Rundu residents fume at RTC over uncollected refuse

05 Feb 2019 13:10pm
By Petrus Muronga
RUNDU, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – Frustrated residents of Rundu have expressed dissatisfaction with the Rundu Town Council (RTC) for its inability to collect refuse in residential areas for a period of up to four months.
A resident of Donkerhoek, Haita Pius told this agency on Monday that they have been living with waste for about three months now.
He said for him in order to empty his bins, he spends about N.dollars 100 a week paying the owner of a pick-up truck to offload his waste at the dumpsite.
“This is totally not good for our health. We all know that bacteria favours dirty environments and our children are playing in this dirt and we always have to be cautious and stop them from playing near the bins,” said Pius.
He further questioned why he was being charged for waste removal by the council when they do not carry out these services.
Another resident, Amalia Haingura from Millennium Park, also told Nampa that her refuse bin was last emptied in November.
Haingura reiterated the challenge of having to fork out additional funds to transport her waste to the dumpsite in addition to paying the council for the same service.
“If the council cannot provide for such a service, it should just refund us our money because they are not rendering the service we are paying for,” an angry Haingura stated.
Approached for comment on the issue, RTC’s head of community services, Fransiska Thikerete said the council does not have sufficient trucks to render its refuse removal service effectively.
It only has one skip container truck and one compactor truck, she said.
Thikerete said in order to remedy the situation in the short-term, the RTC has decided to put up skip containers in some locations where people are cooperative, and collect refuse in areas where people do not use the skip containers.
“We are busy preparing a waste management programme that still needs to be presented to the management committee to determine the short-term and long-term activities we need to do in an attempt to address waste collection,” she said.
She added that the council is also busy looking at how they are going to procure more wheelie bins for the locations that do not have bins and how to acquire more skip containers.