CITY TO EMBARK ON WASTE COLLECTION BLITZ AS FLEET BACK TO FULL CAPACITY
“As of today, the Solid Waste Department in the City will embark on a waste collection and cleaning blitz to normalise regular, scheduled collection throughout Ekurhuleni,” says MMC for Environment and Waste Management Cllr Brandon Pretorius.
“Through the approval of a plant hire tender, the City has taken delivery of 36 vehicles which brings our fleet up to full capacity.
“In the coming days, our fleet will be working around the clock to ensure that all backlogs are cleared, and as of the week starting 6 March 2023, routine collection can commence unabated.
“I would like to apologize to residents for the unfortunate situation we have found ourselves in, but I am confident that we will now turn the tide on this matter.
“However, it is of the upmost importance that the City replace its in-house fleet and only make use of this plant hire tender as and when needed. To do so, it is crucial that the adjustment budget – which was voted down in council by certain parties for political expediency, is passed so that service delivery resumes without delay.
“The approval of this budget will allow the City to procure new vehicles to prevent a collapse such as this from happening again.
“I want to appeal to residents to lobby their local councillors to support the adjustment budget which will be debated again in council, Tuesday 28 February 2023,” says MMC Pretorius.
Statement issued by the MMC for Environment and Waste Management, Cllr Brandon Pretorius.