Local pharmacist shocked by filth on Third Street

A local pharmacist says the filth near his pharmacy on Third Street in Springs CBD is increasingly becoming a dumping zone for surrounding local business owners.

“Since Saturday the bins have been overflowing and scraps have been left on the pavements, getting worse by the day.”

“We have people dumping their rubbish near my pharmacy almost every day which means I have to get my workers to clean their rubbish every morning,” he says.

Despite the rubbish being there every morning when starting business, the pharmacist says the local business owners have taken advantage of the fact that the metro collects the refuse on a weekly basis. This makes the metro waste brigades’ efforts to try and keep the streets clean, harder.

“This is also breeding diseases for many passers-by who use the street.”

Valencia More says she has had garbage lying exposed in front of her flat for the whole weekend with no one taking responsibility for it.

“The municipality should care more for its residents – we should not have to worry about calling them to do their job,” says More.

A metro waste brigade, Lindile Msibi, says even though they separate to clean the CBD, it never gets clean regardless of the hard work they put in.

“We wake up every morning with the goal to clean the streets, but at the end of the day we can never get it sparkling clean.”

“Local business owners and residents are not helping to minimise the current state that the CBD is in. Instead, they expect us to even remove scraps lying outside their shops,” says Msibi.

The metro had failed to comment at the time of going to print.

Palesa Mokhitli

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