Head Administrator Mpho Nawa has issued a stern warning to the residents not to
illegally dump waste on the roadside and to contractors who are blocking access
to certain landfill sites, saying the City will not hesitate to take harsh
action against them.
said while the City understood the frustration of some residents whose waste
has not been collected, however, taking the law into their hands constituted a
by-law infringement and the authorities would act swiftly against those that
are breaking the law.
also cautioned certain service providers whose contracts have not renewed that
have blocked access to certain landfill sites, saying they were not entitled to
automatic contract extension. The City has experienced challenges with waste
collection in the past two weeks following the expiry of the vehicle lease
contract at the end of last month.
municipality has managed to clear the waste collection backlog in most parts of
the City at the weekend and has gone back to the normal collection schedule
with effect from today.
condemn the behaviour of some of our residents that have been illegally dumping
waste on the side of the road and the conduct of some of the service providers
that demand to have their contracts extended. While we understand the
frustration of our residents whose waste has not been collected, it is illegal
and irresponsible for anyone to break the law. Equally, no service provider has
an automatic right to have their contracts extended. We will not be bullied by
rogue service providers who block access to our landfill sites, we will unleash
law enforcement onto them,” Nawa warned.
City wishes to reiterate its apology to the residents for the inconvenience
they have endured for the past two weeks due to non-collection of waste. The
schedule is back to normal from today, Monday, 14 September 2020, and residents
whose waste has not been collected are urged to report such to the City’s
customer care call centre on 012 358 9999 or alternatively send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .