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Counting the cost

Overstrand was once at the forefront of refuse recycling, but due to extensive damage to the transfer station and Walker Bay Recycling Plant during recent riots no recycling can be done in the near future.

The damage has resulted in a number of job losses and has also had an adverse effect on the Recycle Swop Shop where children could exchange recyclable materials for snacks, stationary and other valuable items.

The municipality is currently exploring various alternative options to address the problem. In the meantime it is suggested that visitors drop their recyclable materials off at recycling plants in Gordon’s Bay and the Cape Metropole.

Overstrand mayor Dudley Coetzee revealed that damage to municipal property due to the riots amount to an estimated R39 781 590. The breakdown of the damages is as follows:

. Zwelihle Satellite Police Station - R1 345 126

. Zwelihle Library - R5 828 880

. Zwelihle Taxi Rank - R1 452 000

. Zwelihle Informal Trading Stalls - R446 770

. Zwelihle New Housing Development - R1 751 788

. Zwelihle/Mount Pleasant Swimming Pool - R1 931 647

. Housing Offices - R6 277 255

. Hermanus Sewer Plant - R40 000

. Fence along Schulphoek Road - R399 833

. Transfer Station - R12 808 291

. Recycle Plant - R7 5000 000

TOTAL: R39 781 590

Coetzee added that this figure excludes costs to repair infrastructure such as roads and pavements. The cost of hiring a private company to protect municipal infrastructure such as municipal offices, which amounted to R1,7 million, is also not included in this figure.

The mayor condemned the destruction of stalls at the taxi rank and in Swartdam Road where entrepreneurs from Zwelihle plied their business.

Regarding the way forward, Coetzee said that the municipality would not engage in discussions “before law and order has been restored”.

“I am mindful of the call by the Minister of Police for engagements with all concerned. I however want to state it categorically that the municipality will not engage with people who take part in criminal activities. We should contest our political differences at the ballot box and we should all work together for the benefit and betterment of our communities,” he added.

“Now, more than ever, we need to work towards finding solutions for the challenges facing us, especially the housing issues - bearing in mind that there is no quick fix.”

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