Driver caught dumping rubble on side of road

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WITH reference to “Hopes lie with metro cops” (June 10), which refers to the metro’s fight against illegal dumping, on Saturday morning June 8, I caught red-handed the driver of a truck blatantly and illegally dumping building rubble next to a main road in Kleinskool. When challenged by me, the perpetrators just shrugged their shoulders!

I have reported the incident to waste management and safety and security. I trust the law will prevail.

On May 23, our newly appointed mayor, Ben Fihla, launched the strategy for the elimination of illegal dumping as part of his 100-day campaign to huge fanfare, having “declared war” on illegal dumping.

I am, however, concerned that with only one town ranger to serve the whole metro, this war seems to be lost before the first salvo is fired.

Law enforcement officers are in short supply and the culprits are many. Naturally, we also need more, and more accessible dumping sites for the convenience of residents and building contractors.

According to the strategy’s long term goals, 30 new transfer stations should be built over a 10-year period, being three per year.

The total amount required for the capital infrastructure is R60.7-million (R6-million a year).

However, only R3.2-million (half of what is actually required) was approved for the development of waste disposal facilities in the 2013-2014 budget. This is totally insufficient and makes this strategy only look good on paper.

To the metro, I say put your money where your mouth is! Build more transfer stations and vigorously fight against this escalating problem.

To the residents, please keep to the legal transfer stations and do not sully our beautiful environment.

Brenda Matthee, DA councillor and member of the public health standing committee, NMBM

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