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27/03/2016: Communities embrace the City and Pikitup's call for a clean-up campaign
27 March 2016
The Waste Management Company of the City of Johannesburg, Pikitup is pleased to announce that communities are embracing a call to a clean - up campaign in response to waste refuse or illegal dumping left uncollected due to the ongoing illegal work-stoppage on the part of SAMWU affiliated Pikitup employees.

In a spirit of a collective effort to restore the dignity and the pride of the City of Johannesburg communities in Zandspruit, Alexander and the inner City responded positively to the call. Many calls have been logged by communities to clean-up the City. We also urge other communities in and around the City to call a 24 hour hotline, 011 286 6009 to request cleaning tools, gloves and bags for community led clean ups and removal of bagged waste by Pikitup.

Unfortunately, our contingency refuse collection crew was attacked last night in Alexandra after the community volunteered to clean-up their immediate environment. Two of our trucks were attacked and damaged, and seven crew members sustained injuries. We wish them a speedy recovery.

So far, two perpetrators were arrested at the scene. These ongoing criminal acts of intimidation and violence makes it enormously difficult for cleaning of the City to take place. (Please see attached pictures of the damaged trucks).

We also call upon all communities to report and help law enforcement officials to bring to book the perpetrators of these acts of criminality by dialing the hotline: 011 286 6009. As the company we remain committed to ensure that we continue undeterred in providing refuse collection service across the City of Johannesburg.

All City departments and entities, under the leadership of the City Manager, Mr Trevor Fowler have come together in a joint effort to support Pikitup’s efforts.

The Round Collected Refuse (RCR) undertaken over the Easter weekend achieved degrees of success at all depots within the City of Johannesburg.

As of the start of the Easter Weekend, all the depots have made remarkable recovery of refuse collection service. Inner City focus is on street cleaning and illegal dumping. The situation is being reviewed and monitored on an ongoing basis.

Appointed service providers will prioritise clearing of illegal dumping sites in densely populated areas, sites used to deposit excess waste (i.e. Garden sites) by communities citywide and the illegal dumping sites reported to the hotline and using the JRA App.

Pikitup continues to work hard in ensuring the collection of waste during this period around the city. We, therefore urge members of the community and business owners to collectively work with us during the holiday period by continuing to drop off waste at the nearest Pikitup garden or landfill sites, respectively. Pikitup is grateful for the unwavering support from communities and we shall continue working together in keeping our city clean.

ISSUED BY: PIKITUP, THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG’S WASTE MANAGEMENT ENTITY

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Last Updated on 27 March 2016