Gauteng News

Illegal dumping poses health risk to Soshanguve South

The ongoing illegal dumping on Aubrey Matlala road, Block L, Soshanguve south infuriates residents. Gauteng News visited the area last week. Oupa Makeka, a street vendor said the piles ofsmelly rubbish attracted flies, cockroaches and rats.

“Illegal dumping affects me with bad odour, I develop health issues due to rotten items dumped here and the municipal dustbin truck collector take few weeks to refuse. It’s been three weeks since this rubbish has been here and it has now attracted rats,”said Makeka. 

Makeka said his business is impacted negatively due to bad smell from uncollected bins.

“Pavements are full of rubbish that are not collected and residents and students from TUT walk away from the road because the pavement are not suitable for walking. Sometimes I use my own money to employ a cleaner but I am paying rent to the municipality whose officials are aware of this issue” said Makeka. 

A student from TUT, Hlamulo Sehlangu, said the smell in the area was unbearable.

“The smell is terrible and bad for health of residents. This is the main road which we use  to access the bus or mall. We are forced to inhale this bad smell which can cause diseases”, said Sehlangu. 

Elsie Chabalala, a ward councilor of Block L, said she’s been doing her best to keep the area clean but community members were not cooperating.

“I tried to make sure that the place is clean working with the clean waste removal department truck of refuse collectors to do their work.  However community members keep on litteringeverywhere, they don’t adhere to keep the place clean but I am working on another way to encourage the community members to keep the community clean,” said Chabalala.  

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