Refuse system still broken

2010-05-20 00:00

DESPITE assurances from the Msunduzi Municipality that a full programme of rubbish collection would be instituted two weeks ago, rubbish collection has continued to be a major problem for many suburban communities.

Residents in Scottsville Extension say that for the past three weeks, rubbish has not been collected in the area, despite being assured by acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko two weeks ago that a full programme to clean the city will be instituted.

The Witness has received similar complaints from other areas.

A concerned resident, Robert Hack, said he has made numerous attempts to get the municipality to attend to the problem, but in vain.

“For the past three weeks, the rubbish has not been collected, and when you call the municipality, they tell you that everything is under control.

“Numerous streets in the area are piling up with the refuse, which is now rotting and infested with rats and is actually becoming a health hazard.”

Hack said his attempts to get the municipality to attend to the problem have drawn a blank.

“I spoke to a gentleman there who told me that all the rubbish had been collected, but it was still on the street, and when I tried to contact the mayor they told me he was addressing a meeting at Winston Churchill.”

Hack said he tried to gatecrash the meeting, but was told he could not air his grievances there; he could only attend as a community member.

Ironically, the meeting was about assessing service delivery.

Many suburbs have complained of poor refuse collection.

Last week, frustrated residents in Eastwood dumped a pile of rubbish at the front door to their ward councillor’s local offices and left a crude letter accusing him of failing to collect rubbish.

Attempts to contact the Msunduzi Municipality for comment were unsuccessful.

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