Don’t litter condoms, asks Mayor

2011-07-19 00:00

MSUNDUZI municipal council delayed its induction course, which was due to start at 8 am, by 67 minutes yesterday to observe Nelson Mandela Day.

Mayor Chris Ndlela, clad in blue overalls and wearing gloves, led a clean-up campaign at the Jika Joe informal settlement and the Tatham sports ground.

As Ndlela got busy he noticed that there were many used condoms that had been discarded all over the field.

He said the sight of so many used condoms on the sports field signifies that the message promoting safe sex is being heeded.

But, he added, people need to advance to the next level, by disposing of their used condoms hygienically, in an appropriate place.

The mayor said communities have a vital role to play in cleaning their surroundings in order to create a healthy environment.

“Today is a big day for South Africans and especially the people of Pietermaritzburg because the city gave Madiba the freedom of the city in 25 April 1997,” Ndlela said.

“We need to go beyond the 67 minutes of doing good if we are to make a meaningful contribution to society at large.

“We encourage the people of Pietermaritzburg to continue cleaning the city so that we are able to attract businesses who will invest in our clean town.”

As part of Msunduzi’s commitment to the 67 minutes of good works, Ndlela said the council has adopted nine wards and that individuals within the council have adopted more wards.

“We adopted wards 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 33 and have customised programmes for wards 6, 9, 12 and 35,” he said.

Ndlela said Thandi Matiwane, the councillor for ward 35, visited the informal settlement that was destroyed by fire along Orthman Road last week to donate clothing and food to the victims.

In Copesville councillor Rachel Soobiah said three wheelchairs were donated to disabled people, along with food parcels and clothing.

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