The residents of Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria took to the streets this morning in a service delivery protest. Police were deployed to the area.
City of Tshwane MEC for agriculture and environment Micheal Mkhari, says that they approved a march by a resident on Monday 21 August 2017.
We received a list of their grievances and we committed to them that we will respond in 14 days, in trying to address all the challenges they are facing.— Micheal Mkhari, MEC of agriculture and environmental in City of Tshwane
One of the apparent grievances is the high cost of refuse bins, which they do not want to pay. Mkhari says that there seems to be confusion with the bins.
According to Mkhari, the City approved the standardisation of services in 2012, including the size and costs of bins. He adds that citizens do not pay for the actual bins.
We don't charge people for the bins. The bins remains the property of the City. What we do charge is R289 for the weekly waste removal.— Micheal Mkhari, MEC of agriculture and environmental in City of Tshwane
Makahri says they charge for waste removal, because this service is outsourced. There are considerations made for people from lower income households to pay less for this services according to Makahri.
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