EMLM starts clean­ing up along road lead­ing to Ez­i­be­leni

The Rep - - NEWS - AN­DISA BONANI

THE road lead­ing to Ez­i­be­leni seems to be much cleaner than it was two weeks ago.

The Rep re­cently told (“Lit­ter out­rage”, Oc­to­ber 6) about il­le­gal dump­ing along the road to Ez­i­be­leni which was turn­ing the area into a tip site.

Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s (EMLM) com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Gcobani Msind­wana con­firmed this week that 50 peo­ple from var­i­ous ar­eas who live close to the tip site, had been em­ployed, to min­imise trav­el­ling time.

“EMLM has an ex­tended public works pro­gramme that seeks to ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment and en­sure that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­liv­ers ser­vice to com­mu­ni­ties. Con­tract work­ers have started clean­ing the area while Tarkas­tad and Mlungisi are in the pipe­line as we are cur­rently re­cruit­ing. They will start work this month.”

Msind­wana said there was no con­trol at the site dur­ing the mu­nic­i­pal strike and no com­paction and cov­er­ing of waste had taken place. Com­mu­nity mem­bers started dump­ing waste out­side the site in­stead of go­ing in­side as ex­pected.

Ez­i­be­leni ward coun­cil­lor Du­misani Njozela said a call was be­ing made to res­i­dents who dumped refuse to stop do­ing so in or­der to en­sure a clean en­vi­ron­ment for all.

Msind­wana said – ex­cept for busi­nesses and ser­vice providers – the tip site was ac­ces­si­ble free to com­mu­nity mem­bers dis­pos­ing of house­hold refuse, build­ing rub­ble and gar­den refuse.

“Busi­nesses are re­quired to pur­chase a coupon from the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices in or­der to de­posit at the site. There are planned aware­ness pro­grammes linked to curb­ing il­le­gal dump­ing with sig­nage erected to cau­tion trans­gres­sors.”

He added that the va­cant waste man­age­ment of­fi­cer po­si­tion was lim­it­ing the num­ber of aware­ness cam­paigns which could be con­ducted about keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment clean.

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