Refuse collection has finally resumed in Makana municipality after council workers embarked on a go-slow in February demanding protective clothing and tools of trade, said mayor Mzukisi Mpahlwa.
He said workers had on March 29 received protective clothing including overalls, boots, gloves, and masks.
In response to the huge challenges in waste management, including the problem of dumping, Mpahlwa said the municipality had drafted an Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) in line with the requirements of the National Environmental Management Waste Act, which was open for public comment.
“The IWMP is the roadmap to a clean and healthy environment for all the citizens of Makana Municipality,” he said.
The municipality has also established an interim waste management committee which will serve as a platform for dialogue with the public and the business sector.
Makana Municipality governs the town of Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, which has grappled with illegal dumping.
“The municipality alone can never solve this problem. We are therefore encouraged by the efforts of a start-up company which seeks combat this problem through recycling,” the mayor said.
He said Henta Live Trading was a small company situated at an illegal dumping site where it had already started sorting through the garbage. Others should follow suit, he challenged.
“I would like to warn residents that if we do not deal with the problem of illegal dumping, we will face serious health hazards, such as rat infestation and other health-related challenges,” Mpahlwa added.
– African News Agency