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Metropolis of Joburg has a 48-hour reprieve to barter extension for its automobile fleet

Johannesburg is working to maintain rental firms from grounding its fleet. Most affected are Public Security autos and Water Division autos.

  • The Metropolis of Johannesburg will reply to an inventory of points from rental firms in a bid to maintain its fleet.
  • Afrirent and Avis won’t withdraw its autos for 48 hours whereas it negotiates with the Metropolis.
  • The Metropolis is trying to lengthen the lease for a number of months because it kinds out the contracts.

To maintain its fleet from being grounded, the Metropolis of Johannesburg will reply to an inventory of points from Afrirent and Avis on Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday night, Afrirent despatched a letter to the Metropolis, advising that it was grounding its complete fleet from midnight that evening, on the recommendation of its authorized workforce.

On 16 November, Avis collected a few of its autos because of the expiry of the upkeep lease settlement with the Metropolis on 31 October.

The MMC for Group Company and Shared Companies, Leah Knott, mentioned on Thursday the Metropolis had negotiated for an additional 24 hours, and was assembly with the businesses later that day.

On Friday, Knott mentioned the performing Metropolis supervisor, Bryne Maduka, had met with the businesses – and so they had agreed to an additional 48 hours, so they might ship an inventory of points and considerations.

Knott mentioned the Metropolis was trying to lengthen the lease for a number of months, whereas it kinds out the contracts.

READ | Afrirent parks midnight grounding of City of Joburg vehicle fleet after 11th-hour meeting

In the meantime, on Friday, the Metropolis unveiled 41 new Pikitup tipper vehicles, which it mentioned could be used to fight unlawful dumping and, at instances, complement refuse assortment operations.

The mayor, Mpho Phalatse, mentioned the tippers price R60 million.

“To focus on the significance of this fleet and the work it’s employed and deployed to do, there are, at any given time, roughly 3 000 unlawful dump websites in Joburg, costing the Metropolis R80 million each year to clear, with littering costing the Metropolis R74 million yearly. 

“Working with the Joburg Metro Police Division, Pikitup is now additional empowered to clear unlawful dumping websites and implement by-laws like by no means earlier than, in order that we will name Joburg a clear and protected metropolis.”

The Metropolis has 2 169 Afrirent autos.

Afrirent is leasing 1 176 autos to the general public security division and 373 to Joburg Water. The remaining autos are utilized by different departments.

Avis had leased 560 autos to the Metropolis, however took again 19 of its 124 autos from the general public security division, and 175 of its 306 autos from Joburg Water.

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