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THANKS, Pikitup, for your response to disgruntled Joburgers who asked if they would have to pay for the waste removal service they have not received for the last three weeks, due to a strike. (You called it illegal – there ain’t no such thing – strikes are protected or unprotected, not shadowed by the criminality implicit in that term. You may not like it, but them’s the facts.)

Your statement makes it pretty clear where ratepayers stand: “…the refuse removal services fee is a monthly charge that is based on the value of property as per the promulgated City's Tariffs. The charge cannot be itemised or allocated to a bin, nor the number of lifts per bin, neither is it based on the quantity of the waste collected.”

In other words, we’re not paying for a service – we’re paying another sort of ‘tax’ on your property. Because as I read this, even if the service was not provided for a year, we would still be required to pay the fee, right?

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