Hope for a cleaner Mangaung

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Tjaart van der Walt, DA Mangaung Councillor

For many years residents of Bloemfontein have experienced difficulties when it comes to receiving quality services from the Mangaung Metro Municipality, especially regarding waste removal services. However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, said DA Mangaung Councillor, Tjaart van der Walt.

Van der Walt said he has been trying to get the municipality’s attention on this matter for a long while. He explained that he went to the Mangaung Metro Municipal’s office and demanded to speak to someone who could assist him.

He said he felt the quality of the services was getting worse year after year and nothing was done. According to him, the lack of waste removal service was not only unhealthy, but also meant that “the municipality is breaking the law” as this is a direct contravention of the Constitution and the Waste Act: National Standards for Domestic Waste Collection.

“I have also been sending letters and calling the now acting City Manager, Sello More, about the waste removal services. At the time, More was the HOD for Solid Waste & Fleet Management and his response would be that he had to speak to the then City Manager about what was happening.”

Eventually, More agreed to see him and hear him out. Van der Walt stated he offered possible solutions, support and advice. In return, More assured him that there was a plan focused solely on fixing the waste removal services.

“Now that More is the acting City Manager, I believe he can make a difference and change the situation we are currently in. The municipality’s new waste removal plan started off this past weekend, 13 to 15 August, and had the municipality collecting waste in the northern part of Bloemfontein. They actually delivered as promised,” Van der Walt said.

He concluded that he was promised earlier this week that the municipality would start collecting waste in the other parts of Bloemfontein. He was not able to reveal the plan in detail but believes, should the municipal implement it successfully, it will make a huge, “beautiful” difference.

The spokesperson of the Mangaung Metro Municipality could not be reached for comment.

Corn Koteli

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