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Boosting Security Staffing at Metro Waste Disposal Sites



Boosting Security Staffing at Metro Waste Disposal Sites

The Tshwane Metro is considering a comprehensive approach to managing the risks associated with its dumpsites. According to metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo, this initiative involves conducting risk assessments for the dumpsites and subsequently formulating an emergency-responsive and preventative plan. The primary aim of this plan is to mitigate the occurrence of sporadic fires that have recently plagued many of the metro’s refuse sites.

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Mashigo emphasised that the exact cause of these fires remains unknown and is subject to investigation by the police. He also highlighted the requirement under Section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998, which mandates reporting arson-related matters to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Despite these challenges, all of the metro’s garden waste sites are currently operational and available for waste disposal. Operating hours for these refuse sites are typically from 07:00 to 17:45, except for Sundays and public holidays, when they operate from 08:00 to 14:00.

In response to the ongoing issues, the municipality recently announced its commitment to enhance security measures at all refuse sites and maintain its catch-up plans. Mashigo acknowledged that certain areas within the city have experienced difficulties in waste collection. To address this, the municipality is in the process of formulating a comprehensive plan.


In an effort to address the challenges, the municipality is actively mapping areas where waste collection has been disrupted from the normal schedule. Mashigo acknowledged the impact of an illegal strike, which has hampered waste collection operations and caused frustration among city residents.

Despite these obstacles, the municipality is determined to continue its waste collection efforts. Specialised plans are being implemented to address areas with the longest backlogs, including nighttime cleaning in specific locations. Additionally, security escorts are being deployed to support daytime collections and provide additional assistance in areas with substantial backlogs. The municipality remains committed to fulfilling its waste collection responsibilities despite its challenges, such as employee intimidation and threats to personnel and assets.

Source: Security personnel to be increased at the metro’s refuse sites

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