Filthy Northern suburbs: update

IN last week’s edition the PE Express published an article about the shocking state the Northern suburbs is in with regard to illegal dumping and the general filth all around.

The municipality could not provide comment at the time of going to print but has since issued the following statement.

According to Mayoral Spokesperson Sibongile Dimbaza, the services provided to all areas of the NMBM are the same. “The area mentioned in the article is cleared according to the depot cleaning schedule which is a cycle of once in three months, but during the festive season the area was attended intensively.

“Illegal dumping of builders rubble by contractors is a problem throughout the NMBM areas; measures have been taken by the Sub-Directorate to try and alleviate the problem,” Dimbaza explained. “The implementation of the weekly frequency has not improved the rate of illegal dumping. The residents are still dumping the refuse as per usual and the retrieval rate of refuse collection has proven the above.”
The following SMS comments were received from readers:

I just read your article ‘Filthy northern areas’. My sister and I recently travelled from JHB to PE on the Shosholoza train, where we saw a black rubbish bag be thrown out of the train which landed on an enormous amount of rubbish next to the rails, spread over a few kms - there was no settlement in view! Poor show! - Margriet

I was shocked but not surprised to see how our city is being turned into a massive dump. Our Metro is trying hard to return our city around but they need everyone’s co-operation and that includes the people living in the northern areas. There are some suggestions: 1) Start with the young ones in school, educating them on the dangers of littering, where rats mice and snakes can take over their homes and make them ill. 2) How about an Incentive Programme where trophies are awarded for excellent work in keeping their area clean and tidy. 3) Install sorting bins in various places and teach them what the bins are for. 4) This could also be a source of income for some of themselves (authorised by the Metro) to take glass, plastic, cardboard, etc. to the various depots, for a remuneration. I hope these ideas will help against the littering. - J. van Eeden

The same is happening in Stanford Rd and Durban Rd in Korsten. - Anonymous

Maybe I should suggest the following: we have people who are voluntary cleaners therefore mayor can utilise these people for monitoring this mess. I hope my thought will be considered. - Resident from Motherwell NU 6

PE needs an anti-litter campaign! Building rubble is a huge problem everywhere. It’s dumped behind every bush.

Ek myself is iemand wat papiere optel en dis ’n skande hoe mense hul vullis kom dump terwyl ons werk. As jy iets sê word dit vir jou gesê dis nie jou jaart nie. Ek het ’n paar adresse wat ek opgetel het maar weet nie vir wie om dit te gee nie. Laat weet my net waar ek dit moet ingee. Dankie

The whole Port Elizabeth is a rubbish dump not just Bethelsdorp! - Dalene Beer, Young Park

Rubbish and rubble is everywhere in the townships. Plastic bags should be bought back. A kilo of old plastic bags at a nominal fee say R5 will create earnings and clear the environment in no time!
The supervisors must come out from their offices and do the follow up after the sweeping of all the streets PE is filthy. Look at Commercial Road. When the Logos Hope ship was in PE I took a team to an outreach programme in Bethelsdorp. There were 2 from the USA, 1 from France and from Zimbabwe. I was so ashamed of the filth! Dumping and littering must be punished severely.- Cathy Stewart In Booysen Park up Montaque Rd at the bend on the left next to the boundary the open space is a dumping place which is not cleaned and is a health hazard in a very big way and need the municipality’s attention ASAP please.
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