Bay steps up a gear in anti-waste cam­paign

Con­fis­ca­tion of ve­hi­cles and fines part of new phase in war on lit­ter

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Sibulele Mboyi mboyis@ti­soblack­star.co.za

NEL­SON Man­dela Bay’s “ghost squad” will tar­get il­le­gal dump­sites to catch the crooks in the act – with ve­hi­cles con­fis­cated from re­peat of­fend­ers. This was an­nounced by mayor Athol Trol­lip yes­ter­day at the launch of the sec­ond phase of the war on waste pro­gramme at Sanc­tor Pri­mary School in Bethels­dorp.

“Our in­ten­tion is clear. We want to en­sure that ev­ery nook and cranny of this beau­ti­ful city is cleaned and con­sis­tently main­tained,” he said.

A “ghost squad” ve­hi­cle will fre­quently mon­i­tor the iden­ti­fied il­le­gal dump­ing hotspots.

Any­one caught dump­ing will be fined R2 000.

If the of­fender was caught a sec­ond time, the ve­hi­cle would be con­fis­cated, Trol­lip said.

The “ghost squad” is made up of un­marked, fully equipped metro po­lice ve­hi­cles.

Trol­lip, who is also act­ing port­fo­lio head for pub­lic health, shared his plan on how the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would ac­cel­er­ate a clean-up across the city and im­prove the im­ple­men­ta­tion of sys­tems.

He also un­veiled two refuse trucks, val­ued at R3-mil­lion each, to add to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fleet.

“The fight against il­le­gal dump­ing will also be in­ten­si­fied. We warn ev­ery res­i­dent and busi­ness per­son that we will come down hard on ev­ery­one found guilty of this filthy habit,” he said.

Phase two would fo­cus on il­le­gal dump­ing and a wheelie-bin sur­vey.

“This will be con­ducted to de­cide whether the city needs to buy more or ser­vice the ex­ist­ing ones,” he said.

He urged res­i­dents to re­port dump­ing in­ci­dents to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

A field next to Sanc­tor Pri­mary was iden­ti­fied as one of the il­le­gal dump­ing hotspots in Nel­son Man­dela Bay.

“Our city is among the most beau­ti­ful in the world, but the amount of lit­ter that rid­dles the city makes it very hard to see its beauty,” Trol­lip said.

He said he had asked ward coun­cil­lors to sub­mit the names of can­di­dates for the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme. This would en­sure there were no ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Un­der the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of for­mer deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani, the project was meant to ac­cel­er­ate the clean­ing up of the city’s streets with a spe­cial fo­cus on il­le­gal dump­ing sites.

But Bobani was ac­cused of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the hir­ing of lit­ter pick­ers, which saw the EPWP dis­tance it­self from the re­cruit­ment process.

The mat­ter is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the mu­nic­i­pal pub­lic ac­counts com­mit­tee, while a draft re­port by Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers de­tails ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the em­ploy­ing of lit­ter pick­ers.

To re­port il­le­gal dump­ing, con­tact (041) 506-2833 or 0800-205-050.

Pic­ture: BRIAN WIT­BOOI

CLEAN-UP: Mayor Athol Trol­lip at Sanc­tor Pri­mary School with one of the metro’s new refuse trucks

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