Waste management

Waste pickers create their own recycling centre

Talks to integrate informal waste reclaimers with the City of Johannesburg’s waste management have gone nowhere for three years


News | 12 March 2024

Rubbish piles up in growing Mfuleni settlements

More families moved onto land during Covid


News | 6 February 2024

Pietermaritzburg township plagued by raw sewage spills

Msunduzi Municipality blames ageing infrastructure, improper waste disposal, and illegal connections


News | 17 January 2024

Rubbish is building up in the streets of this Cape Town township

August Plaatjies is conducting a one-man battle against garbage


Brief | 15 January 2024

Unprotected strike leaves foul stench, piles of refuse across Mamelodi

Waste collection teams are being escorted by metro police in some areas amid violent threats by strikers


Brief | 31 August 2023

Streets in Durban township are covered in sewage

Ward councillor blames frequent sewerage blockages on residents throwing rubbish into the drains


Brief | 28 August 2023

Dunoon women spend their public holiday cleaning up other people’s rubbish

Garbage has been piling up in Dunoon for more than a month


Brief | 14 August 2023

Khayelitsha volunteers roll up sleeves to clean up uncollected rubbish

Residents say the contractor stopped cleaning over two months ago because of a dispute with the City


News | 1 August 2023

A month’s worth of garbage piles up on Dunoon streets

City waste removal contract ended on 30 June, with no waste collected since


News | 31 July 2023

Waste collection companies abandon contracts following shooting and threats

Fears for workers’ safety has caused two companies to stop collecting rubbish in the Philippi area


News | 14 June 2023

City of Cape Town to launch new unit to protect workers in Philippi

Reward offered for information leading to arrests of anyone targeting City staff


News | 17 May 2023

Surviving from a Pretoria rubbish dump

“It’s painful the way we live but we’re glad to be closer to the landfill” explains waste picker


News | 21 June 2022

Reclaimers in trouble with Tshwane metro over recycling site

City in talks with reclaimers’ forums over finding a designated space for reclaimers to work


News | 1 February 2022

Eviction of Centurion reclaimers halted

Tshwane municipality told to fully comply with court order to provide group with suitable temporary housing


News | 16 November 2021

Elections 2021: Witzenberg a ‘model municipality’ tarnished by poor waste management and unemployment

Budget choices in Ceres favouring the administrative centre over neighbouring towns littered with potholes and sewage

Text and Photos by Steve Kretzmann

News | 30 June 2021

Gqeberha crèche shuts down because of sewage overflow

Activities at the building which also housed a soup kitchen, mobile clinic and church have also been suspended


Brief | 9 June 2021