The City of Tshwane wishes to alert the community of Region 1, to the north of Tshwane, and Region 2, in the south of Tshwane, to the disruption of waste collection service in these regions. The disruption comes as a result of protest action over business and employment opportunities in both regions.
Earlier today, a group of people led by members of the Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve Business Forums blocked all the landfill sites in Region 1 (Soshanguve, Onderstepoort and Ga-Rankuwa), which also service Region 2. Some service providers were threatened with death if their trucks were spotted rendering service in the two affected regions.
Members of the two forums are aggrieved by the City of Tshwane's decision to reduce the number of waste collection trucks in Region 1 due to budget constraints. This came into effect on 1 January 2017. The reduction has apparently resulted in job losses for those who were employed by the service providers.
The following areas of Region 1 may be affected by non-collection of refuse:
Meanwhile, in Region 2, a group calling itself "concerned business operators", blocked waste collection trucks from operating in Hammanskraal. They indicated to officials on site that they were concerned about lack of business opportunities and scarcity of economic development opportunities for local small, medium and micro enterprises, including involvement in waste management activities.
The following areas of Region 2 may be affected by non-collection of refuse:
- Kekana Gardens
- New Eersterus
There were waste collection interruptions in other areas this week in both these regions due to the protest action. However, the City has enlisted the services of the Tshwane Metropolitan Police and the South African Police Service to escort waste collection trucks in order to ensure continuation of services.
The MMC for Environmental Management, Cllr Michael Mkhari, is committed to engage with the groups' leaders in both regions to find a solution.
"We are prepared to listen. However, it must be understood that there are processes that need to be followed in getting a resolution to this matter," said Cllr Mkhari.
He added: "The community must understand that the City is committed to provide them with better service delivery while we are dealing with all these challenges."
Enquiries: Cllr Michael Mkhari (082 548 7495)
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