The City of Johannesburg and Pikitup have embarked on a bold clean-up campaign during this long weekend in an attempt to reduce the health risks caused by the decomposition of waste as a result of the unprotected work stoppage by Pikitup employees.
The City Manager, Mr Trevor Fowler, last night announced the mobilisation of resources, including person power, plant and equipment to avert the potential health risk this long weekend and the period ahead.
He called on the community organisations and residents of the City to participate in the intervention by downloading the JRA Find&Fix App from the Google Play Store and using the “General” icon to photograph and report hot spots.
Residents can also report to a 24-hr hotline number: 011 286 6009 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The same hotline number can be used by community organisations to request cleaning tools, gloves and bags for community led clean ups and removal of bagged waste by Pikitup.
Appointed service providers will prioritise clearing of illegal dumping sites in densely populated areas, sites used to deposit rubbish by communities citywide and the illegal dumping sites reported to the hotline and using the JRA App.
Mr Fowler has directed the Chief of Metro Police to provide the necessary protection services to escort and protect the duly appointed waste collection service providers, in line with section 64 B and C of the South African Police Service Act No 68 of 1995.
This step will ensure that the clean-up campaign takes place without any further disruption.
The City Manager is also acting in terms of Section 71 of the Labour Relations Act which identifies collection of refuse left uncollected for 14 days or longer whether domestic, or on public roads and open spaces as an essential service.
In his regular inter-governmental relationship meeting the Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau briefed representatives of organised communities, church groups, property developers and organised business on the City’s strike recovery plan.
He appealed to Faith-Based Organisations to use the religious holidays of Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Family Day on Monday, to help mobilise congregants and community members to heed a call to participate in the efforts of the City to maintain a healthy and clean environment.
The Executive Mayor and the MMC for Infrastructure Services and Environment, Clr Matshidiso Mfikoe, have restated that the City remains firm that unprotected work stoppages and trashing of the City can never be justified and that the current stoppage of the SA Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) affiliates. Their current actions contravenes the spirit and the letter of a ground-breaking Politically Facilitated
Agreement brokered by the Gauteng Provincial Government last December. Amongst others, the agreement specifically committed the parties to a cessation of hostilities. MMC Mfikoe stated yesterday that the City remains committed to the Agreement. She said the City is committed to ensuring that all employees are fairly treated and compensated and that this can only happen in a normal environment wherein workers are back at work, affording the mandated parties the opportunity to reach agreement.
Issued on behalf of Joburg City and Pikitup
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