The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality today launched Phase 2 of the War on Waste Campaign, taking the fight against illegal dumping into a higher gear in Bethelsdorp. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, has had its challenges, ranging from underspending, the employment of litter pickers and general project management challenges.
Speaking at the launch, Executive Mayor Trollip admitted that Phase 1 of the Campaign had not been as successful as it should have been. “We have learnt our lessons. Through Phase 1 it has become clear to us that cleaning the City is more urgent that ever before. It is also clear to us that unity in action with our people is critical,” said Executive Mayor Trollip.
At the launch, the Executive Mayor also unveiled two refuse compactor trucks that are part of three, purchased at R4 million each.
Phase 2 will be more focused, with clamping down on illegal dumping being the priority. Awareness campaigns in institutions like schools and churches and residential areas will be key in the campaign. The three new compactor trucks will cut down on delays due to mechanical problems. “We are not going to play games with illegal dumpers. We have our Metro Police and town rangers ready to go around the City and the notorious dumping areas. We are also working on increasing the current fine of R2000 for dumping as some of the illegal dumpers, more especially construction companies, do not mind paying this amount,” said the Executive Mayor.
Acting Executive Director of Public Health, Tsietsi Mokonenyane, also emphasised how important it was that our beautiful City should be kept clean and attractive. “From here we will be dealing with hotspots identified by the Metro to clean them. The Illegal dumping of waste has a terrible effect on our environment; therefore, it is our commitment as Directorate of Public Health to get rid of this scourge by working together with our communities in beautifying our city,” said Mokonenyane.