December 4, 2014, the Daily Dispatch reported that Buffalo City Metro had announced a R51 millionclean up plan.
The new plan, scheduled to start by March was revealed by Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, following a council resolution to fast track cleanliness issues. Ncitha said some of the R51.1 million would be spent on eight new refuse trucks, six sweeping machines, wheelie and skips.
BCM mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha said; “We are putting pressure on processes of procurement, the planning is already done. We want to roll out the project early next year at least by March, but it could depend on the tender processes.”
The dirtiest residential areas were identified as Duncan Village and Mdantsane, where residents dump waste illegally despite “No Dumping” signs put up.
“The most problematic parts that make our place miserable include Duncan Village.
“When it comes to that place we are not where we think we are supposed to be,” added Ncitha.
The sweeping machines will be used to clean suburban streets and the East London CBD. The Tractor loader backhoes (TLBs) will be used to clean cemeteries and illegal dumping sites and do grass cutting and bush clearance.