Cleaners in Block 8 down tools

2019-11-28 06:00
Piles of rubbish in front of communal toilets along Tyaka Street at Block 8 informal settlement in Browns Farm.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Piles of rubbish in front of communal toilets along Tyaka Street at Block 8 informal settlement in Browns Farm.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Block 8 informal settlement residents in Browns Farm, Philippi, are appealing to the City of Cape Town to urgently hire a new cleaning company.

The neighbourhood has been without cleaning services for the past three weeks according to residents and rubbish is piling up around the area, causing an unbearable smell and a swarm of flies. When City Vision visited the area, piles of rubbish, some in refuse bags, lined up the streets for collection.

Resident Nombulelo Mpama said they are in the dark about the refuse collection in the area. “All we see is rubbish piling up and no one is collecting it. The worst part is that people are throwing it in front of the toilets and it makes it difficult for us to use them,” she said.

Mpama said she is concerned about the children’s health as most of them play in the rubbish. “Children are curious, they want to experiment with everything. And once a child gets sick the parent has to go to the clinic,” she said, adding this has serious implications on the parents’ salary.

Ward 80 councillor Nkululeko Mgolombane blamed the community leaders for the problem. “Some of the community leaders don’t want the new cleaning company that was hired by the City,” said Mgolombane.

Magolombane said in terms of the municipal policy cleaning contractors have a six month lay off before they can apply for other jobs from the City.

“When we check the company’s documents and they have not been working for a year they have the right to apply for a job again. There is nothing wrong with what the City did. It (City) complied with the law,” he stated. However, he said they will have a meeting as community leaders in an effort to resolve the matter.

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