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New recruits for uMlazi refuse collection
​Acting EThekwini Mayor Fawzia Peer led by example when
she rolled-up her sleeves and removed waste in uMlazi
following a period of unrest in the area. The City has
appointed 300 new permanent staff to undertake waste
removal in uMlazi.
THE recruitment of 300 eThekwini residents as permanent employees to undertake refuse removal in uMlazi has been completed.

The shortlisting process got underway after the City advertised vacancies in mainstream media last month. The new recruits commenced with their duties at the beginning of August. All Council policies with regard to recruitment of personnel were adhered to. The jobs were created after eThekwini Municipality took a decision in July to do away with private contractors and rather in-source the service.

This was part of the City’s efforts to improve the refuse collection service in the area. Acting eThekwini Mayor Fawzia Peer said the decision to in-source the service came after waste collection in the township was plagued by numerous challenges, to the detriment of residents. Presently, refuse collection in uMlazi is progressing well, according to the Cleansing and Solid Waste (CSW) Unit.

Employees from the unit have been working around the clock to clear the backlog. Head of CSW Raymond Rampersad said huge progress has been made in clearing illegal dumping that had accumulated along most routes. “We dispatch about 25 to 30 trucks on weekends to collect refuse and clear illegal dumpsites along these routes. In addition, we have embarked on clean-up campaigns during weekends to enhance the efficiency of the refuse removal service.

The distribution of refuse bags to households commenced in July where we are issuing a three months’ supply of refuse bags to residents,” added Rampersad. Acting Mayor Peer assured uMlazi residents that the City is doing everything in its power to ensure a more efficient refuse removal service. She urged uMlazi residents to cooperate with the Municipality and to adhere to the weekly refuse collection schedule in order for the operation to run smoothly.

gugu.mdlalose@durban.gov.za 
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