‘Our homes are not a dumpsite’ – residents

2019-04-17 06:01
Residents in Fountain View are concerned about illegal dumping outside their homes. photo: andile sithole

Residents in Fountain View are concerned about illegal dumping outside their homes. photo: andile sithole

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RESIDENTS in Fountain View appealed to local authorities to assist them in stopping people from dumping refuse in front of their homes along the Old Dundee Road.

For the past six months, residents say they have had to contend with the unbearable sight and smell of illegally dumped refuse as unknown locals have turned the area into a dumping site.

In a recent incident, a goat carcass was dumped in a trench on the Old Dundee Road just a few metres away from people’s homes.

Rubble, clothing, animal carcasses and other household waste can be seen lying around in the area.

Resident Ashika Rubieparsad said: “Skhumbuzo Dlamini from Umvoti Municipality got a TLB to dig a trench to prevent cars from using the old Dundee Road as a short cut and to stop people dumping. However, illegal dumping is continuing.

“This is our place. With the dumping in front of our houses, it starts to stink and it’s untidy. “Unknown residents from this community [have been] dumping in this road for the past six months. A white bakkie was spotted dumping. This is not a place of dumping. Our homes are not a dumpsite.”

Another resident who is in the forefront in the fight against illegal dumping is Divikar Garrib.

Garrib has, on numerous occasions, confronted illegal dumpers who were dumping refuse in front of his home.

“They [illegal dumpers] want to fight with me when I confront them. This place was always clean, but the continuous illegal dumping has turned it into an eyesore.

“There is a dumpsite near Dundee Road where people should be dumping, and not in front of our homes.

“People should not dump anywhere. We should keep the town clean,” Garrib said.

Ward 9 councillor Wilson Khoza warned residents to refrain from illegal dumping.

“In most cases illegal dumping is caused by locals. The Old Dundee Road is closed, but people continue dumping. This causes a health hazard for the locals.

“We urge people dumping in the Fountain View area to refrain from dumping,” Khoza said.

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