Sidewalk between Jorissen and Grobler Streets a ‘health hazard’

Rubbish bins along Schoeman Street are overflowing, not only causing an inconvenience for commuters but a health hazard as well.

POLOKWANE – One of the residents, who spoke to BONUS on condition of anonymity, claimed the rubbish had been piling up on the sidewalk between Jorissen and Grobler Streets for the past three weeks due to seemingly overfull rubbish bins.

“Rubbish is lying all over the sidewalk and street in the middle of the city. Not only is it a health hazard and inconvenience, it is also embarrassing to have our city’s sidewalks looking like this. Incidents such as these are downgrading our city’s image and we refuse to have areas in our city that look like a dumping site. It is not only the responsibility of the municipality to keep the city clean but our responsibility as the community as well. We cannot keep on dumping rubbish when we see a bin is full, we need to make another plan and report the overflowing bin. Before we point a finger at the municipality, let’s change this kind of behaviour and we will see if the failure comes from our side or the municipality’s,” the resident said.

Polokwane Municipality Spokesperson, Matshidiso Mothapo, said: “We have a weekly cleaning programme according to each block and it came as a surprise to me to hear the area in question has been left uncleaned for around three weeks. We plead with the public to report such issues and if there is a need for extra bins, we are willing to supply them. Although there are instances where the municipality encounters technical problems such as broken down trucks but we always try to come up with alternative measures to do our duty”.

Matsidisho said matters such as these can be reported to Waste Management at (015) 290 2366 or Community Safety at (015) 290 2457.

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