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Pikitup: City puts measures in place to mitigate health risks

Mayor Parks Tau say the city has measures in place to mitigate health risks due to the Pikitup strike.

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 while there's no evidence of the spread of diseases like the plague, the City is putting in measures in place to mitigate health risks, associated with the rubbish that's piling up in the streets.

Workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been on strike for five weeks now.

They are demanding a monthly salary of R10,000 for lowest paid workers and the resignation of their managing director.

The city says it's hoping for an end to the strike by tomorrow, but it cannot preempt the negotiation processes at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Tau says they are in constant communication with the National Institute for Communicable Disease.

"Further tests have indicated that no other rot has been found to have has such exposure. That's notwithstanding. We've continued with measures such as dealing with spraying, controlling the areas, particularly Kaalfontein."

Meanwhile, the city said while its bolstering contingency plans to remove uncollected rubbish during the Pikitup strike, its efforts are still being hampered by intimidation.

LISTEN: Pikitup strike marred by violence and worker intimidation

Pikitup has urged residents to bag their rubbish, to avoid health risks.

Tau says uncollected rubbish is not due to neglect from the city, but rather intimidation by strikers.

"As you would know, this includes situations in Alexandra, some of them that happened two days ago and some of them over the weekend, of intimidation and gunshots against workers. So indeed it can't be as a result of neglect, as opposed to a situation of intimidation and threats against workers that are on the ground."

Tau says if Pikitup agrees to current salary demands, the City will have to fork out at least R3 billion more every year.

WATCH: Joburg Mayor Parks Tau won't tolerate messy Pikitup protest ...

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