Residents asked to take refuse to the tips

PILING UP: A heap of rubbish bags at the corner of Forest Hill Road and Heather Garden Square, thanks to the strike. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
PILING UP: A heap of rubbish bags at the corner of Forest Hill Road and Heather Garden Square, thanks to the strike. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

Nelson Mandela Bay residents have been urged to make alternative arrangements to have their refuse removed as the refuse workers’ strike enters its fifth day.

Municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki asked that residents who have transport to drop off their refuse at any of the transfer stations close to them.

The strike, now in its fifth day, saw workers stop work on Friday as they demanded overtime pay as well as bonuses.

Workers also blocked Govan Mbeki Avenue and Strand Street with refuse trucks as they gathered outside the Lillian Diedericks Building on Friday.

Mniki said a contingency plan was in place. However, “due to conditions related to the strike, [he expected] delays in the collection of refuse”.

“The municipality will provide updates of any developments on this matter.”

He apologised for the inconvenience caused by the strike.

At the time of going to press, it was unclear how long the strike would go on.

Numerous attempts to obtain comment on the situation from unions were unsuccessful.

3 thoughts on “Residents asked to take refuse to the tips

  • November 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm
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    Pay for a service, don’t receive it and told to do the work we pay others to do?

    Something seriously wrong here, it’s time to take a harder stance on all these striking workers. Paid for services limp from one strike to the next. Can we expect a rate rebate considering these workers are not going to be paid?

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  • August 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm
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    Are our municipal accounts going to be credited for the refuse charge? We receive black bags every 3 months if we lucky. Now we must do thier jobs for them? Lets hope the DA can change PE to be as clean and organised as the Western Cape. The tips are dangerous.

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  • August 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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    Why must residents take their rubbish to the tips? They pay for this service!! Hire a private company to do this. LOL

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