Furious Kariega residents dump their garbage outside rubbish collectors’ homes
24 out of the municipality’s 36 trucks are still being repaired
Fed-up with poor rubbish collection in their township, angry residents of KwaNobuhle in Kariega have resorted to dumping their rubbish outside the homes of municipal rubbish collection workers.
When GroundUp visited the area we counted more than 1,000 wheelie-bins filled with stinking rubbish lining the streets of ward 47 in KwaNobuhle because of delays in rubbish collection.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says it has 36 trucks for the 60 wards but 24 are “booked in for repairs”. The situation has not improved much since February, when GroundUp reported that 25 trucks were in for repairs. Municipal spokesperson Mamela Ndamase says 27 trucks have now been hired to deal with rubbish, but residents are not impressed.
Resident Simphiwe Made said on Thursday: “Waste trucks have not arrived today and are always delayed. This makes some residents dump rubbish,” he said.
A municipal worker who asked not to be named said residents dumped rubbish in front of the workers’ homes when there were delays. “They say this is to punish us for not collecting wheelie-bins on time,” he said.
He said that every time he goes to or comes from work, he sees stinking rubbish being dumped in front of his house, in KwaNobuhle township.
The worker said: “I keep quiet because I know that our town and township is dirty and it’s us, the workers, whom residents blame.”
He said he worked as both a truck driver and a mechanic, fixing tipper and wheelie-bin trucks at Cuyler Street depot in Kariega.
The worker said the rubbish trucks at his workshop have burst tyres, faulty brakes, wiring and engine problems.
“We have enough trucks on the ground,” Ndamase said, adding that workers who are intimidated through rubbish dumping in front of their homes must report the matter to authorities.
Dodgy people are suing us. Please support us by contributing to our legal costs and helping us to publish news that matters.
Next: Jobless trio clean Makhanda’s streets for free
Previous: Crèche owners protest at Parliament, demanding outstanding grants
© 2022 GroundUp. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
You may republish this article, so long as you credit the authors and GroundUp, and do not change the text. Please include a link back to the original article.
We put an invisible pixel in the article so that we can count traffic to republishers. All analytics tools are solely on our servers. We do not give our logs to any third party. Logs are deleted after two weeks. We do not use any IP address identifying information except to count regional traffic. We are solely interested in counting hits, not tracking users. If you republish, please do not delete the invisible pixel.