Refuse container a stumble in the block

2018-02-01 06:00
A ship container for rubbish at Bangiso Drive in Site B.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

A ship container for rubbish at Bangiso Drive in Site B.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Site B motorists and residents are up in arms over a steel container- intended for refuse, that was allegedly placed smack bang in the road by City workers.

It is on Bangiso Drive, and residents said it is an eyesore and is obstructing road traffic.

Lwando Tshethsa, a fuming motorist, said: “It is strange that City put the container on the road. It is obstructing us and is causing unnecessary traffic jams.

We have to wait each other because we are using one lane,”.

He said the City must find an alternative place to place the container.

“There are many places that the City can use to put it on. I believe there are open spaces inside VT Section.

Ward 91 Councillor Thando Mpengezi has confirmed to City Vision that he is aware of the container, but denied that it is placed on the road.

“I know the container that you talking about, but what I don’t understand is when you saying is on the road. That container is on the road side not in the middle of the road,” he said.

He revealed that there are many other ship containers in the same position.

“That container has been years in that place, even before I became a councillor.

I was still in Ward 90. There is another container on Ntandazo Drive which is also put on the side of the road,” said Mpengezi.

However, he said the container may be on the road because of lack of adequate space to put it.

“If it were to be removed, the could be problems for the people for whom it was placed for.

“Some people living nearby the container were unhappy about it, citing its smell when it is full and that the litter worm wiggled their way into their houses when it is hot,”.

Mpengezi said the container could be moved anywhere, if the y can find space.

Resident Cynthia Benela,32, said the container has been on the road for more than a year.

“Initially, we thought the City had put it there as a temporary measure and would remove it later, but now, it has become a permanent feature of that road.

Benela stated that, however, the container is always kept clean because there are people hired to clean it.

“The problem is when it is full and it becomes infested or packed with worms.”

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