Headache over piling rubbish

2019-05-09 06:01
Pile of rubbish at Baba Street in Mfuleni.

Pile of rubbish at Baba Street in Mfuleni.

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A Mfuleni educare centre owner, Sinako Situma, is livid over the ongoing dumping next to their premises.

He is calling on the City of Cape Town to take stringent measures to root out the scourge and bring perpetrators to book.

He says that the rubbish pile has been growing in size since the start of the year, after a strike by solid waste employees took place there.

When City Vision visited Ubuhle Babantwana Educare Centre, a pile of rubbish was piled up high against the fencing, and a big open field next to the centre was covered by solid waste which included used nappies and old food.

Situma said the illegal dumping affected the children.

“I’m worried that parents can take their children and send them to other crèches because of the conditions that we are living under,” said Situma.

She added that since the strike, people started dumping next to the centre and never stopped, even after the strike had ended.

“There are municipal trucks that are collecting rubbish every Thursday but only take wheelie bins, not refuse bags,” she said.

Situma says they sometimes request municipal workers to clean the rubbish when they work in the area.

Resident Mncedisi Benya shared Situma’s sentiment.

He said children were at risk of inhaling the bad smells and contracting diseases as a result of all the dumping.

“The community members must stop dumping rubbish because what they are doing is affecting the children. They are at risk of contagious diseases because they are playing everywhere,” said Benya.

When City Vision contacted local councillor Themba Honono to find out if is aware of the ongoing dumping, he questioned City Vision’s reason for calling and the motive of the owners.

“People did not vote for City Vision to be their councillor,” he said.

He continued: “They know my office. They know the procedures they’re supposed to follow. They should go to my office first to report the matter instead of running to City Vision. I am not aware of it and I am not going to attend it until they come to report it to my office.”

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