City waste fleet remains grounded

2011-03-11 00:00

RUBBISH lay uncollected in most parts of Pietermaritzburg yesterday while Msunduzi Municipality’s ageing waste management fleet remained idle as a result of slow authorisation of maintanance and repair jobs.

Although some parts of the city, including Glenwood, Pelham, Bisley Valley and Hayfields, have had their rubbish collected, other areas are not so lucky.

Rubbish continued to lie on the roadside in Cleland, Washington Road, Richmond Crest, most parts of the central business district, Westgate and northern areas. The hardset hit area was Northdale.

According to waste management workers, only four trucks were operational yesterday, with about seven parked at the waste department headquarters in Mayor’s Walk.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma agreed that the municipality was down to four rubbish trucks, with two broken down, but said they had started dealing with the uncollected waste.

“While our guys are doing the normal rounds, we are trying to catch up on the old waste that was not collected as well. Chase Valley, Prestbury and Montrose were dealt with today. We are moving to other areas as well,” he said.

According to workers who wished not to be named, they will volunteer today and over the weekend to clear the rubbish backlog.

They said that this is their own initiative and will not affect their overtime.

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