Johannesburg is mulling legal action regarding the Pikitup strike. In the meantime, residents have been asked to take their own waste to a landfill or garden site, if possible.
THE City is considering taking legal action to compel striking Pikitup workers to return to work.
Residents are urged to dispose of waste at the City's landfill sitesResidents are urged to dispose of waste at the City's landfill sitesThis comes after workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) failed to respond to the City’s proposals addressing all the issues raised by strikers.
Pikitup workers went on strike on 7 April and are demanding an internal investigation into alleged corruption and irregular tenders at the company.
“By the end of business yesterday [11 April], management was hoping that the strike would have been resolved to make way for the Samwu members to resume work,” said the City’s communications director, Gabu Tugwana.
Johannesburg was making efforts to reduce uncollected waste outside private residences and business premises, he added.
“Street corners are gradually being cleared of the piles of rubbish while residents and businesses with means of transport are requested to take the garbage to garden and landfill sites.”
Operating hours had been extended at Pikitup’s four landfill sites to accommodate people who worked during the day, said Tugwana.
These sites are: Goudkoppies on Houthammer Road, Devland; Marie Louise on Dobsonville Road, Roodepoort; Robinson Deep, on Turffontein Road, Turffontein; and Ennerdale on Old Lawley Road, Lawley.
“The City and Pikitup apologise for the inconvenience caused by the strike and are doing everything possible to end the strike.”
Health inspectors were also being assigned to the sites “to access the situation and take appropriate measures to alleviate the situation”.
Disposing waste at the 42 garden sites is free of charge. In response to reports of intimidation and people demanding fees at these sites, Tugwana urged residents to call the police. “These activities are fraudulent and illegal. Under no circumstances must residents pay them.”
Private security companies, the Joburg metro police and the South African Police Service had been alerted to monitor these sites and take necessary action if illegal activity like intimidation took place.
For more information on the exact location of all garden sites, visit the Pikitup website.
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