Pikitup services disrupted at Zondi depot in Soweto
Pikitup, the waste management entity of the City of Joburg, was unable to render its usual services in areas serviced by the Zondi Depot in Soweto last Wednesday, 12 June 2019.
This was due to a protest demonstration staged outside Pikitup’s Zondi Depot by residents of Ward 46.
These protesters demanded jobs and threatened the lives of Pikitup’s employees and assets.
The protesters therefore prevented Pikitup employees from discharging their responsibility of rendering waste removal service in areas serviced by the Zondi depot. As a result waste removal services were not rendered in Chiawelo, Chiawelo 2, Mapetla, Phiri, Molapo, Dobsonville Extension 3, Protea Glen Extensions 8, 9, 10, 14, 20, 26, 27, 29, 31 and Lefhureng.
Besides the demand for employment from Pikitup, protesters also presented a list of demands and questions on Pikitup’s learnership programme, the employment of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers, information about tenders and Pikitup’s supply chain processes, how vacancies are advertised and how they can benefit from recycling services.
Despite Pikitup responding to the questions, protesters continue to disrupt operations at the depot.
Pikitup subsequently requested the assist of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) to restore order before normal waste collection services can resume in the area.
Pikitup apologized for the inconvenience caused and is appealing to the affected residents to dispose of their waste at its garden sites while is it addressing the issue.