BMX track an eyesore, theft of equipment blamed

2011-10-12 00:00

THE BMX track that was built at Alexandra Park for training purposes before the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) BMX World Cup, which was held in the city earlier this year, has been neglected for months and is an eyesore.

The track, which has overgrown grass and verges and has seen fewer riders taking a spin on it at weekends, was paid for by the provincial government and is supposed to be maintained by the Msunduzi Municipality, while local BMX riders use it.

Insiders at the municipality are blaming the theft of equipment at the parks and recreation division, which is responsible for clearing verges and cutting grass around the city.

Insiders, who did not want to be named but are known to The Witness, said asset management and registry in that division is weak.

The sources claimed that some workers loot tools regularly to use in their own grass-cutting and landscaping micro businesses in their communities.

“One of the workers from parks and recreation was seen loading tools, including grasscutters and chemicals used to kill overgrown verges and grass. The matter was reported to his supervisor but nothing has been done.”

On Friday, September 23, while the municipality held its sports day at the Harry Gwala Stadium, a worker from the same division, not authorised to drive the division’s tipper truck, allegedly took the truck while the official driver was taking part in a soccer match and crashed it in town.

“He has not been reprimanded … Workers do as they please in this department,” added another source.

The division’s manager, Steven Naick, said talks will be initiated with formal BMX clubs in the city to take over the management and maintenance of the track.

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