The City of Johannesburg’s waste management entity, Pikitup, has successfully cleared all waste removal backlogs in Alexandra, North of Johannesburg, after this service could not be rendered during the recent service delivery protests in the area.
Pikitup services could not be rendered fully in Alexandra from 3 April 2019 to the 5 April 2019 due to safety concerns for employees and Pikitup’s already-fragile assets.
This resulted in heaps of illegal dumping sites spreading across the area. Therefore, Pikitup’s plan to clear the backlog was set in motion from the 6th of April 2019 and the plan entailed deploying additional human resources as well as extra waste removal equipment.
Under normal circumstances 212 general workers are responsible for waste collection services in the area. However, due to service delivery interruptions occasioned by the protest action an additional 121 general workers were deployed in Alexandra to assist with clearing the waste removal backlogs.
In relation to equipment under normal circumstances Pikitup uses six (6) illegal dumping vehicles and post the service delivery protest two (2) additional vehicles were used. Furthermore, seven (7) compact trucks are used during normal refuse collection rounds but due to the backlogs an additional five (5) trucks were deployed to normalize waste collection services.
Bulk waste collection services in hostels and schools around the area were also rendered.
Pikitup will continue to service the area seven days a week and waste collection services are back to normal in Alexandra. The City will continue to run a responsive and pro-poor government, and continue to do all we can to ensure that change is brought to our communities.
For media queries:
Cllr Nico de Jager
MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services
083 899 2127
071 312 7757