JOHANNESBURG - City of Johannesburg waste management entity Pikitup managed to double its work force and equipment to clean and remove large quantities of waste strewn all over the city’s streets by protesting foreign nationals, who also attacked police officers, this week, the city said.
The night shift team responsible for cleaning and sweeping Rahima Moosa, Risik, Nugget, and Lilian Ngoyi streets normally consisted of a group of 10 employees with one compactor truck, mayoral committee member for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager said on Saturday.
However, due to the amount of waste that was illegally scattered in the streets of the inner-city, Pikitup had to make adjustments to clean the affected areas, he said.
"As a result, 40 employees were deployed to the affected areas, complemented by two compactor trucks, two tipper trucks, and a bobcat truck. The increased staff complement managed to remove and clear the large quantities of waste that were illegally dumped in the affected streets."
The same number of employees were deployed on Friday in the affected areas to ensure that the achieved cleanliness levels were maintained.