Adopt, beautify a city site

2012-01-31 00:00

ADOPT and beautify a site in Pietermaritzburg — however big or small.

This was the call from the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) to businesses yesterday.

The PCB urged businesses to invest in their corner of the city in a small yet very meaningful way, placing the Picture Perfect Pietermaritzburg (P3) campaign under the spotlight.

Although the city has experienced immense problems with regard to governance, the initiative undoubtedly has the potential to improve investor confidence in Pietermaritzburg.

PCB CEO Melanie Veness told The Witness that a prime example of what can be achieved is Chatterton Road circle, adopted by Netcare St Anne’s Hospital.

Five months ago, the hospital contracted McDonald Stuart Landscaping to take care of the site.

“We are serious about the project. Maintaining the site is very important for us.

“We went on tender, viewed presentations, including designs, and went with McDonald Stuart Landscaping,” hospital manager Louis Joubert told The Witness.

McDonald Stuart Landscaping landscape designer Mike Hammersley said that notable elements of the project include the use of indigenous plants.

The P3 campaign was launched in May last year. The initiative — aimed at cleaning and beautifying the city — is supported by The Witness and the Msunduzi Municipality.

Participating organisations and individuals include Next Boutique, Cordwalles Preparatory School, Sandy Combrinck of Re/Max, African Conservation Trust, Konica Minolta and Moffatt Optical. Veness stressed that these businesses are in varying stages of developing their sites.

“The opportunities for investment will be realised in a clean city, and residents also want to live in a clean city.

“Investment will be lacking without a good base of cleanliness and attractiveness. It’s always a good base to start off from,” said PCB president Paris Dlamini.

“There are a lot of passionate people in Pietermaritzburg who want to see it return to its former glory as the garden city. Many people own businesses and homes in this city and this kind of culture will ensure that our businesses and homes are worth more,” said Veness.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela stressed that the initiative does not absolve the municipality of its responsibilities.

“It serves to encourage us further, to ensure that we improve our service delivery. We understand that this is merely a support structure, and that our service level must be head and shoulders above this support.

“However, I must say that this is a huge gesture from business, and the PCB in particular,” he said.

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