THE Central Special Ratings Area (SRA), in partnership with the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), is encouraging all Central residents to seize control of the infesting waste management problem in the vicinity.
Resources have been dedicated to establishing an effective waste management system, which include a devoted team of law enforcing marshals, two electric tuk-tuks, and an inclusive education drive that will persuade Central residents, landlords and businesses to put rubbish where it belongs.
The MBDA recently handed over the solar panel augmentation tuk-tuks to the SRA on a multi-year contract basis.
This is part of the agency’s contribution that will efficiently patrol the streets of Central to assist against illegal dumping, emphasising on municipal collection times, enforcing by-laws and necessary waste management hygienic practices.
Through the dedicated team of marshals, the MBDA and SRA team will partner with, inform, and empower various Central residents, business owners, block owners and body corporates about dedicated waste disposal areas and municipal refuse collection days and times, on Mondays or Thursdays.
According to MBDA communications specialist, Bulali Dyakopu, the agency has made great strides in supporting area-based management initiatives such as facilitating the establishment of the Central SRA.
“This initiative aligns with the agency’s mandate of ensuring basic municipal service delivery, waste management and urban renewal, as well as safety and security,” Dyakopu said.
“The Central SRA is crucial in preventing the deterioration of the neighbourhood and to expand the provision of basic services provided by the local municipality.
“Part of the Central SRA services includes a waste management system, which will install bins in strategic locations throughout the Central area, including ad hoc employment of street sweepers.
“Adhering to the necessary waste management practices will lead to cleaner streets, encouragement of tenants to rent and a decrease in vagrants scattering unattended refuse bags,” Dyakopu said.
Residents are thus encouraged to dispose of their rubbish on the correct day in the correct place. Flats and businesses are advised to designate a proper waste area with appropriate bins in their complexes and enter into commercial waste management contracts with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
The Central waste management rehabilitation initiative will be made possible through a collaborative approach and active citizenry. Other stakeholders involved in making this possible include the litter prevention and environmental movement, Shetland Amenity Trust.
For residents who would like to help put rubbish in its place and make Central a better place for all,house residents and house landlords are expected to put out their rubbish on Mondays, and flat residents, landlords, informal and formal businesses must follow suit on Thursdays at 08:00.