Safety at dump sites under spotlight

2017-05-17 06:00
Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani (right) inspects the Arlington waste disposal site with supervisor Phakamisa Dlula.

Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani (right) inspects the Arlington waste disposal site with supervisor Phakamisa Dlula.

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THE recent deaths of two persons and robberies at the Arlington waste disposal site has put the safety at such sites under the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s spotlight.

Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani, who is also the Member of Mayoral Committee: Public Health, said that strict measures would be put into place, which would include the South African Police Service and Metro Police to patrol the area regularly.

Bobani was speaking during a visit to the Arlington waste disposal site last Tuesday.

The visit follows the death of Amos Dywili, who was trampled by a heavy-duty truck, and the stabbing of Horan Omni at Arlington two weeks ago.

Arlington is a hive of activity which sees an estimated 500 vehicles daily and numerous informal workers who collect recyclable material for a service provider that is currently employed by the municipality.

“I want to assure residents and service providers that this is not a place where people will die. I came to inspect why people are robbed and that someone had to die. What I have observed at the site is that we have to increase the security here,” Bobani said.

He pointed out that the criminal incidents impacted negatively on the War on Waste campaign of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Directorate of Public Health.

“We don’t want to say we are cleaning the city, but when we encourage people to come and dump their refuse here (at Arlington), they are being robbed. So we will definitely increase the security to ensure that this is a place where people can come freely and dump their waste.”

Bobani reiterated that there would be no tolerance of people who dump their waste illegally. “This is a place where residents can legally dump their waste and where the waste will be recycled. They must not dump in the townships. We will fine them. They will receive fines of up to R1000,” Bobani warned.

He added that he had already engaged with the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Councillor John Best, about safety issues at this site and others across the city. “I am pleased to tell you that he has already made a commitment to beef up security and also to engage the SA Police Service to assist,” said Bobani.

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