Due to ongoing violent protests east of the inner city, Pikitup is currently unable to render services in Yoeville, Bellevue and Bellevue East.
Unfortunately, refuse collection, street cleaning and the clearing of illegally dumping has not been rendered in these areas and the disruption of waste collection services has resulted in large quantities of waste being illegally dumped.
In a recent incident, a Pikitup driver was forced by a residents to empty a truck full of waste in the middle of Yeo Street, next to the police station. The driver attempted to resist, but was threatened with violence.
Over the past couple of days Pikitup employees have tried to service the area, but have been forced out after each attempt.
Pikitup management therefore instructed service delivery to be temporarily halted, until it becomes safe to continue.
In the interim Pikitup’s Norwood Depot is engaging with the Johannesburg Metro Police Department to devise a plan to ensure that operations in the area resume.
Contingency measures are also in place to tackle the waste backlogs that have resulted consequent to the ongoing violence.
The contingency plan entails instituting double shifts one in the morning and another in the afternoon and using extra resources from Monday to Friday to tackle the waste backlogs. The plan will be implemented once peace and stability return to the affected areas.
Pikitup apologises for the inconvenience caused and appeals to residents to dispose of their household waste at the 5th Street Gardensite in Bezuidenhout Valley.
For media queries:
Nico de Jager
MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services
083 899 2127
071 312 7757