Illegal dumping, a threat to Hammarsdale community
Illegal dumping causes wreak to livestock and people of Hammarsdale.
The dumping of waste along the roadside and river has got people like Mfanafuthi Mkhize worried.
Mkhize is a 63-year-old man with a herd of cattle. His cattle’s drink from the river in the morning and in the afternoon. Now, with waste all over the river he is worried that someday one of his cows will swallow plastic and die or get sick.
“People throw waste here deliberately. They don’t care whether animals drink this water or what,” he said.
He also mentioned that they have tried to gather as a community and discuss a way to resolve this issue, but the means of doing so were not successful. Others sometimes burn the waste to reduce it from piling up.
Durban Solid Waste (DSW) is responsible for the garbage collection in the area. They collect it once a week and they also hand out garbage bags. The motive behind these illegal dumping is unknown as DSW was not available to answer for themselves regarding this matter.
Hammarsdale is a big township situated in the outer west of Durban, with an estimated population of 62 409 people. Although it is a township, but herding is the most common practice in the area.