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New refuse compactor added to municipal fleet

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Sol Plaatje Municipality officially handed over two new vehicles to the cleansing and sanitation department.

A new refuse compactor was added to the fleet of vehicles at the municipal cleansing department. Picture: Danie van der Lith

SOL PLAATJE Municipality officially handed over two new vehicles to the cleansing and sanitation department on Thursday morning. The cleansing department now has one new refuse removal compactor and one extra bakkie.

According to the director of community services, Khuza Bogacwi, service delivery is a challenge in the sanitation department, as they do not have enough compactors for refuse removal.

“We have several refuse trucks in for repairs, and repairs can take some time. When refuse can not be collected on time, it leads to illegal dumping”.

Bogacwi further added that the new compactor will assist greatly in service delivery. “This new compactor is going to Ritchie as soon as we are done here to assist them in service delivery there,” he said.

The manager of the cleansing department, Dawid Leeuw, said that workers have to work late as a result of not having enough refuse removal trucks. “This new compactor will take a lot of pressure off the team and will be used on new planned routes”, he said.

City electrical engineer Orren Groenewaldt stated that all personnel that will be working on the truck received training on how to use the new vehicle safely.

“This new truck has a hydraulic automation system that is different from the older one, so training was given on how to use it. We also fitted safety belts onto the truck for every person to use, not just the driver and passenger. We also put in place a lock-out system where certain parts of the truck can only be worked on by a certain department, this is to make sure that only knowledgeable people work on the part they are trained on, thus increasing the speed of repairs and maintenance”.

The vehicles were handed over to the municipal workers, who took the keys and put the vehicles into service.

Management hands over the keys to the workers who will be operating the two vehicles. Picture: Danie van der Lith
Arno Moses started the new compactor and drove it to Ritchie to collect refuse there on Thursday. Picture: Danie van der Lith
A new bakkie was also added to the fleet. Picture: Danie van der Lith
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