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Emfuleni, where are the refuse collectors?

When I moved to the Vaal Triangle in 2012, I was one very happy lady. I loved the slower life of the Vaal, compared to that of Johannesburg where I had lived for five years. Vereeniging was also smart and quiet. Fast forward to ten years later, I can’t help but wonder why I made the move. The entire Vaal has lost its glory and is now nothing but a one huge rubbish dumping site.

Vereeniging CBD is overcrowded, dirty and noisy. There is a heap of refuse at every turn, some of the rubbish is becoming a health hazard, like the heap at corner Leslie and Beaconsfield Street in Vereeniging, right in front of the municipal offices, how ironic!

If you take a closer look at the garbage above, you will notice maggots sprawling everywhere, surely, this is a health hazard! What exactly is the problem hindering the refuse collection?

The sidewalks in the CBD are decorated with heaps and heaps of refuse. Vanderbijlpark and Sebokeng are no exception. Last week, I took a shot left to Saul Tsotetsi Sports and Recreational Centre in Sebokeng. Right in front of the building is another dumping site.

Should communities stand and wait for the Municipality to finally decide to clean up the mess? Below is an interview with a community member just infront of Saul Tsotetsi Sports and Recreational Centre:


About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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