Issues around service delivery in the Mangaung Metro Municipality seem to be escalating with uncollected refuse piling up on the pavements of the City.
Driving through what is meant to be the City of Roses has left many residents frustrated, leaving them with no choice but to take to social media to vent about the backlog in uncollected refuse.
It is alleged that the current backlog has been caused by yet another workers’ strike.
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to residents from different suburbs and here is what they had to say about the state of the city:
Francette Slabbert, who lives in Donald Murray Street, says that there are many schools, student houses and guest houses in the suburb, which create huge amounts of refuse. “It looks very untidy because people then go through the litter and leave it laying around and when it is eventually collected the rubbish lying next to the bags is not picked up.” She feels that it is a disgrace as they are close to many of the city’s tourist attractions.
Clayton Andries explained that the issue of uncollected refuse has escalated over the years in his community, Heidedal, “… to such an extent that residents have now starting dumping refuse illegally, which then becomes a health hazard for our children, plant life and animals. The Municipality has employed people to clean up, but most of the time they are unsupervised and their work is never monitored.”
Councillor David McKay says that the current refuse dilemma has been coming a long time and if the Municipality heeded the warning and implemented the motion to council, which proposed several changes to improve and manage the resources and staff, the City would not be in the situation it is in now.
“In order to have sustainable, quality basic services, one needs a funded sustainable budget, which in turn can fund resources, replenish the fleet, and provide job security to municipal workers. It’s that simple!”. He believes that the crisis will continue for a long time to come, unless the governing party and the National Convention team stop towing the party line.
According to the Acting City Manager, Tebogo Motlashuping, the delay in waste collection has various contributing factors, whereas workers’ tactics in addressing concerns relating to various administrative issues and disrupting normal operations is a daily occurrence. The current fleet status of the Municipality is a contributing factor.
“An integrated clean-up plan is currently being developed and will be tabled to the Acting City Manager tomorrow for consideration and implementation. The objective is to restore the Metro’s service delivery footprint as well as to bring some form of normality relating to the waste management services within the Metro.”