Waste Management


The City of Ekurhuleni has deployed additional resources to deal with waste removal backlogs in parts of Kempton Park and Thembisa following the withdrawal of a service provider recently.

The service provider withdrew on last week Tuesday due to a misunderstanding around issues of payment. This resulted in waste accumulation in areas such as Norkem Park, Kempton West, Terenure Birch Acres, Thembisa, Olifantsfontein and Midstream among other areas.

The situation has forced the municipality to pull additional resources from other parts of Ekurhuleni to deal with the backlog, and in some areas illegal dumping.

This morning the MMC for Environment and Waste Management Cllr Leshaka Manamela led a team to kickstart the intervention through the Clean Your Kasi, Manje! Namhlanje! Campaign, which focused mainly on illegal dumping, round collections and litter picking in Phomolong, Winnie Mandela, Birch Acres and Esselen Park. These areas were targeted because they are the main entrances into the affected areas.

“As a responsive People’s Government, we had to intervene on the current contractual impasse. The Clean-Your-Kasi Campaign is an effective tool to mobilise the resources of the state to provide accelerated service delivery to our people.

“We are utilizing internal staff and Council equipment in an effort to build a capable state that is not dependent on contractors. We thank the residents for their patience, and we are committed to clear the backlog as soon as possible,” MMC Manamela said. 

The intervention will be escalated to all affected areas and work will continue in earnest throughout the weekend. The idea is to deal with all the backlogs by Sunday so that we start the new week on a clean slate. While this is happening, the city will continue negotiations with the service provider to speedily resolve any outstanding issues and ensure that waste removal services return to normal.