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Pikitup says residents who have the means to have their refuse collected privately, should do so.

About 3,000 Pikitup workers have been striking illegally, for almost two weeks now.


Refuse has been piling up in many Johannesburg suburbs since the start of the strike sparking some frustrated residents to use private refuse collectors

At the same time, Pikitup says it’s spending a million rand a day paying an external service provider to help with the collection.

Meanwhile, some are taking matters into their own hands and making some money from it.

Wayne Jooste says, ““This week I would say I have collected about 10 to 15 a day. I receive about 30 to 40 calls a day and a lot of it, it’s people that I have taken from before and others, it’s new people.”

Jacky Mashapu from Pikitup says, “We have hired about 1,500 people to assist, it’s also a challenge you would know that our people who are strike there is about 3,000 of them  and to do the work of those people with such a low number is equally a challenge hence we are requesting residents to play their part in managing rubbish from household or wherever they are.”

Pikitup says it’s doing everything it can, but it needs residents to do their bit.

“Whenever they have excess waste and they have means, we have 42 garbage sites across Johannesburg they can dispose it there, free of charge.”

As the days pass and the rubbish piles up, Pikitup has vowed it won’t be intimidated by striking workers.


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