Waste Management Brigades to cost ratepayers R150 million every year

Waste Management Brigades to cost ratepayers R150 million every year

Waste Management Brigades to cost ratepayers R150 million every year – Ratepayers, beware! The ANC-controlled City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) is once again fleecing the City’s coffers, and this time, it is to the value of an outrageous R150 million per annum.

 

Currently, the City has the Siyaqhuba Mayoral Outreach Programme, the R101 million Lungile Mtshali Project, the Extended Public Works Programme, the Keep Ekurhuleni Clean Programme and, now, a further extension to the Keep Ekurhuleni Clean Programme called Waste Management Brigades. The Programme is looking to employ 2372 people, at a cost of R150 million per year.

 

While the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni welcomes any initiative that will create jobs, make our City and environment clean, one cannot help but wonder why the Metro believes this initiative will work. There has been ample cleaning campaigns for years now in the City, and none of them have had a tangible aesthetic result.

 

With all these cleaning programmes and resultant cadre employment, there is not a single programme to address and fine the perpetrators of illegal dumping and those littering and polluting our City. There is currently not one EMPD unit fining these culprits! The MMC of Community Safety, Cllr Vivienne Chauke, is responsible for the EMPD, yet, she cannot indicate how many fines were issued for illegal dumping and littering in the past year.

 

The EMPD have indicated that they have a clear programme on how to implement By-laws within the communities, yet, no Councillor has seen this plan. It is pretty clear that the cart is before the horse.

 

The Waste Department does not even have any programmes in place for the Green Scorpions and environmental enforcement agencies! So while the anti-littering By-laws are not being enforced, this municipality still wants to throw a further R150 million per year at another programme. Evidently none of the other initiatives seem to be working.  So, why is this one different? What makes the Department think that this initiative will be a success?

 

While the DA is in favour of job creation, we do not support the punishing of law-abiding citizens for the misdeeds of illegal dumpers. The City needs to beef up law enforcement and strategically place the Green Scorpions at various dumping hotspots, and maybe this City will make a profit from the illegal dumping fines, instead of running at a loss owing to the cleaning and re-cleaning costs.

Waste Management Brigades to cost ratepayers R150 million every year