2017-06-15 06:02

“We fear that they will label us as problematic, and then replace us with a new recruits.”

On Monday, we came across Elzett Mankayi, 57, trying to clean up a mound of human faeces dumped at a Barcelona refuse collection point. She had no facial mask and was struggling to cope.

Councillor Xanthea Limberg, the City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, said all contractors are expected to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act by providing protective clothing to all workers.

“This particular legal requirement carried a R1,000 penalty per occurrence … Each contractor is expected to comply with the conditions of the contract. We will liaise with the contractor in question to ensure that all health and safety requirements are met. If any aspects of the tender have not been fulfilled, action will be taken,” said Limberg.

Silo admitted, “It’s true, that you definitely have to wear a mask when you enter such [collection] containers, because that place stinks too much.”

“I am also thankful to you [GroundUp] for highlighting this issue, so that from now onwards I can buy all the relevant equipment and keep it ready for them,” he said.

Silo said the issue of vaccination of the cleaners had been raised with the City of Cape Town, but they informed him that their own research had shown them that it was unnecessary.



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