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Pikitup introduces double shift system to clear rubbish

Pikitup is working with other service providers to make sure all rubbish is cleared by end of the month.

FILE. Striking Pikitup workers affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike in the Johannesburg CBD, 10 March 2016. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says it's introduced a double shift system to clear the rubbish back-log by the end of this month.

The five-week unprotected strike by Pikitup workers was called off on Sunday.

Workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) were demanding better salaries and the removal of their managing director.

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu says refuse will be collected day and night.

"Another key thing that we're introducing is to make sure that the third party service providers are not removed from the operations and we're also working together to make sure that all the work is done until the end of the month."

"The system will comprise of a day and night shift to make sure that we clear the waste. This will be complemented by resources mobilised from all other entities of the city to remove the back-log by the end of the month."

The waste management company says it will continue using a contracted resource to assist with the clearing of the uncollected waste backlog by the end of this month.