Mini cleaning campaign before festive seas

THABAZIMBI – The Thabazimbi Municipality Manager: Community Services distributed a Community Service memo on 9 November to inform those interested about a mini cleaning campaign on Friday 16 November 2012.

The memo states that service delivery in the Municipality is becoming a challenge, especially on the issues relating to refuse collection and management due to old equipment that are being utilized by the Solid Waste Management Division.

Failure to collect waste as per the schedule resulted in illegal dumping in all areas, threatening human health. Therefore the Municipality deemed it necessary to embark on a cleaning campaign in preparation for the festive season.

The Community Services Department will be embarking on a mini cleaning campaign followed by the distribution of drums to identified spots in the Thabazimbi town on Friday 16 November 2012 from 08:30. Their starting point will be the Municipal offices in Thabazimbi.

Kwêvoël reported in the 9 November edition on the illegal dumping on the Marakele provincial road as well as at various sites in Thabazimbi. The Municipality has Waste Bylaws, but due to non-promulgation of these bylaws, they were not able to enforce them. It was only recently that the Refuse Removal Bylaws were promulgated and the Municipality will be able to enforce them. The Municipality’s Communication’s Department stated that in terms of Polluter Pays Principles of the Integrated Environmental Management, should a polluting perpetrator be found, he/she will be fined or be arrested for polluting the environment, especially in a place that is prohibited for such activity.

Report illegal dumping by phoning the Divisional Head of Waste Management, Julian Nkoana’s office on 0147771525 x 164 or email photographs to nkoanajm@thabazimbi.gov.za.

Another act of illegal waste dumping, this time in the sprout in Deena Street.