Illegal dumping is a big problem and concerning to business owners in Erasmus Street.
One of the business owners has cameras outside his business and has captured several people on camera, dumping their rubbish illegally.
He said the problem started two years ago and he has reported it to Govan Mbeki Municipality several times and even to the Department of Environmental Affairs, but to no avail.
“The Department said I must send photos and affidavits, which I have done, they also said they will take it further and take these people to court, but nothing has been done yet,” said a business owner.
He has found mail in the rubbish and contacted some of these people and asked them to remove their rubbish.
He has also contacted companies and building contractors that dump illegally there, some of which denied it until this business owner said he caught them on camera and sent them the photos.
He also had an appointment with the municipal building control department, but to no avail.
From household goods to building rubble can be found at this new illegal dumping site.
There was even a Bible with the message: ‘Aan Michelle. Met baie liefde van Mamma. Jy is my ou sonstraaltjie, 14/09/2006’ found at the rubbish dump, as well as photos.
According to the businessman, there is even a man working at this illegal rubbish dump now who sorts the rubbish and hands it in for cash.
The Bulletin contacted one of these companies and spoke to the owner who said he was not aware of his workers dumping the rubbish there and the driver who dumped there had been fired.
Municipal spokesman Bheki Khubeka, said they are investigating the problem.