Service first: Illegal dumping of growing concern

Illegal dumping of refuse in Komani is of growing concern Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

THE persistent practice of illegal dumping – and the devastating effect it has on the aesthetics and environment of the Komani area – is raising the ire of residents.
Marita Wakeford, who lives near the bridge in the Westbourne residential area, said people were dumping garbage into the river under the bridge.
“They dump black bags, empty bottles, rubble and garden refuse. Another problem, which makes the situation worse, is people who take out their garbage before Wednesday. People open the bags and dogs scatter the garbage and it becomes a mess.”
Another Westbourne resident, Mike van der Merwe, said he could see the garbage dumped under the bridge from his house.
Van der Merwe advised people involved in illegal dumping to hire vans to deliver their rubbish to the municipal refuse tip.
Queensview resident Mandla Tyhulu said people dumped their garbage at the entrance to the suburb near the road which heads out to Hilton.
He said the resultant mess was “a disturbing sight” which could potentially depreciate the value of property if left unattended.
He said people who dumped their refuse illegally had no self- respect and Enoch Mgijima Municipality could not take the blame for their actions.
He was unhappy that people came from other areas such as Komani Park and Laurie Dashwood to dump their garbage in the area.
“They are inconsiderate. People keep their yards clean but have no problem throwing a bottle out of their car window or taking refuse to another area.”
His main concern was the health hazard.
“Waste is unhygienic and toxic to those who live nearby. People could fall ill, simply by inhaling the air.”
Tyhulu said irresponsible adults were sending the wrong message to the next generation.
“They are teaching children to believe dumping is the norm. They should teach children to keep the environment clean without the municipality having to instruct communities to do so.”
He suggested the municipality should inform people on the location of the tip site.
“They could provide a special truck with a charge to pick up rubble from people’s houses. There must be a fine so that people know there are consequences.”
Putting up warning boards could also prevent further dumping, he said.
“Another solution would be communities becoming active in cleaning the garbage and playing a role to police the areas.”
The Rep recently asked readers on Facebook to comment on service delivery in their areas. Various readers raised the issue of illegal dumping, with Johan de Beer of Top Town also raising concern.
Residents of Mlungisi and Ezibeleni have in the past condemned illegal dumping. Questions were sent to Enoch Mgijima spokesman Fundile Feketshane, who had previously warned in The Rep that illegal dumping was unacceptable and the municipality was considering an awareness campaign, but no response has yet been received.

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