Cape Town issues ‘Christmas box’ warning

Posted On December 1, 2006

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If you want to pay a “Christmas Box” to your refuse removal men do, but report Cape Town Council employees who try to insist that you fork over cash.

That’s the word from the City of Cape Town, which has a policy that strictly forbids Solid Waste personnel and other service staffers from asking residents for end-of-year donations. Members of staff transgressing this instruction will face disciplinary action.

“Problems have arisen where people posing as Council staff have asked for money, sometimes rudely, or threatened that waste will not be collected if the demand is not met. Council will not tolerate such behaviour and have instructed all staff that soliciting “Christmas boxes” or donations is forbidden” said Lionel Roelf, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services.

He asked that residents report these incidents on tel 0860 103 089 from 8am to 4.30pm.

“The date, time, place and staff identity number and/or vehicle registration number must be provided” Roelf said.