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Pikitup would like to remind the citizens of Joburg again this year, not to give out Christmas gifts to waste removal staff especially during the festive season.

“Pikitup employees are forbidden from soliciting Christmas gifts from members of the public, as this goes against company policy for staff to take part in this tradition”, said Suren Maharaj, acting Managing Director at Pikitup.

Maharaj was speaking ahead of the holiday season, advising the residents and business owners in the City of Joburg against individuals who masquerade as Pikitup staff requesting ‘Christmas boxes’ and ‘donations’ from the public.

Residents are under no obligation whatsoever to offer any gifts to Pikitup’s refuse collection staff, as the company does pay a bonus to its staff at the end of the year,” said Maharaj. All residents are urged to report imposters and staff who approach or harass them for gifts or donations.

“Corporate governance and zero tolerance to corruption are of critical importance to Pikitup. We will leave no stone unturned in rooting out corrupt officials and practices,” said Maharaj.

Any irregular activities are to be reported to the South African Police Services or contact the City of Johannesburg’s 24-hour 24/7 toll-free hotline on 0800 00 25 87, which is manned in all 11 official languages or via e-mail: or send an SMS to 32840 line which is charged at a minimal fee of R1.50c. 

Should residents have any further queries, Pikitup would like to encourage them to contact Joburg Connect on 011-375-5555 or 0860 562874 (0860 JOBURG), alternatively visit

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