The rubbish bins in many communities of Phoenix, Verulam and Tongaat.
While many of the municipality waste service workers are unhappy over the re-grading process disposed to uMkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans, many of these members have discarded their operations.
With the ongoing strike, households in and around Phoenix area have been left with rubbish piling up.
One frustrated Northcroft resident, who refused to be named, expressed his fury at the health hazard.
“It has been two weeks since the municipality waste workers came to pick up the rubbish. The dogs have torn into the rubbish bags and our neighbourhood looks filthy. These rubbish bins are attracting rats as well as snakes,” the resident pointed out.
Another Redfern resident, who also refused to be named brought up how failure to collect rubbish bags poses a health risk to the community.
“There is a good reason why municipal dumping sites are situated away from the communities. Failure to remove this rubbish will only result in the contraction of deadly diseases,” the elderly Redfern resident said.
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“We have children playing in the streets and they are the first people who will contract any infections or diseases that these piling up rubbish bins,” he said.
Speaking to the media, eThekwini Municipality’s city manager, Sipho Nzuza, assured residents and businesses that the municipality is doing everything in its power to ensure that services are provided unwaveringly.
Nzuza also revealed that private contractors have been sourced to assist in restoring services.
“We are appealing to residents not to take out their refuse until the strike is officially declared over. We request that all refuse be kept within properties,” Nzuza said.
The eThekwini Municipality urged all its employees to resume their duties immediately, while the labour dispute is being deliberated. Nzuza also pointed out that the principle of no work and no pay is applying to all workers participating in the strike.