Durban launches cleaner city campaign

2014-03-10 00:00

MEN urinating in public, the lack of manhole covers, faeces thrown from windows, litter and condemned buildings should be a thing of the past if the eThekwini Metro’s latest initiative gains traction.

The “It’s My City, It Starts With Me” cleaner city campaign launched at the Durban International Convention Centre on Friday to 300 guests has as its underlying motivation that job creation and economic development are only possible once the city is clean and safe.

Mayor James Nxumalo said the city will take a zero tolerance attitude to litter, crime and drugs.

“We will implement our bylaws and this city must be sustainable, be a good place to live and attract business. We have been encouraged by the support we have already received by the public and business sector as we embark on the programme of cleaning the city,” said Nxumalo.

But the programme of cleaning the city and removing the “crime and grime” will require a sustained managed process, explained city architect Jonathan Edkins.

“This is a large programme, which we have had to divide into several parts. What we all accept is that we need to focus on job creation, narrowing the gap between the rich and poor, have a strong economic policy and leverage benefit from our assets, but the economy is completely dependent on the street cleaner. We have developed a smart city framework by researching cities globally and nationally, while looking locally at Umhlanga and the Point where there has been success. But before we can move further we must make the city clean and safe,” said Edkins.

He said from now on the council will be working closely with Metro Police to enforce the bylaws.

Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said the initiative is part of the city’s urban renewal programme.

I ssues facing eThekwini

• Illegal car guards/ car guards affecting city income through parking meters/ illegal car washers/ continuous bylaw enforcement i.e. parking infringements


• Defective street lights

• Aesthetics of street light poles

Signage & Advertising

• pamphlet distributors/illegal posters


• Weed removal/landscaped litter

Roads & Stormwater

• Vandalism of manhole covers/ theft of metal drain covers

Social Services

• Vagrants/ homeless people/ drugs and prostitution/ high volume of people loitering/ urinating and defecating in the public and faeces thrown from residential buildings.

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