Slowdown of eThekwini municipal workers delays waste collection and cleaning services in Durban

Volunteers during a clean-up campaign in Anton Lembede Street in central Durban.

PHOTO: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP

Durban’s waste collection has been hit by a slowdown by eThekwini municipal workers who staff are organizing to protest against a cut in the overtime budget.

According to the municipality, employees of the Department of Cleanliness and Solid Waste in some areas embarked on an illegal slowdown after the 50% reduction in the overtime budget, which was implemented on Monday.

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“This slowdown is impacting waste collection and street sweeping services around the municipality,” the municipality said in a statement.

He added :

The City will investigate alternative measures to provide waste management services until the situation is resolved. The department is closely monitoring the situation.

The DA’s deputy caucus leader at eThekwini, Mzamo Billy, said the reduction in “exorbitant overtime expenditure” was supported by the DA.

According to Billy, “the system was abused” and the reduction followed an outlay of R150 million in overtime.

“It is common knowledge that the overtime payment system in the city has been abused and even left open to alleged political interference without management of consequence. Instead of ensuring the city is clean, the overtime system seeks to foster a flawed incentive structure that is clearly inflating the cost of cleanliness in the city,” Billy added.

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