City commits to clean up rubble

2016-02-02 06:00
 Rubble from an ablution block demolition in Mountain View is set to be cleared every month, the City promises. PHOTO: Johan Kikillus

Rubble from an ablution block demolition in Mountain View is set to be cleared every month, the City promises. PHOTO: Johan Kikillus

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The council has promised to clear rubble monthly at the site of two demolished toilet blocks in Mountain View.

This after the City of Cape Town demolished the facility in September last year because it fell into a state of disrepair.

However, the City failed to remove the rubble after the demolition, says community worker and Ocean View Care Centre founder Johan Kikillus.

The rubble poses a serious health concern, he says, with the site bordering a crèche and often used as a play area by children. In addition, the former facility has added to the impression that the area is unkempt, he feels.

Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements, says the demolition took place because the ablution buildings were vandalised and were also being used as a dump site, which was becoming a health hazard.

However, the City is taking action to clean the site, Van Minnen maintains.

“Cleaning is an ongoing process as new rubble gets added as families move off site to the new development. The entire site will be cleared once all of the residents have moved to the new development,” she says.

In December the City removed 500 bags of rubbish, Van Minnen says, “and will be doing so on a monthly basis until such time as the site is restored to its natural state”.

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