Service delivery collapse in Sol Plaatje
by Cllr Elize Niemann – DA Councillor: Sol Plaatje Municipality
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Date: 16 July 2018
The dirty city of Kimberley is set to get even dirtier due to Sol Plaatje Municipality’s funding for cleaning services set to dry up within the next five months, if not sooner.
This will, in particular, affect the regular cleaning of illegal dump sites in 14 wards that are regularly polluted with nappies, needles, animal waste and more. It will compromise hygiene and further aggravate the breeding of rats, presenting a serious health risk to the people of Kimberley and beyond.
The Ritchie area, which also falls under the jurisdiction of Sol Plaatje, is already suffering due to poor planning. Refuse is only collected every two weeks and must then be brought 40 kilometers to the Kimberley dumpsite, as the license for the Ritchie dump has expired.
The reason for the funding shortage is due to the high costs being paid by Sol Plaatje for the rental of a combination of 16 tipper trucks and four front-end loaders. This contributes significantly to the Community Department’s monthly expenditure of R1.3 million, out of its annual budget allocation of over R6 million.
The ANC-led municipality now wants to embark on a huge awareness campaign to curb illegal dumping. The problem with this, however, is that the municipality does not have the capacity to police illegal dumping, nor does it have a municipal court to address by-law contraventions.
With only an outdated feasibility study to justify the rental of duty vehicles, as opposed to the purchasing of them, the DA is not convinced that this is still the way to go. In this regard, it might be more cost effective and sustainable to rather build up the municipal fleet.
The DA will request a new feasibility study on the lease of cleaning-related trucks to be conducted as a matter of urgency.
In the meantime, the DA also proposes allocating serviced sites for dumping, to better control the problem and also to ensure rubbish removal at decreased costs.
We need solutions that will keep Kimberley clean throughout the year, not just from July to November.
Only change under a DA-led government will improve the cleanliness of the city and ensure that rubbish removal services are effective and sustainable.
Cllr Elize Niemann
DA Councillor: Sol Plaatje Municipality
074 934 7018
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387