A COLLECTIVE effort is needed to ensure that the town of Tsumeb is kept clean at all times.
Tsumeb Health and Parks Manager, Glenn Kearns, said that if the community could simply play their part by maintaining a clean environment for themselves, garbage pile-ups would be a thing of the past at the garden town.
This comes after residents complained that the Tsumeb municipality is endangering their lives by failing to remove garbage that continues to pile up in their surroundings.
Kearns pointed out that most of the skip container are always empty as residents instead throw their garbage on the ground instead of putting it inside the container.
“Council has made efforts to supply the residents with skip containers, but people aren’t making use of them,” he said.
This was after the residents of Soweto last year handed a petition to council demanding for the removal of the garbage piling-up, which they insist is a result of the municipality’s continuous failure to regularly collect the refuse dump.
In the petition, the residents from an informal settlement further claimed that both children and adults are using the dumpsite as a toilet and that human waste is all over the site.
“Buckets which are used as a toilet are emptied at the site, which releases an unpleasant smell in the surroundings,” read the petition.
The petition further indicated that plastics and papers are blown in every direction and end up in yards of people, leaving the surrounding dirty.
Kearns insists that the population of about 9 000 to 16 000 residents between 2011 and 2013 has more than doubled due to mining opportunities at the mining town, therefore putting more pressure on the system.
Kearns indicated that the area of Soweto has become overpopulated, resulting in poor hygiene and pollution near homes and in streets.