UMLAZI WASTE REMOVAL BACK TO NORMAL
By: Nkosinathi Dube
After three weeks of not having their waste being collected by the municipality, UMlazi Township’s Y-section waste removal got back to normal this week.
Several sections in the township including U, Z, BB, and Malukazi have had their waste pilling up.
However for the past three weeks, there have been no trucks coming to the township as there was a confusion over the awarding of tenders to companies contracted to collect the waste.
Thulani Qwabe, a ward committee member at Philani Valley, said that the stench coming from the waste bins located at the sections streets was starting to affect businesses in the area and was posing a health hazard to children.
“We received complaints from several households about the smell coming out from the bins which were temporarily placed as it was already full and children were playing and opening the black plastic bags,” said Qwabe.
One of the business owners from the area who runs a salon, Thato Ngiba (32) said that one of the trash bins was placed right next to his saloon and customers found the stench unbearable.
“Last Saturday I had to close shop the whole day as I was busy trying to find out from councillors as to when this matter will be resolved, because it was starting to affect my business,” added Ngiba.
The confusion over the waste collection was trigged by a group of people who were unhappy about the municipality awarding tenders to big companies and some members who wanted the military veterans to be hired at the municipality’s Waste Management Department.
A letter to the community by Ward Councillor at Philani Valley, Saddam Nzama, assured the community that the matter is being dealt with and waste collection as from this week will be back to normal.