Waste Management Brigades to cost ratepayers R150-million every year – DA

It is reported that the programme is looking to employ 2 372 people at a cost of R150-m per year.

According to DA PR councillor and member of the Environmental Development Oversight Committee in Ekurhuleni, Gary Scallan, while the DA in Ekurhuleni welcomes any initiative that will create jobs and make the metro and environment clean, one cannot help but wonder why the metro believes this initiative will work.

“There have been ample cleaning campaigns for years now in the metro and none of them have had a tangible aesthetic result.

“With all these cleaning programmes and resultant cadre employment, there is not a single programme to address and fine the perpetrators of illegal dumping and those littering and polluting our metro and they are not being fined.”

Scallan said the MMC of Community Safety, Vivienne Chauke is responsible for the EMPD, yet, she cannot indicate how many fines were issued for illegal dumping and littering in the past year.

“The EMPD have indicated that they have a clear programme on how to implement by-laws within the communities, yet, no councillor has seen this plan.

“It is pretty clear that the cart is before the horse. The Waste Department does not even have any programmes in place for the Green Scorpions and environmental enforcement agencies, so while the anti-littering by-laws are not being enforced, this municipality still wants to throw a further R150-m per year at another programme. Evidently none of the other initiatives seem to be working.

“So, why is this one different? What makes the department think that this initiative will be a success?” Scallan said.

He said while the DA is in favour of job creation, they however do not support the punishing of law-abiding citizens for the misdeeds of illegal dumpers.

“The metro needs to beef up law enforcement and strategically place the Green Scorpions at various dumping hotspots and maybe this metro will make a profit from the illegal dumping fines instead of running at a loss owing to the cleaning and re-cleaning costs.”

Ntombikayise Sibeko

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