Nd­lambe’s new hon­ey­suck­ers to help ser­vice de­liv­ery

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With the aim of be­ing proac­tive for the fes­tive sea­son, Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has added two new vac­uum tanker trucks (hon­ey­suck­ers) to its fleet to be able to re­spond more quickly to sep­tic tank call­outs that have been a mat­ter of con­cern for some ar­eas.

Stat­ing the pur­pose be­hind pur­chas­ing two new trucks, Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity fleet man­ager Wayne Collins said: “There is a high de­mand for them. We al­ready have five old ones, but we are try­ing to re­place them.”

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesman Ce­cil Mbolekwa said the con­di­tion of the old trucks had af­fected the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s ef­fec­tive­ness in per­form­ing its du­ties.

Half the homes in Port Al­fred are not on the main line for wa­ter­borne sewage, and de­pend in­stead on sep­tic tanks and French drains. The same is true for other parts of Nd­lambe.

“With busi­nesses and [the num­ber of] peo­ple ex­pand­ing, espe­cial dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, there is a high de­mand for sewage pump-out,” Mbolekwa said

In past years, res­i­dents and busi­nesses have had prob­lems with sep­tic tanks over­flow­ing as one or more of the mu­nic­i­pal hon­ey­suck­ers fre­quently broke down and needed to go to the work­shop for re­pairs, while the re­main­ing hon­ey­suck­ers could not cope with the work­load and could not re­spond in time to call­outs.

“Re­mem­ber, when these trucks come back our driv­ers drive them fast try­ing to catch up with the work,” he said, ex­plain­ing that this added wear and tear to the ve­hi­cles.

Mbolekwa said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pur­chas­ing more vac­uum tankers was part of de­liv­er­ing on their prom­ises.

“These are the re­sults of of­fi­cials’ ef­forts to­gether with coun­cil­lors when we ask for cap­i­tal bud­get. This is part of

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