A clean city for Durban’s visitors

2013-12-23 00:00

MORE people on Durban’s beaches this festive season means the hospitality and other industries will be kept busy.

But more people also means Durban Solid Waste will be kept busy as they ensure that the city’ beaches, parks and streets are kept clean.

The city has added 144 temporary workers to its staff contingent for the festive season to ensure that the impression holidaymakers leave Durban with is that it is a neat city.

The city’s head of Solid Waste, Raymond Rampersad, said their focus would be on the beaches, CBD, Umhlanga, Pinetown and Hillcrest.

“We are focusing a lot of our efforts on the beaches and as a result our staff will work non-stop. We have provided more bins along the beaches to ensure that we keep our city clean,” he said.

Supervisors deployed on the beachfront are fully aware of the standards required and the problem areas, he said.

“DSW has 2 500 staff with 400 of those deployed in Durban’s CBD. But with visitors in town, an additional 50 temporary workers are assisting the staff. During the festive season over one million people will walk past the Warwick Junction area and the level of waste is high,” he said.

Working hours have been extended and they city is maintained by two shifts, providing an 18-hour service (6 am to 11.30 pm). Rampersad said a provision has been made to overlap shifts should the need arise. “Our operational services will continue as normal during the festive season.”

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said they want to ensure that holidaymakers enjoy their time in a clean city.

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