Breakdown chal­lenges

De­lays in refuse col­lec­tion

The Rep - - NEWS - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

ASHORTAGE of ve­hi­cles is re­sult­ing in prob­lems with refuse col­lec­tion in the Queen­stown area.

Re­cently, Mlungisi res­i­dents waited two weeks with­out refuse be­ing col­lected while sim­i­lar de­lays in col­lec­tion were re­ported from var­i­ous res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Queen­stown and in Ez­i­be­leni.

Mlungisi res­i­dent Nomda Shenx­ane said af­ter notic­ing the re­cur­ring prob­lem she called Lukhanji ex­ec­u­tive mayor Nozi Makanda. “She re- ferred me to a per­son whom she said was re­spon­si­ble for the depart­ment. I waited but noth­ing hap­pened.”

Shenx­ane said she then called Makanda again and said she would be tak­ing the is­sue to the me­dia.

“I heard the truck min­utes af­ter the phone call. I do not un­der­stand the gov­ern­ment. Why do we need to threaten them in or­der for them to do what we pay for?”

Shenx­ane said in her con­ver­sa­tion with the mayor, she was told there were not enough trucks.

Lukhanji spokesman Fundile Feket- shane said the refuse col­lec­tion port­fo­lio was fac­ing chal­lenges and the lo­cal author­ity apol­o­gised to the com­mu­nity.

“We are duty bound to en­sure there is a clean en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple live in par­tic­u­lar are safe and live in a hab­it­able en­vi­ron­ment (sic). Over the past days we have wit­nessed se­ri­ous me­chan­i­cal break­downs of our col­lec­tion trucks and we are try­ing to en­sure that they are up and run­ning.”

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity was busy with col­lec­tions.

“We are also ex­plor­ing the hir­ing of fur­ther trucks for refuse col­lec­tion.”

Pro­cure­ment pro­cesses for ac­quir­ing an­other fleet of trucks were un­der­way and should be com­pleted soon.

He ap­pealed to com­mu­ni­ties not to dump refuse but to put their lit­ter in “safe ar­eas” for col­lec­tion.

“Again we call for calm as we un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion that com­mu­ni­ties are go­ing through.”

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

DIRTY: Un­col­lected refuse piles up in Mlungisi

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