Pikitup Strike: NCID tells City to worry about potential health risk

Areas such as Alexandra and Ivory Park have been identified as priority areas which will be targeted first.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says according to a report from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID), the city should be concerned about the potential health risks of the Pikitup strike.

A special operation has been initiated to clear illegal dumping sites that have been formed as a result of the three week long work stoppage.

Areas such as Alexandra and Ivory Park have been identified as priority areas which will be targeted first.

Last night negotiations between the City of Johannesburg and the South African Municipal Workers Union fell through threatening to see the strike over salary disparities enter a fourth week.

Tau says while the NCID report doesn't foresee any immediate threat, efforts to clean the city must be accelerated.

"We assure the public that we have assigned the head of our Emergency Management Services to run a special operation that deals with clearing all the illegal dump sites - particularly in highly congested, highly dense areas."

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