District Mail

Can’t live a de­cent life with rub­bish around

- Jackie Viljoen, EMAIL South Africa News · Cape Town · Gregory Peck · De Beers

Could the City of Cape Town please send some­body out to have a look at the in­cred­i­ble mess out­side a house op­po­site De Velde in Som­er­set West?

The house is sit­u­ated on the road con­nect­ing Som­er­set Mall (De Beers Road) and Vic­to­ria Street. An old mat­tress, rub­bish of all sorts, what seems to be a bro­ken plas­tic chair and other rub­bish have just been dumped over the fence. One can­not think any­body would want to live like that!

It is no use try­ing to live a de­cent life with such rub­bish be­ing strewn around. Rats will have a lovely time there! And all of this just op­po­site the flats in De Velde.

Ward 15 coun­cil­lor Gre­gory Peck re­sponds: Il­le­gal dump­ing is a ma­jor prob­lem, espe­cially in an area where peo­ple don’t have the means to trans­port or hire trans­port to take rub­ble to the drop-off site in Gor­don’s Bay.

I reg­u­larly re­quest the Solid Waste De­part­ment to clean the area along Vic­to­ria Link Road next to the Geel­sloot. They are cur­rently only al­lowed about 30% of staff work­ing at any time due to Covid19 poli­cies, and Solid Waste teams through­out the metro have had many cases of Covid-19 in­fec­tions, as it is a haz­ardous job.

They are do­ing their best and will clean this area.

I met with of­fi­cials of the de­part­ment be­fore lock­down to re­quest an area in Louren­sia Park be al­lo­cated and have con­crete walls on three sides, so res­i­dents can dump waste there, and it can be col­lected once or twice a month. All the house­holds have wheelie bins for house­hold waste col­lected weekly, but the larger items and build­ing and gar­den rub­ble are the prob­lem.

Il­le­gal dump­ing oc­curs through­out the metro and costs the City over R350 mil­lion per year.

An ex­tract from the City’s website states: “Although we have a num­ber of waste man­age­ment strate­gies and ser­vices in place for deal­ing with all types of waste, we have a dump­ing prob­lem in Cape Town. It is one of the big­gest chal­lenges the City faces. It is ex­pen­sive, dam­ages our en­vi­ron­ment and is harm­ful to our­selves and our animals.”

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