City has plans to fix prob­lems at dump

The Witness - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA NTULI • [email protected]­ness.co.za

MSUN­DUZI­ has­ ac­knowl­edged­ thatNew­Eng­land­Road­dump­is­gen­er­ally­ina­poor­state­and­re­quires­ur­gent­ac­tion.

Last­week­The Wit­ness­re­ported­thatthe­dump­was­over­whelmed­with­rub­bish­due­to­bad­man­age­ment­and­bro­ken­ma­chin­ery.

The­site­ac­cepts­an­av­er­age­of­12­000tonnes­of­waste­a­month.

Adding­to­the­load­is­the­fact­that­the­dump­is­also­be­ing­used­by­neigh­bour­ing­mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,­in­clud­ing­uMsh­wati­andMooi-Mpo­fana,­which­do­not­have­theirown.

Mu­nic­i­pal­ spokesper­son­ Nto­bekoNg­cobo­said­the­site­was­poorly­run­dueto­var­i­ous­re­source­chal­lenges­and­heavyrains.

There­ are­ re­cur­ring­ al­le­ga­tions­ that­ some­of­the­ma­chin­ery­on­the­site­has­not­worked­for­months.

Ng­cobo­said­there­was­a­main­te­nan­ce­plan­ for­ the­ equip­ment,­ in­clud­ing­ theBo­mag­waste­com­pactor.

“The­ Bo­mag­ re­pair­ is­ costed­ atR1,2­mil­lion­ and­ fund­ing­ is­ be­ing­ sourced,”­ she­ said.

She­said­the­City­has­hired­a­bull­doz­erto­as­sist­while­the­com­pactor­awaits­re­pairs.

The­work­ers­at­the­site­said­that­therewere­ not­ enough­ trucks­ based­ at­ the­dump­to­move­rub­bish­that­is­pil­ing­upa­long­the­routes­within­the­site.

How­ever,­Ng­cobo­said­there­are­twotrucks,­ which­ is­ suf­fi­cient

Com­ment­ing­on­Msun­duzi’s­plan­to­build­an­in­te­grated­waste­plant­to­re­lievethe­load­on­the­site­by­con­vert­ing­non­re­cy­clablesto­ en­ergy,­ Ng­cobo­ said­ the­p­ro­ject­was­in­progress­and­an­ad­vert­willbe­pub­lished­to­in­vite­pub­lic­com­ments.

On­the­many­peo­ple­cur­rently­con­duct­in­gre­cy­cling­ busi­ness­ at­ the­ site,she­said:­“It­is­not­le­gal,­we­are­do­ingthe­best­we­can­to­ad­dress­the­mat­ter.”

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