City dump­ing waste il­le­gally, say irate Hout Bay res­i­dents

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SOYISO MALITI

HOUT Bay res­i­dents have ac­cused the city of dump­ing waste il­le­gally in Vic­to­ria Road, while claim­ing it pays as much as R200 mil­lion an­nu­ally to clean up refuse.

Hout Bay Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Len Swim­mer ac­cused the city of “bla­tantly ig­nor­ing our calls for the re­moval of its dump”.

“Why they haven’t re­moved their dump, and why they did it in the first place, is be­yond ex­pla­na­tion. They’re the city af­ter all, and should have led by ex­am­ple,” he charged.

Ac­cord­ing to Swim­mer, the dump is be­tween a wet­land and a river, and is there­fore il­le­gal.

“We’ve com­plained about it sev­eral times, and af­ter be­ing ig­nored af­ter many pleas, we de­cided to take it up with (the provin­cial) govern­ment.”

The provin­cial govern­ment has for­mally in­formed the as­so­ci­a­tion that the city would be fined.

“Al­though we be­lieve the prov­ince has acted promptly, the city just sat back and did noth­ing. They’ve been is­sued with three warn­ings and a direc­tive, which they have ig­nored,” Swim­mer said.

How­ever, Gert Bam, the city’s di­rec­tor of sports, said the res­i­dents were to blame.

“The city is not dump­ing in this area. The area was mis­tak­enly used as a stock­pil­ing area for waste gen­er­ated from road works,” he said, adding that this was halted at the end of April. A “No Dump­ing” sign was then erected there.

“A re­quest was cir­cu­lated among city line func­tions for the ces­sa­tion of the ac­tiv­ity in the last week of April. Any sub­se­quent dump­ing was done by pri­vate cit­i­zens,” Bam charged.

He added that the dumped ma­te­rial was be­ing cleared and the city was in the process of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the area.

This was in co- op­er­a­tion with the provin­cial gov­ern-

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED.

DAY­LIGHT ROB­BERY: A thief is caught on cam­era steal­ing parts of a Log­ica Ware­house ve­hi­cle last week Sun­day.

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