Moot residents complain about illegal dumping

Security guard Solly Makonyane at the Jan Niemandpark dump. Apparently someone lives among the waste. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

Tshwane is currently the biggest illegal dumping capital in the world, ward councillor Casper McDonald said.

He said legal dumping sites in the metro had shrunk to only one, namely Heatherly in Mamelodi.

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“The result is that every open stand becomes a dumping site because travelling the distance to and from Heatherly is just not practical, feasible or economical,” he said.

A metro official, who asked not to be named, said he did not blame the illegal dumpers.

“Other dumping sites are simply not safe, especially the one in Mamelodi,” he said.

Moot residents have expressed their dismay at illegal dumping in their area.

According to ward 1 councillor, Elma Nel, there are a number of illegal dumping sites in her ward that are a concern.

“The most concerning illegal dumping sites in my ward are in Myburgh Street and Bremer Street,” she said.

“The moment there is an open field in an area, it becomes an illegal dumping site.”

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Nel expressed concern over illegal dumpers dumping oil into the Apies river.

“People should start taking responsibility. Illegal dumping pollutes our environment,” she said.

Another eyesore for Moot residents is the illegal dumping site in Angelo Street, Jan Niemand Park.

A Jan Niemand Park resident, who asked not to use her surname, said trucks have been dumping their building rubble in a field daily over the past six months.

“After they have dumped their rubble, they set it alight,” Ansie said.

“Our people are fed up with those who dump in our field. This is not just an eyesore, but it also threatens our once safe haven.”

In Wonderboom South, ward 54 councillor, Elmarie Linde, took matters into her own hands and cleaned up an illegal dumping site in 11th Avenue late last month.

Linde and her team found garbage and clothes in the field during their clean-up operation.

“We also picked up an old photo album from the garbage.”

Also read: Residents expose illegal dumpers

Linde said the illegal dumpers particularly use a river that runs from the Apiesriver.

“When it rains, the garbage comes down the river and lies in one place,” she said.

In several spots across Eersterust illegal dumpers drop their building, domestic and garden waste in piles that cause a foul smell that lingers on around houses in the area.

One illegal dumping site on the corner of Good Sheppard Avenue and Roodt Street has been a problem for several years.

The Tshwane metro has warned residents on numerous occasions about illegal dumping.

“Individuals and businesses who dump waste in residential areas can be fined severely,” the metro said.

Rekord contacted the metro to find out if there were any future plans to increase legal dumping sites in Tshwane. By the time of going to print, the metro had not provided feedback.

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Kayla van Petegem

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