Ward 88 residents decry stench

2018-01-18 06:00
Councillor Siphiwo Nqamnduku standing next to the pile of rubbish at Never-Never informal settlement in PhilippiPHOTO: Unathi Obose

Councillor Siphiwo Nqamnduku standing next to the pile of rubbish at Never-Never informal settlement in PhilippiPHOTO: Unathi Obose

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Philippi residents are up in arms, complaining and accusing the City of being incompetent, after it has failed to provide refuse collecting services in the area since December 2017.

The residents, who stay in Kosovo, Never-Never, Heinz Park, Phola Park and Marcus Garvey, which falls under Ward 88, said a new company was supposed to have started at the beginning of January 2018.

“We are living in a pigsty,” said one.

There whole area is a mess. We used to have cleaners here, but rubbish has not been collected from the containers and they are full,” said Nolukholo Mthwecu from Kosovo.

She added that they were in the dark regarding the termination of the contract of the previous cleaning company.

“We’d thought they (workers) were on holiday(all along).

“But we noticed that even this year they have not begun cleaning as the rubbish keeps on piling up in the container ... (As)You can see all the rubbish containers are full,” she said.

Mthwecu added that she was concerned of little kids.

“Our children’s lives are in danger because they playing on it(refuse pile). Some children have ringworms because of the garbage,” said Mthwecu.

The mother of two said she had to take her eight year old child to her brother in Samora Machel to protect her from the mess.

Lulama Nconkazi described the conditions in Kosovo as appalling. “The conditions are getting worse now. The whole area is stinking.

“And the only solution lies in the City building us proper houses. We (informal residents) are victims to the elements, from shack fires to floods. Now its rubbish.”

Ward 88 Councillor Siphiwo Nqamnduku acknowledged the mess and said all the six informal areas in his ward are experiencing the same problem.

He blamed the City for delaying the process of appointing a new cleaning company.

“The contract of the LAK cleaning company-which was working here last year-expired at the end of November 2017.

The new company was supposed to start on 1 January this year, but it didn’t,” he said.

“Our people’s lives are in danger of contagious diseases.

The City must provide service delivery. We can’t tolerate seeing our people living like pigs,” he said.

Nqamnduku took City Vision on a tour of Never-Never informal settlement and showed us some of the rubbish in the area.

“The City takes our people for granted. You can go to Kosovo, Heinz Park, Marcus Garvey informal settlements, Never-Never and Phola Park. All these areas are in my ward are the same,” he said.

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