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Residents slam Sol’s decision not to collect refuse due to rain

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Residents responded to the post saying that they will not be able to pay their municipal accounts “due to rain”.

File image. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality has again come under fire after a notice posted on social media that there will be no refuse collection on Wednesday, January 27, due to the rain.

Residents responded to the post saying that they will not be able to pay their municipal accounts “due to rain”.

“I will not be able to pay my account due to the rain, maybe next month. Apologies for the inconvenience caused,” one resident said.

“We will never be able to change the challenge of dumping sites in our residential areas if this is going to be how the municipality reacts to weather conditions,” another resident said.

“I have never known any company that uses the rain and sun for mitigation for their workers not to do their paid jobs. Sol Plaatje municipality is officially the best company to work for,” another said.

“What do they think happens in the northern Hemisphere where there is snow for months?”, they asked.

Sol Plaatje municipality spokesperson, Sello Matsie said that the municipality had to take the employment conditions of its employees into consideration.

“We cannot expose people to harm. In this matter, the weather is not conducive for the delivery of services. However, these are continuous services which will not end. We understand the unhappiness of the community but we will make contingency plans to catch up with the backlog,” said Matsie.

Matsie explained that it is not only refuse collection services that are affected by the rainy weather.

“Due to the nature of the weather, some other municipal services such as grave digging, sewer and electrical services are negatively affected by the rain. Municipal employees cannot dig graves when it is raining nor can electricians work on the electricity in such weather conditions. We would put their safety at risk,” he said.