Call to address illegal dumping
ALVIN Krishna, safety officer at Bradcor Electrical Engineering, in Jacobs, wrote: As a worker and resident in Jacobs and Wentworth area, I would appreciate it if you could address this matter urgently. Yet again, after many calls to the municipality to clean the area, with no response, my only option is to contact you.
This area is a dump site that can lead to rats and diseases and is a bad image for the company that I work for. Our clients visit us regularly and seeing this dump area at the entrance of Chelmer Road is disgusting.
There are also people burning rubber and other material.
If it is possible, please can you erect “no illegal dumping” signage after the removal of all debris?
We have erected signage regarding no illegal dumping which was removed by the illegal dumping culprits.
The two-way road is slowly becoming a one-way road caused by the accumulated debris on the roadside.
We are tired of this matter and our health is at risk. So, too, is the safety of the business because of theft, which we have experienced several times.
City spokesperson Mandla Nsele responded: The City was not aware of the matter. This will be investigated, and the transgressors will be served with contravention notices.
Residents have no excuse for dumping illegally. The City also has several illegal dumping prevention strategies that have been put in place.
Police patrols are sensitised to take action when members of the public are found to be dumping. Fines of R5000 have been issued to offenders.
There are recycling centres throughout the metro and at shopping centres. There is no reason for so much recyclable waste to end up on our streets.
The City has implemented nine new by-laws that are aimed at dealing with various offences. Among these by-laws is the Nuisances and Behaviour in Public Places by-law, under which littering is prohibited. Enforcement is already under way and police have begun taking a tough stance against offenders. Metro police have written summonses and issued fines to those who contravene the by-laws.
We urge residents to continue reporting illegal dumping to 031 311 8804 and ensuring their neighbourhood is kept clean by taking care of the environment.