All urged to adopt a clean-up spot

2014-07-15 00:00

CLEAN-UP campaigners looking for a spot to adopt, could consider the vacant piece of land in Boom Street behind Russell High School.

There is also a call on residents living in the upper area of Boom Street between West and Pine Streets to heed President Jacob Zuma’s words and join the campaign.

Rosemary Wright has over the years written letters to The Witness drawing attention to this plot that is not only being used as a rubbish dump but has become a hangout for prostitutes.

In her latest letter she said: “Prostitutes still ply their trade there and go behind the wall with no shortage of willing customers. Are people so desperate that they are willing to have sex surrounded by dirt and rubbish?” she asks.

According to Wright, the municipality did clean up the site at the beginning of July, but barely three days later, the dumping and the littering resumed.

She has a number of helpful suggestions, that could apply to other areas as well.

Wright suggests that the municipality hand out free black bin bags once a month to every household to help residents keep their areas tidy. She, like many others, also believes that there should be fines for litterbugs or some form of community service that would involve cleaning up messy streets and neighbourhoods.

Education in civic pride is another of her suggestions. Wright says: “Educate more people about pride, because although we tend to moan at the municipality about the messy and littered streets, it is also the responsibility of citizens not to litter or dump rubbish and to show pride and care for their surroundings. Until more residents of Pietermaritzburg show more pride in this city and it’s surroundings, I fear the law-abiding citizens are fighting a losing battle when it comes to having a clean and respectable City of Choice.”

Wright asked: “Does inner city life really have to be about grime, dirt and decaying morals? Is this the sort of legacy Pietermaritzburg is leaving for future generations?”

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