‘Filthy’ Chatsworth- no match for clean Transkei

A street in Transkei.

“Once a beautiful suburb, Chatsworth has now become a dumping ground. The community needs to clean up their act and refrain from littering and illegal dumping or else we will be facing a health catastrophe.”

These were the words of a local resident who is extremely concerned about the issue of dumping within several areas in Chatsworth. It is evident that the issue of illegal dumping has always remained unabated and many are now concerned about the various health risks involved.

FILE PHOTO: Dumping has become a serious concern in Chatsworth and the relevant authorities need to step in.

FILE PHOTO: Dumping has become a serious concern in Chatsworth and the relevant authorities need to step in.

“I recently visited the Eastern Cape and was amazed at how clean the streets are. Littering barely exists in the area and it angers me to know that despite the high unemployment rate in the area, residents still keep the area clean and tidy. Chatsworth is now referred to by many as ‘filthy’ and ‘disgusting’ as the streets have become more polluted with empty bottles, plastic bags, cardboard boxes and other trash items strewn on sidewalks, pavements, and pathways. Being a resident of Chatsworth, I am furious over the irresponsible behaviour of locals who continue dumping. Sometimes, the streets are not even cleaned for weeks on end and the stench becomes unbearable. This is highly unacceptable,” said the man, who wished to remain anonymous.

FILE PHOTO: An area in Chatsworth where trash has been dumped.

FILE PHOTO: An area in Chatsworth where trash has been dumped.

According to the resident, the community of Chatsworth needs to join forces and tackle this issue of dumping and littering head-on. “We need to stand together as a community and do whatever it takes to resolve this matter. It is an embarrassment that our suburb is being referred to as a dump and many are shocked to see that our residents live this way,” the irate resident said.

While in the Eastern Cape, the resident felt that it was necessary to take a few pictures of the streets and prove to Chatsworth residents that dumping is a serious issue in our area. Scroll below for the images:

 

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