Let’s all pitch in to scrub our city clean

2014-05-26 00:00

EFF to get down and dirty?

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) can put their red overalls and gumboots to good use when they scrub off the posters they glued onto a pedestrian bridge and bus stop in the Prestbury area. The two-week deadline for parties to remove their posters is up and several residents are expecting the clean-up. They are wondering what cleaning materials will be used and how much scrubbing power it will involve.

Professor Tony Cubbins was among the first to alert Witness Warriors to the problem. Surely it must be illegal to glue posters on council property, he asked. He and others believe the EFF should be fined for violating the city’s by-laws. They are now waiting to see whether the party sets an example and obeys the by-laws by scrubbing off its election posters. Warriors has alerted city hall to the problem. Watch this space.

To illegal dumpers

There is growing evidence in the forest from Chasedene to Otto’s Bluff road that city businesses are dumping their rubbish there with impunity.

A resident, who does not want to be named, has been travelling on the dirt road through the forest and has noticed the piles of building rubble and garbage being dumped not only along the main road, but into the arterial tracks as well. The resident even caught red-handed, employees of a garden maintenance company tipping over their rubbish in the forest.

Witness Warriors passed on the information to the municipality. Spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha pointed out that the forest was owned by Natal Co-operative Timbers company and they should also be alerted to the problem. Mafubatha said the municipality took illegal dumping very seriously and the security department has not hesitated in the past to investigate and prosecute illegal dumpers.

She added the complaint had been sent to the security department, waste management and environmental health units.

Overflowing skips

Charmaine Koekemoer of Lincoln Meade pointed out the problem of overflowing skips at complexes in the area. She said it was evident that these skips were inadequate for the number of units and were not emptied often enough. The skip then overflows and rubbish is blown into the streets.

Koekemoer did not understand why the skips were on the outside of the property and why the properties did not get bigger ones that would adequately deal with the amount of rubbish generated.

The municipality said in response that unfortunately the containers were not being managed properly by the complexes.

Bins should be wheeled out on collection days only and should not be permanently in a public place. When it comes to skips, spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the waste management section will get its operations staff to move these onto the complexes’ premises if they can. She added that some complexes have tonnage restrictions. “If the complex cannot handle the truck weight, and cannot manage the bins then they will have to revert to bags on the kerbside collection method.”

She said waste management will get staff to visit the complex managers with a view to increasing the frequency of collection, if necessary. The municipality was also looking at recycling methods of reducing waste.

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