PikitUp warns of waste collection disruptions

PikitUp warns of waste collection disruptions

The City of Johannesburg's waste management company, PikitUp, says residents could experience interruptions in the removal of their waste this week.

Jacaranda FM News

PikitUp has alerted residents that there might be disruptions in the removal of their trash. 

Former disgruntled employees of [email protected] are demanding that the City of Johannesburg employ them into the PikitUp system.

PikitUp spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi says a group of the former employees prevented workers from accessing or leaving waste depots on Monday morning.

"I am at one of the depots in Selby where our workers cannot get out of the depot because the former employees have gathered at the gate. There might be disruptions in the waste collection services in the inner City and other areas serviced by the Selby depot. Johannesburg Metro Police has been informed about this."

The prolonged battle of reemploying the workers commenced in April following Mayor Herman Mashaba's announcement that 1 400 workers would be insourced on a permanent basis.

According to the city's Omogolo Taunyane, 4 000 people are seeking those jobs.

Its understood that the disgruntled group is those people who failed to secure employment. 

Tuanyane says some failed to meet the requirements which include holding a valid ID document and references from previous employment.

"After verification processes which are currently ongoing we cannot insource all 4 000. We are working on some contingency plans just to ensure that there is a smooth transition."

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