Keetmanshoop refuse routinely not collected

03 Nov 2014 14:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 03 NOV (NAMPA) – Refuse in Keetmanshoop often remains uncollected on the scheduled collection days.
An entire week or two frequently pass without rubbish being collected, resulting in trash overflow and an intolerable stench throughout the town in the often hot southern climatic conditions.
Roaming dogs usually also have a field day, further strewing the excess rubbish.
The collection for the Keetmanshoop town area was not done last Thursday, with one business owner bitterly lamenting this state of affairs.
“We are tired of this; we are tired of the municipality not doing its work,” fumed the owner, who asked to remain anonymous.
The erratic and unreliable refuse removal schedule is a regular complaint and talking point within the Keetmanshoop community.
Approached for comment on Monday, acting municipality Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Quinton Visagie said he is aware of the complaints.
“Yes, we receive lots of complaints, and I have to be honest, I am not proud of it,” he noted.
Although he said he could not provide an explanation why the refuse was not collected last week as he was out of the country, he admitted that the perpetual delays in refuse collection was a recurrent state of affairs.
He blamed the problem on the lack of enough refuse removal trucks.
“We have an allocation of two trucks, but one often experiences mechanical problems, leaving us with only one to use for the whole of Keetmanshoop,” he explained.
Visagie said the municipality has budgeted for a new truck, and will acquire one “in the near future”.
He admitted that supervision in the various service delivery departments of the municipality could also improve.
“We are working very hard at addressing these shortcomings”, he countered.