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Pikitup roped in to help clean Bekkersdal

Pikitup will help to clean up Bekkersdal on the West Rand in the wake of recent service delivery protests.

FILE: Police fire a teargas canister to disperse crowd in front of the shops during the Bekkersdal protest on 6 March 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government says it has signed a deal with waste collector, Pikitup, to help them clean up Bekkersdal on the West Rand in the wake of recent service delivery protests.

The community marched last Friday demanding that their Mayor Nonkoliso Tundzi step down after months of complaints about water and sanitation in the area.

Human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo says new toilets will be delivered this morning.

He says the new deal with Pikitup has created employment for 84 locals and will last for one year.

"This backlog is huge and we want to make sure that the township is cleaned to the level that will satisfy us. So Pikitup will work with the Westonaria Municipality, and this programme is going to continue for this year without interruption."

Last week, police were maintaining a heavy presence in Bekkersdal after protesters looted shops.

Small groups of youths started blocking roads and burning tyres after a failed march to the Westonaria Municipal offices.

Eight people were arrested and reinforcements were called in.

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