City assistance turned down

Patricia van der Ross, mayoral committee member for community services and health

Four individuals have settled at these locations (in the vicinity of Howard Drive, Meadowridge). They have repeatedly been offered social assistance; however they have refused these offers (“Vagrancy, litter plague school, sports clubs,“ Bulletin, January 26).

The assistance includes shelter placement, reunification with their family, rehabilitation assistance and opportunities through the expanded public works programme, should they wish to migrate off the street.

There is an influx of individuals migrating to the area during the day. This, however, is for economic opportunities, and they then leave the area again in the evening.

Consultation with the neighbourhood watch took place, where the aforementioned was also confirmed.

• City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo adds:

Howard Drive bins are regularly serviced. City of Cape Town bins are currently emptied three times per week. The overflow is due to illegal disposal in the bins from surrounding residents and businesses. The City is reviewing this in line with the demand.

To assist us, we call on residents to please report those in the community who are disposing of residential or business waste in the bins to 0860 103 089, or

Pictures or video of the illegal disposal in progress will assist in proving guilt so a fine can be issued, and we can deter this behaviour in the future.