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Plant and vehicle replacement bolster waste services <p>​The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, visited the Bellville Refuse Transfer Station at Sacks Circle to inspect and help showcase a sample of the vehicles and equipment that have been procured so far in the 2023/2024 financial year. The balance of the fleet ordered will be delivered between February and June 2024. This procurement aims to improve the reliability of the service by replacing older equipment, as well as building new resilience against enduring challenges such as load-shedding.<br></p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:952px;" /> </figure>​</span><p><strong>Procurement for this year includes, but is not limited to:</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Compactors (R94,9m)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><ul><li>18 x 6x4 refuse compactors to replace aging fleet </li><li>10 x 4x2 refuse trucks for use by the Cleansing Department in removing illegal dumping and litter</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Trucks (R60,4m)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><ul><li>3 x 7 000 litre fuel bowsers to refuel standby generators during various load-shedding phases to ensure seamless functionality operationally.</li><li>2 x 800 kVA skid-mounted standby generators will be used to provide power supply at key operational sites when existing fixed generators break down, to ensure that these operational sites are at all times kept fully functional </li><li>5 x street washers will be used within the specialised services branch to maintain cleanliness across City geographical areas </li><li>7 x crane trucks to maintain cleanliness across City geographical areas</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Earthmoving equipment (R72,5m)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><ul><li>7x sleigh-articulated trucks </li><li>1 x hooklift truck </li><li>1 x dozer </li></ul><p>for operations at landfill </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Light vehicles (R53,1m)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">133 vehicles of various types for various waste management functions</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The total budget assigned for plant and vehicles this year is approximately <strong><em>R285, 7 million. </em></strong></p><p>'Ensuring that budgets are spent effectively and equipment is replaced at the right time is essential to winning the war on waste. Delayed refuse collection can lead to illegal dumping in many communities, and illegal dumping is much more expensive than emptying wheelie bins. A vehicle breakdown can really start a chain reaction that can have significant budget and environmental health implications, so improving vehicle and plant efficiency must be sufficiently prioritised. </p><p>'Since I have taken office a big emphasis has been placed on vehicle availability and teams are working hard to maximise this not only through procurement, but also looking for greater efficiency in repair and maintenance programmes,' said Alderman Twigg.</p><p><strong>End </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2024-01-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8734a1c1-e63b-41d0-a172-cb70cf65694a;L0|#08734a1c1-e63b-41d0-a172-cb70cf65694a|waste;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#68b084a3-f238-4e33-8c08-97910537f68d;GPP|#ae19c2bf-06c6-40b2-9faa-4ba4f85f4bed;GPP|#488a252c-b852-4f59-b559-f191cb367380;GP0|#30dd8f25-92b1-4698-88d7-6dcdeb3d56c1;L0|#030dd8f25-92b1-4698-88d7-6dcdeb3d56c1|waste and cleaning;GP0|#b1eb3468-116a-4358-8d1e-cfc5fd63ee0a;L0|#0b1eb3468-116a-4358-8d1e-cfc5fd63ee0a|Waste disposal10

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