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Umlazi refuse service to be in-sourced
​The City has announced that refuse collection in uMlazi
will be insourced following Numerous service delivery
disruptions. Job opportunities will be also created for
local residents as the City has done away with private
contractors and will recruit about 220 people to provide
the service in the area.
IN AN effort to provide an efficient and effective waste management service to uMlazi residents, eThekwini Municipality will be in-sourcing this service from 1 July. Furthermore, job opportunities will be created for local residents as the City has done away with private contractors.

As part of the City’s concerted effort to ensure uninterrupted refuse removal in uMlazi, about 220 posts will be advertised for people to provide a reliable refuse collection service in the area. A report outlining insourcing the service was tabled at an Executive Committee meeting held on 25 June. The process of in-sourcing refuse collection will be explained to residents at a community meeting on 29 June at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

The community is encouraged to attend the meeting which starts at 11am. City Manager Sipho Nzuza said the decision to insource the service comes after waste collection in thetownship has been plagued by numerous challenges to the detriment of residents. “The people of uMlazi deserve better. Enough is enough. We are now going to close this chapter permanently and there is no
turning back.” “We fully subscribe to Radical Economic Transformation but it must not be advanced at the expense of residents.

The City sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused by the conduct of contractors,” said Nzuza. The tabled report noted the numerous service delivery disruptions in uMlazi since December 2017 due to several contractual disputes resulting in residents being left without refuse removal services for weeks. These disruptions have intensified from February this year. The report stated that the Cleansing and Solid Waste (CSW) Unit has therefore decided to in-source the refuse collection service in uMlazi to minimise disruptions and the potential health hazard created by illegal dumping.

The report noted that the short-term arrangement will be in place until the unit finalises a new organogram to include personnel requirement for uMlazi. All Council policies with regard to recruitment of personnel will be adhered to. CSW Unit Head Raymond Rampersad said they hoped to finalise the in-sourcing process in three months. He said in the interim, permanent staff would be utilised to provide the service in uMlazi. “Staff will be working on a double shift. They will clean their areas of duty and then report to uMlazi to collect refuse. This will be done from 12pm to 5pm, so our services will be running a bit late,” he said.

Rampersad said approximately 220 posts will be advertised to attract people from the community to be made permanent in order to provide a refuse collection services to uMlazi. “This will assist with job creation in the area. Supervisory posts will also be required to monitor the work being done in the area as well as requiring 14 drivers. Additional funding will be sought from Council to get the fleet up and running,” Rampersad said. He encouraged the community to attend the meeting which will be attended by provincial and City leadership to unpack the refuse issue as well as other community concerns.

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