EMM lets rubbish pile up

RUBBISH REMAINS UNCOLLECTED: Alberton residents are ready to take their rubbish to council since they pay for a service which is not delivered.

ALBERTON residents are experiencing frustration after not having their dustbins emptied for several weeks now.

With tempers rising as rubbish is piling up, some residents are ready to dump their rubbish at the doors of the council.

Ward Clr Tiaan Kotze recently released a statement on a community group regarding the issue.

“The City of Ekurhuleni Waste Management Department in Alberton has informed me that your solid waste will not be collected by the private contractors as was planned. Areas of Alberton North, Florentia and Verwoerdpark are affected,” said Kotze. “Only one of the five trucks showed up, which was deployed to South Crest. An urgent meeting will be held with the acting HOD of waste management in Ekurhuleni, Waste Depot in Alberton and the waste contractors. Apparently, they didn’t show up due to it being the first weekend after pay day,” he added.

Kotze further said that he will put pressure on the waste management oversight to try to procure more trucks and to fill the vacant positions as there are too few staff and a cap of 40 hours per month for overtime, which means that workers will not get paid should they work over those 40 hours.

Other areas in Alberton also seem to be affected, such as Albertsdal. According to a resident, *Gary no rubbish have been collected in Albertsdal for seven weeks.

“All of those affected should simply deduct this from their accounts and get this mess cleaned up at metro’s expense. Time to stop their gravy train. Apply the principle of ‘no work, no pay’,” says *Justin.


“Perhaps we should take our rubbish to them. Please do congratulate them on their total incompetence and lack of service. Totally useless,” said *Julia.

André had this to say: “If my company doesn’t give our customers service, they don’t pay, why should we pay for services we don’t receive? And if we don’t pay, our power gets cut, it’s disgusting.

“I also want to know, do we now start behaving like the rest and burn the place down due to lack of service? Seems to me the only way to get some action out of these people.”

Another resident forwarded the RECORD a voice recording from his call to metro to try and find out what is going on. On the other side of the line, you can clearly hear the lady telling him that: “Everybody, councillors, the city manager, everybody is aware of the problem but as for a solution – I don’t really know what they are going to do.” She also told the resident that they (metro) don’t have enough trucks to keep up with the work and that they are now getting in private contractors to assist. “And we as residents are now actually paying for a service not being delivered and then our rates and taxes go towards paying private contractors. Our area’s rubbish has not been collected for seven weeks,” *Garry said.

From the voice recording, it would seem as if residents are expected to keep on putting their bins outside and hope that today is the day their bins will be emptied.

*Pseudonyms used as residents wished to remain anonymous.

The RECORD contacted the City of Ekurhuleni for comment, but they failed to get back to us before going to print. EMM had more than a week to get back with a comment.

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David Pienaar

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