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City of Johannesburg’s waste management company Pikitup’s services will run uninterrupted

throughout the festive season, including public holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day.

This was announced by Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment, Infrastructure and

Services Councillor Matshidiso Mfikoe on the eve of the holiday period.

MMC Mfikoe said household refuse collection services and work involving recyclables, bulk waste and

dailies would not be affected by the festive season break, as would operations at land infill


She urged residents to actively take part in preserving and protecting the environment by applying

the three basic principles of waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle when disposing of waste.

MMC Mfikoe said though Pikitup would operate normally during the holiday period, there would be no

street cleaning services in the Johannesburg inner city, especially in Hillbrow, on New Year’s Eve.

“This decision was taken to ensure the safety of Pikitup employees. However, plans have been put in

place to clear the inner city on the morning of New Year’s Day,” she said.

MMC Mfikoe also called on residents not to hand over gifts to waste removal staff. Instead, she

urged them to report imposters and staff approaching or harassing them for gifts or donations to

the South African Police Service or on the City’s 24-hour toll-free hotline number 0800 00 25 87.

Alternatively, they could send an email to or an SMS to 32840. SMSes

cost R1.50 each.

“Corporate governance and zero-tolerance to corruption are of critical importance to Pikitup. We

will leave no stone unturned in rooting out corrupt officials and practices,” MMC Mfikoe added