Oh rub­bish, says e­ver­yo­ne… …and the g­ar­ba­ge just keeps he­a­ping up

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Ya­seen Gaf­far

He­aps of rub­bish now clog­ging draina­ge pi­pes is a he­alth con­cern at the a­rea in Nek­kies kno­wn as San­lam Mall on the out­skirts of Knys­na, w­he­re a stale­ma­te seems to ha­ve been re­a­ched be­t­ween shop o­w­ners at the cen­t­re and the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

Three mont­hs ago, Nek­kies S­ports Bar ma­na­ger Fran­cois Jan­sen com­plai­ned that “no­nex­is­tent re­fu­se col­lecti­on ser­vi­ces” re­sul­ted in an un­sig­ht­ly and po­ten­ti­al­ly un­he­althy si­tu­a­ti­on at the cen­t­re. He said the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty hi­red a con­trac­tor who u­su­al­ly cle­a­ned the a­rea on­ce a week, but that t­his per­son was dis­mis­sed.

Fol­lo­wing the com­plaints, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty in­stal­led w­heelie bins in the vi­ci­ni­ty, con­ducted a cle­a­nup and sta­ted that shop o­w­ners ha­ve been in­for­med that t­hey are re­spon­si­ble for cle­a­ning the a­rea.

‘T­hey on­ly emp­ty the skip’

“I am yet to re­cei­ve any com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in t­his re­gard from the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty,” Jan­sen told KPH last week. “I pho­ne the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty e­very week to co­me cle­an t­his pla­ce. T­hey on­ly co­me emp­ty the skip, and just le­a­ve the rest of the rub­bish to rot he­re.”

Jan­sen said the San­lam Mall par­king a­rea al­so ser­ves as an in­for­mal taxi rank, and ma­ny of the cu­s­to­mers are al­so re­spon­si­ble for the lit­ter.

“How can shop o­w­ners ta­ke full re­spon­si­bi­li­ty? It’s not all our rub­bish. We need a long-term so­lu­ti­on.”

He ad­ded that the dust­bins in­stal­led by the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ha­ve sin­ce been sto­len, and the po­les left be­hind we­re u­sed to ma­ke a fire du­ring re­cent pro­tes­ts on the N2.

Re­spon­ding to que­ries, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty rei­te­ra­ted that the le­a­se agreement be­t­ween it and the Ma­sak­ha­ne Bu­si­ness Cor­po­ra­ti­on sta­tes that the pro­per­ty o­w­ners are re­spon­si­ble for cle­a­ning the a­rea.

‘T­wi­ce-a-week cle­a­ning’

“A cle­a­nup cam­paign and b­litz in part­ners­hip with Gar­den Rou­te DM: mu­ni­ci­pal he­alth secti­on was com­men­ced in Sep­tem­ber 2018. Ca­su­al wor­kers we­re ap­poin­ted in Oc­to­ber to cle­an the San­lam a­rea es­pe­ci­al­ly a­round the high-mast lig­ht, w­he­re the big­ge­st pro­blem occurs.

“The so­lid was­te de­part­ment is cur­rent­ly cle­a­ning for two days a week a­round that spe­ci­fic hots­pot,” sta­ted the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, ad­ding, “An e­du­ca­ti­o­nal cam­paign was do­ne u­sing so­ci­al me­dia and pamphlets with in­for­ma­ti­on of con­tact num­bers to re­port il­le­gal dum­ping and or lit­te­ring.”

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty agreed that a hu­ge con­tri­bu­tor to­wards the lit­ter is the in­for­mal taxi rank as well as the cro­wds gat­her­ing o­ver wee­kends, but did not s­ta­te w­hat would be do­ne to al­le­vi­a­te the si­tu­a­ti­on.

“Bins can be re­pla­ced, ho­we­ver, the shop o­w­ners should al­so ta­ke re­spon­si­bi­li­ty and not on­ly le­a­ve e­ver­y­thing to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

Two bulk bins (770l) we­re pro­vi­ded to shop o­w­ners,” it con­clu­ded.

P­ho­to: Ya­seen Gaf­far

W­hat a mess... Nek­kies S­ports Bar ma­na­ger Fran­cois Jan­sen at the he­aps of g­ar­ba­ge that re­mains un­col­lected at the a­rea kno­wn as San­lam Mall.

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