It’s no-one’s business

2015-11-24 06:00

Dumping in the New Horizons housing development has residents calling for ‘no dumping’ signage in the area.

According to these residents they are concerned about their health and the look of the area due to transgressors disposing of their unwanted goods in a public open space.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said the corner of Old Strandfontein and Penguin roads has been a cause for great concern over the past few months, describing these acts as “lawless behaviour by neighbours and residents”.

“I recently caught nearby neighbours using children to dump unwanted building rubbish and waste material. When my mom approached the family at their house, they indicated that the land they were dumping it on was government property and not ours, indicating that they can do what they want on it,” she says. Furthermore she adds she sees no end in sight despite trying to get residents not to dump in the area.

“The dumping is an ugly site and it brings the perception of this new community down. The site where dumping takes place looks terrible and is becoming even worse with all sorts of waste being disposed of there,” the resident says, adding that people living in the surrounds of the site are exposed to a serious health hazard.

“People are not even using their bins. I have seen residents disposing of oil and old food at the site. Something serious must be done about this disgusting behaviour of certain people in this particular road and community,” she stresses.

“Most of the people in this new community come from being backyard dwellers or living on other people’s properties. Now that they have the privilege of receiving their own house, they should have the pride and appreciation of it. And they should respect the people who live among them too.”

After reporting the issue to their community liaison officer, she says she has requested that council erect a ‘no dumping’ sign to prevent further dumping.
The mayoral committee member for health, Siyabulela Mamkeli, says these issues – including illegal dumping and dump waste removal – should be reported to the City of Cape Town’s technical operations centre or the local ward councillor.
Asked what residents should do if they want signage in the area to discourage dumping, Mamkeli has advised residents to approach their local ward councillor.
“The City’s environmental health department will investigate the complaint and contact the owner to take the necessary remedial action if necessary. The department of environmental health will then conduct a follow-up inspection at a later date to ensure compliance. Residents are also encouraged to report illegal dumping should they witness such incidents and, if a vehicle is involved, to record as many details of the vehicle and the offenders as possible,” Mamkeli adds.
Mayoral committee member for human settlements, JP Smith, says cleaning and general maintenance in the area “depends on which piece of land is used for dumping”.

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