Kraaifontein must step up to catch the illegal dumpers, who soil neighbourhoods and leech hundreds of millions of rand from the public purse annually, a sub-council meeting heard last week.
Some parts of Kraaifontein, such as Kleinbegin, are an eyesore, with illegal dumping on roadsides, fields and sewers, according to the newly appointed Sub-council 2 chairperson, Ward 111 councillor Brenda Hansen,
In one case, she told the meeting, City sanitation workers responding to residents’ complaints about blocked pipes had found plastic bags, nappies, sanitary pads, bones, clothing, sand, building materials and even animal skins in the sewers.
The councillor urged the community to report illegal dumping.
“Help us catch these criminals who are polluting our communities,” she said.
“They are forcing the City to spend millions of rand to clean up their dirty deeds, whereas that money can be spent more effectively on service delivery.”
She is drafting a plan to educate her constituents about the harm illegal dumping does.
Councillor Xoliswa Pakela-Mapasa, said illegal dumping in Wallacedene gave her headaches.
The City, she said, had run awareness campaigns in the area but with only limited success. “The mindsets of these people in our communities need to change. We have given them many opportunities and alternatives on how to keep their living space clean, but nothing seems to work. Even a pigsty is cleaner than some areas in Wallacedene,” she said.
Drains in Wallacedene were so badly blocked that sewage overflowed into the streets where children and animals were exposed to it, she said.
Environmental health official Reinhardt Avenant said illegal dumping in Kraaifontein got his “stomach in a knot”.
Illegal dumping was happening behind Shoprite in Van Riebeeck Road and other local stores, and with no one knowing who the culprits were, the shopowners would have to carry the cost of removing the waste or be fined, he said.
“Vacant plots in the Kraaifontein community need to be kept an eye on, any empty space residents take it as a dumping spot.”
Some areas, such as Station Street in Belmont Park, had been cleaned many times only for the dumpers to return.
He encouraged councillors to run public awareness drives and get residents involved in cleaning their streets.
According to the City’s website, R350 million is spent annually to clean up after illegal dumpers.
Illegal dumping is a crime. Those convicted face fines of between R500 and R10 000 and six months to two years in jail.
Call 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report illegal dumping.