‘Unknown group’ disrupts city’s waste-removal services

A group of people disrupted waste collection services on Tuesday morning throughout Pretoria.

The group obstructed waste collection and disposal workers from rendering services to communities.

Tshwane metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the city’s management was perturbed on receiving information.

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“Sometime in June 2017, the city had to obtain a court interdict against unknown persons who were restricting the collection, removal, transportation and disposal of waste across the city. Today’s unlawful actions of closing landfill sites, barring the city’s contracted companies from fulfilling their obligations and thrashing the city’s seven regions, are reminiscent of last year’s disruption of waste related services,” Mashigo said.

He said the metro was concerned that these unknown people had extended what the metro deemed as aggressive behaviour beyond waste-related service and were disrupting the delivery of water infrastructure and electricity projects to residents.

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“These unknown persons have waged an unacceptable, uncalled-for and irritating conduct that is not in keeping with the values that seek to ensure that the residents and business community benefit from services rendered by the municipality. We call on our communities to rally behind us and shun those that are hell-bent on obstructing us from discharging our mandate of providing services to them.”

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He said the disruptors had claimed that the reason for their actions was because they had not been offered any business opportunities by the metro.

“In order to ensure transparency in the acquisition of services, the current administration has aligned itself with the open tendering system. This simply means that a service provider gets awarded a contract through a fair bidding competition. In this case, the city granted a contract to a service provider that qualified whereas the forum wants its members to receive contracts willy-nilly without tendering,” he said.

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Mashigo said no forum or company will be awarded a contract outside the city’s normal tendering process as that will be tantamount to favouritism, maladministration and corruption.

“Our metropolitan municipality is morally and legally bound to ascertain the provision of clean surroundings, water, the supply of electricity and other necessary services to all the communities within its jurisdiction. The city apologises profusely for any inconvenience that may arise as a result of non-waste collection. The delays of rendering services to the community will be addressed through a recovery plan.”

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