For many years the city of Francistown has struggled to collect garbage and keep the city clean with a fleet of refuse collection trucks more than 10 years old.
Last week the civic leaders were smiling ear to ear as they unveiled three brand new 20 tonnes self loading refuse compactors worth a whooping P4.2 million.
“ Today as a local authority we are delivering, what we long promised the residents of this city.
Last year we came up with a waste management strategy because of the burning issues the city was facing.
The city was expanding and we saw an increase in government institutions, a lot of illegal dumping of rumble around the city while we had only four compactors from a fleet of 14 compactors,” said the Mayor James Kgalajwe.
To mitigate the situation, city council cancelled its P7 million litter picking tender, and diverted the funds to its waste management strategy.
“We were not getting any value from the litter picking tender.
So we divided the P7 million into two parts and allocated P3 million to outsource the collection and disposal of waste by private contractors.
The rest was challenged to buy the compactors,” Kgalajwe said.
Funds permitting, FCC intends to buy more refuse compactors to replace the decade old fleet which is constantly bogged with innumerable breakdowns and lack of spares.
“However, our main intention is to eventually outsource waste collection for the whole city.
And as a local authority our role would be to monitor contractors.”
Turning to the contractors who had been awarded the tenders, Mayor Kgalajwe appealed to them to do their job well and not fail government or the city council.
“We are outsourcing because we want the private sector to grow. It is also believed it is you who can do this job better,” continued the Mayor.
The three refuse compactors were bought at P1.4 million each from Zambezi Motors, while One time Enterprises, Hyprop, General Waste and Phat Enterprises were contracted to collect and dispose waste from designated areas in the city.