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Ekurhuleni townships to get waste removal

2012-10-19 09:26

Johannesburg - Fifty-three informal settlements in the Ekurhuleni municipality will soon get door-to-door waste removal services, the metro's mayor said on Thursday.

"This measure will ensure a clean and friendly environment, but it's also a mechanism that will ensure communities living in informal settlements are absorbed into the mainstream economy," Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele said in a statement.

Until now the metro had been collecting refuse from central collection points at some informal settlements in the region.

Comments
  • Andrea - 2012-10-19 09:54

    Well we are getting there, one little bit of rubbish at a time. I am sure an increase in Rates & Taxes can be expected now?

      nit.wit.79 - 2012-10-19 09:57

      Yip, I'm sure the middle class will end up subsidizing this because there is no ways that people in informal settlements are going to fork out R50 to R100 per month for refuse removal.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 10:16

      The post office is going to install post boxes in front of each shack for the municipal invoices to be delivered. Then the residents will burn tyres and place rocks in the road because they dont like the colour of the post boxes.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-19 10:29

      Agree Andrea - it's good that it's happening, but again who is paying. As the Ekhuruleni budget circular said - there are currently 3 subsidised households for every 1 paying. And then those rates and taxes aren't even used as they should be!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 09:55

    How are they going to collect rates and taxes? Are we the rate payers going to pay more so those who dont pay can get services. If I know them they will just let the money allocated for systems upgrades be used for this and everything is going for a ball of you know what.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-19 10:01

    They want houses, Dammit !!

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-10-19 10:48

      It's a start and an immediate improvement to their current situation... Are you the type who just needs to criticize for the sake of it? Life must be very unfulfilling for you.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-19 11:15

      @ AlexMarshall. I have a great life. Indeed it is a start, but not a priority. I do not want to get into a pi$$ing contest with you, at least not here, we all have our own views and believe we may air them as such. So please don't play "Sheriff" and "Marshall" over others.

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-10-19 11:57

      It is a baby step, it will vastly improve their environment, not having to live amongst rubbish... Who can forget the pictures of those children playing in heaps of trash?. It is a quick and easy solution to improve their living conditions for the time being and a gesture to the people to show that they are being considered and steps are being taken. Rome wasn't built in a day. It is a positive step.

  • Werewabbit - 2012-10-19 10:14

    Folks, lets celebrate progress, rather than finding some cause to complain: this is good news for those communities.

      msophiasharp - 2012-10-19 10:55

      Progress, just another hand-out in answer to 'we demand'...

      vincent.harris.942 - 2012-10-19 11:29

      thanks warren. I live very close to one of these and it is DIRTY!! there are big bins, and i have to they do use it, but it only gets cleaned one or twice a month. from the people they do clean up, but at what point will it be collected, when the cars cant drive past anymore due to all the rubbish in the street? I'm glad it will be cleaned up now. maybe it will be as clean as cape town one of these days.

  • Ze Don - 2012-10-19 10:26

    I assume each and every dwelling will now be billed for refuse removal as well as the city cleaning fee?

      msophiasharp - 2012-10-19 10:56

      Aikona, in your dreams maybe!! LOL

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-19 10:28

    so what Mr. Mayor, do you want a cookie for that?

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 10:53

      Its Mrs Mayor and its a kick in the cookie

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-19 10:53

    And then the waste removal guys will go on strike to get a 22% increase from the township guys who will protest because their waste isn't being removed from a nice new free house.

  • msophiasharp - 2012-10-19 10:54

    Shame, what about the poor rats! Lekker to enjoy the priviliges without having to pay for it. Maybe should sell where I am living and gooi a shack in one of the informal settlements as well and act as if I am blind to go and beg at one of the intersections on Beyers Naude Drive...

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 11:06

      No need to pretend to be blind. Make a sign. ILLEGAL ZIMBO NEED ONLY R10 TO BUY TICKET TO HARARE You will collect a fortune.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-19 11:46

      @msophiasharp. Maybe do that, I am sure it will give you a new perspective. Most people there would be willing to swap lives for a while Lets maybe have a bit of compassion for people who are not freeloaders and simply want the best for them and their kids.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-19 10:58

    Wow, great to see some of my rates and taxes being used to uplift the living standards of my fellow South Africans and not simply being used to line the pockets of the officials... Respect! A great start, I drive past 3 settlements and it is nothing short of an absolute disgrace. And really niffy... Next we need another "Zap it in the Zibby" type campaign to teach people how to look after their own surroundings

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-19 11:06

      Zap them in a Zibby

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-19 12:22

      Agreed. I would rather see my Tax money spent in this way than for Zumas bloody residence. But I can also understand some Whites being a little upset with this, after all, why must we subsidise people who for the most part hate our guts because we're White, believing through indoctrination that everything wrong in their lives is our fault. But OK - I still say better to have this improvement than not to have it.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-19 11:02

    Zuma is a thief

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-19 11:18

    Only now? This should have been in place years ago?!?!?!

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-19 11:39

    Is this another pre election curved ball?

  • peter.hampshire.35 - 2012-10-19 13:37

    Yet another excuse to rob the White Man

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