Rochelle De Kock
The Herald (South Africa)
August 29, 2012
THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s public health department cannot render proper waste management services to residents of the metro due to ageing and broken refuse collection trucks.
The refuse collection trucks are managed by the city’s fleet management department and are therefore not prioritised once they break down, public health executive director Dr Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni said yesterday. She said the waste management division experienced several challenges which “impact negatively on service delivery”. “Most vehicles used by waste management are of a specialised nature and as such the availability of skilled labour and parts are limited. “The average age of the waste management fleet also leads to an increased number of breakdowns and this increases down time,” Chabula- Nxiweni said. “In the event of down time of municipal vehicles, fleet management services attempts to hire vehicles from external sources, normally at a much higher rate per hour. “For the past two years no funds have been approved for the purchasing of new vehicles,” she said in her report to councillors yesterday. Chabula-Nxiweni said a reliable fleet was needed to render “an effective and stable waste management service”. She said she wanted the function of managing the waste fleet moved to her directorate. DR MAMISA CHABULA-NXIWENI
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