The City of Cape Town has reminded residents that its solid waste staff are not allowed to ask for Christmas boxes or any other kind of donations.
“Over the past few years, we have received reports of residents being asked, sometimes aggressively, for Christmas boxes or donations.
“There have also been reports of threats directed towards residents that their refuse will not be collected if the demand for a Christmas box is not met,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy, Xanthea Limberg.
The City had instructed all staff that soliciting for Christmas boxes and donations was prohibited, she said.
“If residents believe that excellent service has been provided, they are, of course, at liberty to give a voluntary donation to staff as a gesture of thanks and goodwill, but under no circumstances should they be approached or solicited for money. City staff are appropriately remunerated,” she added.
Complaints can be directed to the City via its call centre, which is operational between 8am and 4.30pm, and contactable on 0860 103 089.
Apart from the date, time and place of the incident, a vehicle registration number should be provided so that the culprits can be identified.
Residents should also be aware that certain opportunists tried to pose as collections staff at this time of year, said Ms Limberg.
If residents suspected that the people who approached them were misrepresenting themselves, the matter should be reported to the police.