Cleanup on delay

2017-01-24 06:01


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An extensive cleanup has been carried out in Masi­phu­melele to remove refuse and waste on the streets.

This followed a delay in the renewal of a contract to remove refuse, explains subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

The former contract expired in December, says Purchase, with the City of Cape Town undertaking to provide waste removal services until a new contractor had been appointed.

However, “disgruntled contract workers” dumped rubbish “immediately after refuse collections”, Purchase says.

The City had to organise a major cleanup with street sweeping and sanitising, she says.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services and energy, says the tender for cleaning and refuse removal in Masiphumelele and various other suburbs expired at the end of the year. A new tender has been awarded and the new contractors will start on Wednesday 1 February.

“In the interim and as a contingency intervention, the City’s solid waste management department has enlisted the services of the depots responsible for area cleaning to assist in covering these areas that were previously serviced by the contractors whose term has come to an end. The City currently has a team of workers and mechanical sweepers working in Masiphumelele,” she says.

The appointment of a new contractor to remove household refuse in the South Peninsula last year also faced delays due to “unforeseen circumstances” (“Plan B for refuse removal”, People’s Post, 5 July 2016).

This required the City to provide removal services for two months.

The contract included the area from Muizenberg, south along the coast to Simon’s Town and west over the mountain to Kommetjie and Scarborough as well as Ocean View and Noordhoek.

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