Rates revolt looms over trash

2014-10-17 00:00

RESIDENTS of Mount Michael near Sweetwaters are still faced with the terrible stench from an illegal dump.

This is despite assurance from uMngeni Municipality that the mess was to be cleaned up a month ago.

A stench from an animal carcass and used disposable nappies that were dumped along Sweetwaters Road greeted The Witness when visiting the area to investigate the complaint recently. The illegal dumping zone covers about 400 metres of the plantation opposite Ridge and Highlander roads, off Sweetwaters Road.

Flies have infested the area and residents fear that it will only get worse as summer progresses. Residents who spoke to The Witness said the mess has been there for months. Concerned resident Ian Cliff said, “We are just not getting services for the rates we pay the municipality. We are in no-man’s land because municipal staff only service Hilton.”

Cliff said, “It is things like illegal dumping that lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases. If we don’t nip this in the bud it could become an environmental catastrophe. If the rains come this [garbage] will be swept into the valleys.”

Cliff said because these are used disposable nappies among the filth, the council must send in professionals to clear the mess to avoid staff getting sick.

“To date, the uMngeni Municipality have fail on their promise to clean up the area and the [filth] continues to pile up,” he said. Cliff said, “Perhaps the only way the residents can get the municipality’s attention is by not paying rates or blockading roads. It seems to work around the rest of South Africa.”

uMngeni Municipality spokesperson Thando Mgaga said, “The refuse collection unit in our municipality has undertaken regular clearing of illegally dumped items at the said site as part of the overall collection of refuse in the area.”

He said their technical services department has been investigating the source of the illegal dumping. He warned hefty fines will be imposed against the perpetrator/s.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.