Residents petition for removal of Panorama Pikitup garden refuse site

A photo taken by a complainant shows men believed to be illegally residing in the dumpsite. Photo: Supplied.


Townhouse residents on Pranticole Avenue in Allen’s Nek have had enough of the unbearably risky conditions caused by the activities on the Panorama Pikitup garden refuse site.

The issues raised by the concerned residents have resulted in a petition being drawn up in order to get immediate intervention from the City of Johannesburg.

The residents demand the removal of dump-site from the area since it’s situated within a residential area.

The petition’s coordinator, Jeannine Rabie, who lives in a nearby complex, outlined the concerning issues regarding the dump-site.

“The purpose of this petition is to seek intervention with regard to the unbearable living conditions the residents of the Abia townhouse complex, as well as the surrounding residential townhouses have to endure as a result of the activities on the Panorama Pikitup garden refuse site which is located very close to all these residential homes,” she said.

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Rabie gave reasons why the Pikitup site should be relocated. “It is important to firstly mention that this Pikitup site is located within a residential area, and thus causes unsafe living conditions for the residents,” she added.

Furthermore, this is ostensibly a garden refuse site, but not only garden refuse is dumped there which makes it unsightly, unclean, and unhygienic and it stinks. The litter (papers, boxes, glass, rotting food, packets) and furniture are not limited to inside the dump site – it all litters the streets outside the dump site and the open veld opposite the dump entrance.

If the Pikitup facility is full or does not open on time, the traffic congestion up Pranticole Avenue with trucks, bakkies and cars with trailers lined up outside the Pikitup gate means that none of the residents of the two complexes in Pranticole Avenue can get out of their own driveways.

To add insult to injury, the site operates heavy machinery throughout the day, and sometimes at night. The constant heavy traffic is degrading our road – potholes keep appearing and are a nightmare for commuters. There is a constant grinding of trees and other substances, and burning of all sorts of rubbish items. All these particles are then carried into the air, which means that we are constantly surrounded by a horrible stench, and are forced to breathe these particles in. After rain in summer, with intense heat the next day, the stench is unbearable.

The biggest concern is that there are people living illegally on the site. We often hear chanting and singing, and have to endure fights, shouting and screaming due to the consumption of alcohol within the site. Random police raids have not stopped them coming back.

Rabie also mentioned the channels that they have used to date to get the issue resolved. “There have been attempts to engage with Pikitup directly in the past, but such efforts were met with resistance or no response at all. We have also approached the ward councillor on more than one occasion over the last 3 years,” she concluded.

For more information on the petition, email [email protected].

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