Delays in refuse collection
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.”
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