Illegal dumping ‘a huge issue’ in Mfuleni

The pile of rubble on the corner of Lerato Ponoane and O Nqubelani Road in Mfuleni.                       PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE
The pile of rubble on the corner of Lerato Ponoane and O Nqubelani Road in Mfuleni. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Mfuleni residents are appealing to the City of Cape Town to remove the unsightly rubble piled up near their homes.

The residents claim it has been there for more than three months, with the rubble still not being collected.

Nosizwe Marau described the piece of land, on the corner of Lerato Ponoane Street and O Nqubelani Road, as a dumping site. “Everyone who is renovating his or her home dumps the rubble here. At night the rodents come into our houses,” Marau said, who lives nearby.

Marau said she wished the City could fence off the area so that people would not be able to discard their rubble there.

She added she is concerned about the children who play there. “There are pieces of broken glass everywhere while some people dump their dog and cat carcasses there, which is a major health concern.”

Ward 114 councillor Themba Honono described illegal dumping as one of the main challenges in Mfuleni. He said municipal employees often clean up waste only to have residents dump on it again. “This is happening every day and we inform the people about it but they continue dumping,” said Honono.

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