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More than R300m allocated to the battle against illegal dumpingCollective efforts between the City of Cape Town and residents are required to address illegal dumping. Today, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department officially launched its Rapid Response Programme: Phase 2 to support existing efforts to tackle the thousands of chronic illegal dumping hotspots across Cape Town. More than R300m has been allocated to the efforts to tackle the problem, and the Rapid Response Programme will be driven in large part by 2 048 new EPWP workers. Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste Alderman Xanthea Limberg, together with the Portfolio Committee Chairperson Alderman Clive Justus, attended the launch in Nomzamo.<p><strong>​</strong><strong>Fast facts about solid waste management:</strong></p><ul><li>More than 180 000 tonnes of waste is cleared annually from illegal dumping hotspots city-wide.</li><li>The City already budgets approximately R130 million annually for the clearing of approximately 2 900 large dumping hotspots across the city</li><li>91 vehicles were impounded for use in illegal dumping activity during the 2020/21 financial year.</li><li>Cape Town residents have 100% access to refuse management services with 99,79% of informal settlements provided with a door-to-door service, and skips in areas where this is not possible.</li></ul><p>Illegal dumping is one of the City’s biggest chronic challenges, with approximately R130 million spent in efforts to clear it each year.</p><p>The City has now allocated over R100 million extra to fund the Rapid Response Programme: Phase 2, and received an additional R100 million from National Government Public Employment Programme bringing the total spend on dealing with illegal dumping to over R300 million. </p><p>The Rapid Response Programme Phase 2 will run for the remainder of the 2021/22 financial year, and will employ an additional 2 048 workers and extra vehicles for clearing illegal dumping. </p><p>Phase 1 of the Rapid Response Programme has been running since July 2021, at the start of the new financial year, and made use of contractors while the process to appoint EPWP workers was under way. </p><p>‘Illegal dumping remains a huge problem city-wide. We have assigned budget annually to tackle this ongoing, increasing chronic problem. Illegal dumping stands in the way of the health and safety of our communities and the environments in which we live. I’m pleased that the department has implemented a strategy to tackle this challenge, with the help of local residents assigned to the Programme through EPWP. </p><p>‘The Rapid Response Programme aims to boost existing services with its additional resources so that clearing can happen faster, to keep up with the increasing load of illegal dumping. Generally as soon as the City clears a spot, the dumping continues almost immediately, and efforts to clear these may seem futile and not sustainable, but it has to be done for the health of our communities and environment.</p><p>‘We need the public to help us keep their areas clean. Should residents and businesses change their habits, a lot of this budget in future can be allocated to other services and programmes within the Solid Waste Department that add value and benefit residents,’ said Alderman Limberg.</p><p><strong>Contributing factors to illegal dumping and its impact</strong></p><ul><li>Behaviour change is the key to addressing illegal dumping. Residents need to call each other out when they see or hear of this practise taking place, and let others know that it won’t be tolerated by the broader community.</li><li>In recent years, increasing illegal land occupations has been and also continues to place pressure on the City’s existing refuse collection and area cleansing services.</li><li>Many properties have backyard tenants, but do not have enough bins to contain the amount of waste generated at the property. In these cases, the property owner needs to ensure that the number of bins on the property is sufficient to cope with the amount of waste being generated at the property. Property owners are encouraged to apply for additional bins. (More information is available below)</li></ul><p>‘We encourage residents to think before they dump. General litter and other pollution often finds its way into the stormwater system, especially during/following rainfall, and is washed to our waterways, which in turn suffer the effects of this pollution. However, direct and deliberate dumping into the sewer and stormwater systems via manholes is another ongoing problem. A range of campaigns to raise awareness of the damaging consequences of illegal dumping have been carried out. </p><p>‘Illegal dumping is costing the City and their communities more than they think. It impacts on the neatness of the area and poses health risks to neighbours. Let’s work together to keep our city clean. The City is also open to hearing proposals by residents that would foster shared accountability for open spaces.</p><p>‘The City acknowledges that current refuse collection delays may cause inconvenience, but refuse is still being collected, and should not be used as an excuse for dumping and compromising the health of the community and environment. Residents are reminded that if refuse is not collected on the scheduled day, please take the bin out for collection every day until it is emptied.  </p><p>‘Also, if residents know who is dumping, they are encouraged to provide the relevant information to the City’s Solid Waste By-law enforcement unit so that action can be taken,’ said Alderman Limberg.