days when refuse collection is not scheduled. This results in animals breaking open the bags and scattering the litter about."

According to Van Lingen, keeping communities clean requires a combined effort from the municipality and residents themselves.

"The municipality has eight litter pickers who clean the area daily. Refuse collection takes place once per week and there are five skip bins for general use by the community," says Van Lingen.

"Awareness campaigns on waste disposal have been held, but there is a need to increase educational drives so as to encourage communities to play an active part in keeping their environments clean. This would include encouraging each other to take out refuse bags on scheduled collection days only."

The municipality is furthermore looking at forming community or street committees, with a specific focus on environmental friendliness and waste disposal.

They are also in the process of procuring more skip bins for the area.

"However, additional resources alone cannot solve the problem if we do not take hands with the community towards a common goal of keeping Ocean View clean," says Van Lingen.

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