ADDRESSING BACKLOGS IN WASTE COLLECTION REMAINS A PRIORITY
Last month, myself and the Executive Mayor, Ald. Tania Campbell met with senior officials of the City to resolve the waste collection backlog. This administration has taken a hard line on improving service delivery and is taking proactive measures to ensure that services are rendered timeously to all residents.
We had communicated that consequence management measures for officials who have been underperforming in their respective duties would be implemented.
This intervention has had a positive impact in restoring normality to waste collection across the City as the administrative backlog is now being cleared.
Together with the Executive Mayor, I have conducted several unannounced visits to waste depots to see first-hand the state of waste collection.
There are still bottlenecks in the system, such as an out-of-date fleet that suffers frequent breakdowns. We are also acutely aware of the issues impacting the clearing of dumpsites.
Contractors have been appointed to offset fleet breakdowns and financial commitments have been made to clear dumpsites.
Over the long term, the City will consider embarking on a Full Maintenance Lease option for the procurement of new vehicles, which will alleviate lengthy downtimes when vehicles break down.
All Councillors are provided with waste templates which they are sharing with residents. These are updated daily by waste depot managers.
The Multi-Party Coalition (MPC) in Ekurhuleni is committed to the efficient and seamless rollout of service delivery. Through our Back-to-Basics programme, the MPC continues to work tirelessly to ensure that residents live in a well-functioning City.
Alderman Andre du Plessis
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environmental Resources and Waste Management Services
ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR
Mr. Warren Gwilt
Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor 073 601 6144