Dumping headache in Newfields

2015-11-10 06:00

Uncut and overgrown grass on verges and pavements in Newfields Village has become a headache for residents.

Added to this, dumping in the area is also getting worse and residents say they want roleplayers to jump in before it gets out of hand.

Resident Shaheed Salie says he has tried for close on two months to have the area cleared but communication to the City of Cape Town has proven fruitless.

“I have contacted them for about a month and a half but to date nothing has been done. Our area looks unkempt because nobody cleans here,” he says.

Salie says he has tried to find out who is responsible for cleaning in the area but to date has not received an answer.

“When you see the council workers here during the week for clean-ups, they clean up in Surran Road but do not come into the village. I asked why this was the case and they told me the contractor was responsible for it,” Salie says.

He has forwarded his concerns to a few community workers as well as the ward councillor but no help has been received.

Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services, confirms the City’s cleansing department is responsible for cleaning the area.

“The streets are cleaned by the City’s cleansing section and the open spaces are cleaned by either the cleansing section or City parks (depending on the land’s usage),” he says.

Salie adds he called the City’s call centre to report the incident and received a reference number, but Sonnenberg says he can’t find this number on the system.

Sonnenberg has urged residents to report illegal dumping by emailing the City.

“In order for residents to see a sustained improvement in their area, they need to appeal to those community members who litter and dump waste illegally to stop doing so. Not only does this behaviour pose a threat to public health and general hygiene and attractiveness of one’s neighbourhood, it is a contravention of the City’s waste management by-law, and perpetrators are liable to face costly fines,” Sonnenberg explains.

The City spends more than R300m annually in its efforts to tackle the problem of illegal dumping in Cape Town.

To report illegal dumping email the City of Cape Town on wastewise.user@capetown.gov.za.

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