Saturday, November 06, 2021

City allocates more money on illegal dumping

The City of Cape Town says it is will allocate a further R3.9 million to clear illegal dumping hot spots in Dunoon, Wolwerivier and Witsands.

As part of its Rapid Response Programme, to tackle the thousands of chronic illegal dumping hotspots across Cape Town, the municipality says 26 EPWP workers and three supervisors will be employed as part of this service.

‘’Illegal dumping has been identified as one of the City’s biggest chronic challenges, and an additional R200 million has been allocated to tackling the issue this year, bringing the total budget to over R300 million,’’ said City Manager, Lungelo Mbandazayo.

‘’Although these extra resources will assist with maintaining general cleanliness, behaviour change is still the key to addressing illegal dumping. Residents need to call each other out when they see or hear of this practise taking place, and let others know that it won’t be tolerated by the broader community,’’ Mbandazyo added.

The City manager made an appeal to Capetonians not to resort to illegal dumping.

‘’While many people support the City’s efforts to eradicate illegal dumping and this must be acknowledged, many continue the trend of dumping illegally. We must create a healthy and safe environment to live and thrive as we all endeavour to live a lifestyle that is conducive to a clean environment,’’ said Mbandazayo.

Any person found to be dumping illegally is issued with a Section 56 written notice, which carries a fine of up to R5 000 and the dumper may have his or her vehicle impounded. Impounded vehicles are also subject to a release fee of R8 426 for the first impoundment, and this escalates thereafter.

 

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