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Durban south community urged to manage waste properly following clean-up of illegal dump site with rat and snake infestation

ETTHKWINI Municipality said it costs the city millions to clear illegal dump sites and it poses a health risk to communities.

ILLEGAL dump site in Klaarwater south of Durban was cleared by eThewkini Municipality on Tuesday after residents complained about the rat and snake infestation. | Screen grab of video.

Published Mar 16, 2022

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Durban – The EThekwini Municipality has urged residents of the Klaarwater community in the south of Durban to dispose of their waste responsibly as it poses a health risk to communities and costs the city a huge amount of money to clear.

This comes after the municipality and community members gathered in their numbers to clear an illegal dump site in Ward 17 yesterday.

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“Illegal dump sites pose a health risk to communities while costing the city millions to clear. Residents are urged to dispose of waste responsibly, #@yourservic,” said the municipality in a video of the clean-up operation posted on the city’s Facebook page.

According to Ward 17 councillor, Sibusiso Khwela, the clean-up operation follows illegal dumping in an abandoned residence.

“Today we are here with the Ethekwini Municipality to fix the issue reported by the community of an abandoned house,” said Khwela.

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He added that the house became a dumping ground after it was abandoned when the owners of the property died.

Khwela said the dumping site has resulted in an infestation of snakes and rodents.

“We decided to heed the pleas made by community members who complained of a rat and snake infestation in the area, created by the illegal dumping,” he said.

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The councillor said this exercise was particularly important because they believe that communities should live in clean areas in order for the people to have pride and dignity.

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