Refuse site issue finally addressed

2010-01-18 00:00

HOT on the heels of the strike that threatened to cripple operations at the New England Road landfill site last week, Msunduzi municipal officials are set to chair a meeting today regarding the way forward.

Mandla Zuma, the process manager in charge of the landfill site, said today’s meeting would focus on putting together a plan of action in conjunction with all the relevant stakeholders.

He said the municipality had been working around the clock since last Tuesday trying to resolve the landfill site’s problems.

“Firstly, the entrance to the landfill site itself was cleared on Wednesday … Secondly, fleet management has hired vehicles to be used on site while municipal vehicle repairs are being undertaken,” said Zuma.

Last week, The Witness reported on the chaotic scenario that erupted at the landfill site following a downing of tools by workers.

Mountains of rubbish lay piled up both inside and outside the premises as workers complained that they only had one machine with which to move the rubbish further up into the site, where it is supposed to be mashed into the ground.

At the time, they said all they wanted to do was work, but this was near impossible as they did not have enough machines to perform their duties effectively. As a result, some rubbish had been lying in the same place since last October because just as the one machine they had at their disposal moved the rubbish, residents loaded more refuse onto their designated dumping area and a major backlog ensued.

Another of their complaints had to do with machinery that had been lying idle on site for years without being taken in for repairs. All some machines needed were new tyres or patching up in order to get them up and running again.

Yesterday the employees said three additional trucks were hired to enable them to move the rubbish and two more bulldozers were also hired to help make their jobs easier.

“We’ve cleaned and swept ­everywhere. It’s as if the chaos and mess that took place last week didn’t even happen. It’s obvious, then, that we simply didn’t have the tools to work,” said a worker.

Landfill site employees will be attending today’s scheduled meeting along with senior officials and a union representative, workers told The Witness.



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