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2011-04-01: Pikitup services remain under pressure

REFUSE removal services in parts of Johannesburg remain under pressure but Pikitup is confident that the backlogs of the past week will soon be eliminated.

Pikitup again apologises to residents and businesses in affected areas for the inconvenience caused by a slowdown in services. Pikitup management is currently engaged in talks with union representatives to find solutions to issues relating to working conditions. The most recent information available to Pikitup indicates that collection of waste is taking place normally in areas serviced by six depots – Central Camp (servicing the Eastern and Northern parts of Soweto); Zondi (West and South of Soweto); Selby (the Johannesburg CBD); Southdale, Midrand and Marlboro.

A further three depots experienced a disruption of services on Monday and Tuesday (28 & 29 March). They are Norwood (Parkhurst, Craighall etc.); Waterval (Linden, Blairgowrie etc.); and Avalon (Lenasia, Vlakfontein and Zacharia Park). The expectation is that the backlogs will be erased when the normal removal services continue next week.

The two depots that suffered most from the industrial action are Randburg and Roodepoort. Residents in suburbs in the northern and western parts of Johannesburg have been badly affected. Pikitup will introduce alternative removal services in the areas where the backlogs are the largest, should outstanding labour issues not be resolved soon.

Pikitup's garden sites will be open, but only for garden waste and not for general domestic refuse. The four landfill sites are also open and therefore general waste can be delivered directly to the following sites:

Goudkoppies Houthammer Road, Devland
Marie Louise Dobsonville Road, Roodepoort
Robinson Deep Turffontein Road, Turffontein
Ennerdale Old Lawley Road, Lawley


Pansy Oyedele
Communications Manager
Communications and Stakeholder Management Department
Pikitup – the City of Joburg's waste management company
Tel: 011 712 – 5200 (ext: 5361)
Cell: 079 526 9299
Fax to email: 086 676 0581