Kumba invests R2.6 million for enhanced service delivery

The continuous management of waste is a critical control that…

The continuous management of waste is a critical control that ensures the health and safety of communities is not compromised. In order for basic waste removal to take place, routine and effective waste collection strategies need to be put in to minimize risk and impacts on residents and communities alike.

However, factors such as financial constraints and population growth often burden and hinder processes needed to collect and properly dispose of waste in a timely manner, which in turn negatively affects service delivery.

With its doorstep community experiencing these challenges, Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen Mine procured a new waste removal truck to bolster the waste management capabilities of Gamagara Local Municipality, which is currently facing waste removal backlog challenges.


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At a cost of R2.6 million, the UD E44 Quester Truck with Hyva Alpha 21 Compactor Body, was handed over to municipal officials to seamlessly integrate into the existing fleet of service vehicles.  With the capacity to haul 21m³ of waste, the new addition proudly stands as the largest truck in the fleet.

George Benjamin, Corporate Affairs and Social Performance Manager at Sishen Mine, elaborates on the significance of this social investment. “Service delivery serves as the cornerstone for community prosperity and must always be a priority.



Uncollected waste possesses a significant threat to the health and safety of our communities. As a pillar in our Sustainable Mine Plan, working commitment to fostering a healthy environment is deeply ingrained in our values. We believe that the addition of this new truck will ease some of the pressure on the municipality’s waste management team regarding refuse collection”.

Furthermore, the new refuse collection will come with a 2-year service plan to ensure that any breakdowns can be easily attended to.

Cllr Johannes Roman, Mayor of Gamagara Local Municipality expressed his gratitude by stating. “It gives us great pleasure to incorporate this truck into our fleet. Previously, we relied on smaller vehicles such as bakkies and trailers to try and reduce the refuse waste backlog.

With the UD service team’s workshop situated in in Gamagara, we can ensure that the truck is always on the road. We truly appreciate the relationship between Sishen Mine and the municipality. We will take good care of this truck!”

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