Railway station gets clean

2020-03-17 06:01
Prasa and residents recently worked together during a cleaning campaign in Simon’s Town.

Prasa and residents recently worked together during a cleaning campaign in Simon’s Town.

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Prasa has confirmed that a new cleaning contractor has been appointed at Wittebome railway station and that they are busy on site.

Prasa contracted the cleaning services to a company for six months and the contract came to an end on Saturday 29 February.

Riana Scott, spokesperson for Prasa, says, when that contract came to an end, Prasa had not finalised the appointment of the new service provider.

“Therefore, in the interim, we continued to monitor the levels of station cleanliness in this period. Where urgency (is identified), our internal cleaning staff attends to such to remedy the situation and to keep our commuters in a hygienic situation.”

People’s Post investigated after receiving an email from a reader on the state of the subway at Wittebome railway station.

“I believe the cleaning contract which Prasa used has come to an end about a week ago and no one can tell me when new cleaning contractors will be tendered or used. The Wittebome station subway, like other Prasa subways I suppose, are now filthy and stinking for a week, even into the foyer where train tickets are being sold,” the message read.

Scott says a large number of Prasa’s stations have cleaning contracts in place, however, she says only a few stations were affected by the change in cleaning contractor.

She says illegal dumping remains a huge problem within Prasa’s space and adjacent spaces. “Prasa, working together with the communities, has on-going cleaning campaigns around the stations and railway line,” Scott says.

V Residents, commuters or any stakeholder can report any form of fault or illegal dumping to 021 449 4255, 021 449 4266. Alternatively, an email can be written to facilitieshelpdesk@metrorail.co.za.

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