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New fleet to clean streets

Agnes Kafula, Mayor of Windhoek, test driving one of the new solid waste management trucks that the City purchased from M+Z Group. The fleet is worth N20 million. (Photograph by Ogone Tlhage)

Agnes Kafula, Mayor of Windhoek, test driving one of the new solid waste management trucks that the City purchased from M+Z Group. The fleet is worth N20 million. (Photograph by Ogone Tlhage)

The City of Windhoek (CoW) will soon be cleaning up in style since their recent purchase of 10 new solid waste management trucks from M+Z Motors to the tune of N$20 million.
Hendrik Venter, Group Financial Manager, M+Z Motors said that partially automated loading systems had been fitted to these vehicles and no matter how the waste is loaded, it would get compacted within the truck. He said that the operational lifetime of a waste collection vehicle is not much different than for any other similar truck chassis or vehicle performing similar functions and that the key to prolonging the life of a waste collection vehicle is to perform regular maintenance and repairs as needed. Agnes Kafula, Mayor of Windhoek said, “The City is aware that a functional waste management system requires adequate resources in the form of fleet, the fleet forms an integral part of ensuring that your waste is removed from your households on a daily basis without fail and transported to a safe disposal facility.” “Therefore we celebrate another milestone, because despite the difficult economic climate that we face, we managed together with our partners in the private sector, M+Z Motors to supply this new fleet, and with proper care and maintenance these vehicles will ensure that waste is managed sustainably for the next 10-15 years,” she added.
Niilo Taapopi, Chief Executive Officer of the City of Windhoek thanked M+Z Motors for getting on board this initiative and for being a partner in ensuring improved service delivery. “Waste management is our responsibility and if we join hands with one common goal, the cleanliness of Windhoek will be unparalleled to any other city in the world, and we as a nation will enjoy the benefits that come with it,” said Taapopi.

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