Executive Mayor Leon Van Wyk, along with deputy mayor Charlotte Clarke and a team from the municipality conducted a site visit in Levallia and Lawaaikamp recently where ongoing illegal dumping takes place. During the site visit, the mayor, and the newly appointed Senior Environmental Services manager, Sivuyile Mtila, spoke about ways to reduce or discourage illegal dumping across the municipal area.
The mayor visited the illegal dumping site in Triumph Street, which poses a threat to all residents living in and around the area, according to Mtila. “As a municipality, it is imperative that deterrent or incentivised methods are considered as a means to discourage such behaviour,” Mtila said. Mtila noted that this could assist in alleviating the strain placed on the municipality when it comes to clearing illegal dumping sites. Council will however need to deliberate on this and make a decision on the way forward.
Mayor Van Wyk stated that it is important to have the full cooperation of the entire community when it comes to cleanliness. It is projects like this that require the community and the municipality to join hands so that progress can be made together. One of the illegal dumping site viewed is located just outside the Lawaaikamp Speelgroep ECD in Vuyani Ncamazana Street in Lawaaikamp. This site as with all dumping sites, poses a health risk to all those living in the surrounding areas.
Mtila expressed his frustration as he explained that this is one of the sites that is cleaned on a regular basis, but dumping occurs as often as cleaning does. The mayor addressed those responsible for cleaning this site, thanking them and stressing how important their work is in keeping the residents of these communities all safe.
• ILLEGAL DUMPING
The municipality needs your help to combat illegal dumping:
1. Please spread the news in your community that dumping of waste is dangerous and a health hazard. Waste should be collected in refuse bags and placed for collection on waste removal days. Builders rubble and waste not suitable for bags must be dropped at the municipal refuse site on the R102 (airport road).
2. If you can provide names, vehicle registration details or addresses of alleged perpetrators and are willing to make a statement in this regard, please report it to Law Enforcement at 044 801 6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t need a photograph of the perpetrator, but it will strengthen the case for a warning or fine to be issued.
3. If you notice dumped waste, please report for collection to 044 802 2900.
Vuyani Ncamazana: Mayor Leon van Wyk and Sivuyile Mtila addressing workers at an illegal dumping site in Vuyani Ncamazana Street, Lawaaikamp.
Triumph Street: Ald Leon van Wyk, Councillors and officials from George Municipality during a visit at an illegal dumping site in Triumph Street, Levallia.