Cape Town cleansing boosted by more than 200 new vehicles

28 Jul 2023 in Where We Govern

Vehicles involved in the City’s waste management are extensively used and in high demand for waste removal operations. The delivery of 219 replacement vehicles will help ensure cost-efficient service delivery. Read more below:

During the 2022/23 financial year, the City of Cape Town’s Urban Waste Management (UWM) Directorate made a strong effort to revitalise its fleet to maximise availability and in turn, optimise service delivery.

The planned fleet and plant capital replacement budget are based on economic lifecycle management best practices to ensure that the fleet is operated at the lowest cost per unit of operation, which will reduce breakdowns and maintenance costs.

Between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023, an intensive period of procurement saw a total of 219 vehicles of various types delivered to the City’s UWM Directorate.

The new fleet includes:


Compactors (R126,2 million)

  1. 24 standard compactors for collections
  2. five small compactors for cleansing

Trucks (R67,5m)

  1. 46 trucks for cleansing

Earthmoving equipment (R23,7m)

  1. seven earthmoving vehicles of various types for clearing illegal dump sites and City disposal sites

Light vehicles (R56,4m)

  1. 137 vehicles of various types


Approximately R274 million was spent on these new vehicles in total.

‘The 2022/23 financial year was a successful year of recovery for the directorate in terms of our fleet management. Good work has been completed to arrest negative trends in vehicle availability, and we now have a solid footing to deliver services at a level which our residents expect. We are also in a strong position to contend with any future challenges that may arise,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Grant Twigg.


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