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Refuse collection now an essential service in JHB

The JMPD has been asked to provide necessary protection services to escort appointed service providers.

FILE: Rubbish has been strewn on the streets of Johannesburg following another violent demostration in the city. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the rubbish continues to pile up across Johannesburg this morning, it's being reported that refuse collection is now being deemed an essential service.

The Star is reporting that amid threats and attacks on workers contracted to clean up, the City of Joburg has instructed the JMPD to provide necessary protection services to escort appointed service providers.

On Saturday night four workers were injured when they were ambushed by a group of people while collecting refuse.

They were working as part of an outsourced group implementing Pikitup's contingency plan.

Pikitup workers have been on strike for about a month now.

The company been paying about a million rand a day to hire private contractors to collect refuse.

It's also called for volunteers in the security sectors to help secure those collecting rubbish.