</p><p><strong>What are the consequences for illegal dumping</strong></p><p>Any person found to be dumping illegally is issued with a Section 56 written notice, which carries a fine of up to R5 000 and the dumper may have his or her vehicle impounded. Impounded vehicles are also subject to a release fee of R8 426 for the first impoundment, and this escalates thereafter. </p><p><strong>Incidents can be reported as follows:</strong></p><p>illegal dumping with an offender:</p><ul><li>office hours: 021 444 6231 / 021 444 6233</li><li>email:  <a href="mailto:solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za">solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za</a></li></ul><p>illegal dumping without an offender:<br>• Call: 0860 103 089<br>• Email: <a href="mailto:Wastewise@capetown.gov.za">Wastewise@capetown.gov.za</a> <br> <br><strong>Residents are reminded of the following:</strong></p><ul><li>Please do not resort to illegal dumping if refuse collection delays cause refuse to build up to the point where it cannot fit in the wheelie bins.</li><li>Where possible, opt for home composting. This will allow further space in the bin during this period. Visit <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Cleaning-and-recycling/home-composting-programme">http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Cleaning-and-recycling/home-composting-programme</a> on how to do home composting.</li><li>Please consider separating your recyclables – glass, paper, cardboard and plastic, etc- which can be taken to one of the City’s drop-off facilities.</li><li>Residents and small businesses using vehicles with a carrying capacity of less than 1,5 tons can make use of drop-off sites for builders’ rubble, recyclable materials, garage waste, and other waste types. Please see this link for more information.</li><li>They can apply for additional bins using one of the channels below. They will be charged at the standard tariff, to cover increased costs associated with servicing the property. </li></ul><p><strong>Logging service requests:</strong></p><p>Residents are encouraged to submit service requests for Solid Waste Management, including requests to clear illegal dumping, using one of the following channels:</p><ul><li><div>Call: 0860 103 089 </div></li><li><div>Online: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/servicerequests/">www.capetown.gov.za/servicerequests/</a> </div></li><li><div>Email: <a href="mailto:Wastewise@capetown.gov.za">Wastewise@capetown.gov.za</a></div></li><li><div>Visit: a City walk-in centre (see <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/facilities">www.capetown.gov.za/facilities</a> to find the one closest to you)</div></li><li><div>Residents should please always remember to take note of the reference number provided. </div></li></ul><p>For more information on City services, including revenue offices, please visit <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/general/coronavirus-updates">this link</a>.</p>2021-10-21T22:00:00Z1
City warns students against fraudulent advert for internshipsCity warns students against fraudulent advert for internships<p>​The City of Cape Town has been alerted to an advert for so called ‘urban agriculture project internships’ that is circulating. The City wants to warn the public that this is a scam aimed at defrauding students. </p><p>The persistent trend of fraudulent adverts is concerning especially at a time when unemployment is at levels higher than ever before in South Africa. Young people are desperate to start working, and the advert is giving them false hope. </p><p>Thus, this act must be regarded as criminal and unlawful and reported accordingly.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>2021-10-21T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption in San Michel, Noordhoek areaWater supply disruption in the Noordhoek area.<p>​Zero-pressure testing is part of the installation process for pressure management technology. Tests are done to see if there are any unmapped inflows that need to be taken into account before smart pressure reducing valves are installed. <br> <br>Residents are advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period and to ensure that their taps are closed to avoid water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored. <br> <br>This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Strategy. Managing water pressure more effectively reduces the possibility of pipe bursts and water wastage.<br> <br>The City regrets any inconvenience caused.<br> <br> <br>End<br> </p>2021-10-21T22:00:00Z1
City postpones shut down of Tygerberg water pipeline Tygerberg water pipeline shut down postponed.<p>​Faure is the City’s largest treatment plant, and this facility being offline puts the rest of the network under pressure. Undertaking work on a major supply line under these conditions would greatly increase disruption to residents. As such, the work will be undertaken at a later date where the City can ensure disruption to residents is minimised. </p><p>Consumers will be notified in advance when the shutdown will be done, which will see the completion of a project initiated in May this year, when the faulty valve was removed and sent for repair. </p><p>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused to the consumers in the following water supply areas:</p><p>Brooklyn, Sanddrift, Tygerhof, Rugby, Century City, Paarden Eiland, Joe Slovo, Phoenix, Kensington, Acacia Park and Goodwood. </p><p><br>End</p>2021-10-21T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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