Oudtshoorn, 19 July 2016 – The Oudtshoorn Municipality has recently not been delivering rubbish black bags to its 25 000 households quarterly as it has been in the earlier years. The Intervention team nevertheless, promises to raise the bar as the new financial year commences in July 2016 despite the financial constraints that are still lingering.
Residents did not receive black bags in the last quarter of the 2015/2016 financial year that ended on 30 June 2016, due to financial constrains the Municipality had undergone in the past two years.
Mr. Thomas Matthee, the acting director for community services, has undertaken that the services in the cleansing department will certainly improve - the total budget for refuse removal is R 15.4 Million for the 2016/2017 financial year of which R400,000 is set aside for the purchase of refuse bags. It is important to take note that an amount of R10.73 Million in respect of refuse charges as at 30 June remains unpaid by consumers and is thus adding to the financial woes of the municipality. “We are in spite of the outstanding debt devising plans to raise the bar on the delivery of the black bags to the extent that we intend to have the black bags delivered already in the first quarter of this financial year and in all other remaining quarters,” he said.
Meanwhile, the problem of shortage of vehicles for either removal of rubbish or cleaning of open spaces has been resolved since two trucks that have been broken have now been repaired. The Municipality has now four trucks available for cleaning and removal of waste while it only needs three trucks to work effectively. There are also two tractors available, two other trucks that are on repairs would hopefully be repaired in about a week’s time.
“Residents would have noticed that the volume of rubbish lying around in open spaces has been reduced considerably as open spaces being cleaned on a daily basis now. We trust that littering will also be minimal when the black rubbish bags have been delivered to households,” Matthee added.
“To control the problems originating from the non-distribution of black bags at the moment, residents are asked to use any plastic bags or rubbish containers to package household rubbish for removal and not only the black bags as it used to be.”
Citizens are also reminded that of the implementation increase of tariffs since 1st July 2015 as approved in the Budget passed by Council on 26 May 2016:
Increases in all categories of expenditure have been limited, all general expenditure items have been reduced with 5% and only repairs and maintenance expenditure have been increased slightly from the revised budget in order to meet maintenance and service delivery requirements and to protect the health of assets, thereby preventing current infrastructure from further dilapidation.Last published 28 July 2016