GCC introduces refuse collection levy

Eyesore: Waste often lies uncollected in Gaborone, raise health hazards
Eyesore: Waste often lies uncollected in Gaborone, raise health hazards

The Gaborone City Council (GCC) wants each household in the city to pay P10 per month for waste collection from next April as a way of trying to improve the troubled service.

City mayor, Kagiso Thutlwe, said the levy was an effort to end the traditional troubles of refuse collection in the capital.

“This arrangement is viewed as one of the opportunities through which GCC could generate income which could be used for improving waste collection services,” he said.

Thutlwe said in the past three months alone, the capital’s collection rate had been fluctuating between 65 and 80 percent, triggering a storm of public complaints.

“It is very unfortunate that we have not been able to keep our fleet on the roads as one would expect,” he said.

“This is mainly because some of our trucks are too old for the nature of service, hence they experience frequent breakdowns.”

He said in line with a decentralisation policy, Gaborone has been divided into three waste management areas, each with a station manager and complementary waste collection fleet.

“The upkeep and general cleanliness of the city is everybody’s responsibility. The GCC has challenges in keeping up with the standard of cleaning the city. Let us not add to it through illegal dumping,” he cautioned.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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