Expect a police officer to come knocking next time you decide to illegally dump your trash in Phakalane.
To combat an ongoing problem of illegal dumping in Phakalane, the property developer that is building the upmarket suburb, Phakalane Estates (Pty) Ltd has employed casual workers to take down registration numbers of trucks offloading garbage at undeveloped parts of Phakalane.
Phakalane Estates Managing Director, Lesang Magang confirmed this week that they had taken down at least 200 registration numbers which have been passed to the police for prosecution.
He said the culprits will be given a choice between paying a P50 000 fine, serving a prison term of picking up their garbage and depositing it at Gazetted dumping sites.
A new partnership between Phakalane Estates, the Ministry of Enviroment, Wildlife and Tourism and the Botswana Police means that the police service will be prosecuting illegal dumpers.
Enviroment Minister Kitso Mokaila, his Permanent Secretary Dr Lucas Gakale and officials from the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control recently visited dumping sites in Phakalane where they promised stern action.