More than four months after it was meant to have started, a R5.8m cleaning and greening project will finally begin after council gave the green light.
The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will start clearing illegal dumping sites and general cleansing operations across the metro, in mid-March after a motion to have the delayed project kick off immediately, was given the thumbs up. The cleaning and greening project would have created 200 temporary jobs between November and January. The move was intended for clearing of illegal dumping sites, litter-picking, bush-clearing removal of bulk waste and creating awareness around litter problems.
The motion was tabled by ACDP councillor Lance Grootboom and seconded by DA councillor Georgina Faldtman. While the motion was supported by the DA and the EFF, it was rejected by the ANC and its coalition partners. The project was meant to kick in on October 1, however, public health portfolio head Yolisa Pali withdrew the item twice in the mayoral committee, claiming it lacked information.
In a desperate attempt to ensure that the project finally got going, acting executive director Tsietsi Mokonenyane wrote to then acting city manager. Noxolo Nqwazi, asking that she intervene in the matter. Deterioration in cleanliness Presenting his motion to council Grootboom, who is the former public health portfolio chairman, said cleanliness standards in Port Elizabeth's townships, Uitenhage and northern areas had deteriorated as a result of the delays.
“Due to the increased level of waste during the festive season, illegal dumping has increased in the various areas.