ENOCH Mgijima Municipality obtained new additions to its fleet last Thursday when it received two new compactor trucks for refuse removal at a cost of just under R1-million.
Executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha received the trucks from UD Trucks sales manager John McKenzie. She said the trucks would assist in the refuse removal problem currently facing the local authority. She said the town was very dirty and it was embarrassing to see. Gunuza Nkwentsha said employees wanted to work, but did not have enough trucks, adding these were just a few of the trucks the local authority was going to buy.
“You find that if a truck works all the shifts it can be easily damaged. With this addition, people must know the times to take out their rubbish and we must have clear routes for collection. We will distribute a timetable for refuse collection,” she said. The executive mayor said no one would invest in a dirty town, adding the trucks would mostly work in the CBD. The municipality also received 25 wheelie bins which would be used in the town.
“Dumping is a two-way process. If we don’t put out bins people will dump, but people must not dump next to bins when they have been provided. We have a programme, in partnership with the Chris Hani Development Agency, to have buy-back centres so that we make waste valuable,” she said.
McKenzie said the two compactor trucks would be serviced in Queendustria where UD Trucks is based.