Electricity department ‘tree hackers’ mutilate Mills Circle

2013-08-22 00:00

WHILE the Msunduzi Municipality is intent on beautifying the city for its 175th birthday this year, there are team of tree hackers in the electricity department that are mutilating the landscape.

Residents of Mills Circle in Hayfields left home to go to work earlier this week passing through an avenue of trees. They returned to stumps in the ground. Ward councillor Sandy Lyne, who was inundated with calls, said she was horrified when she saw how the trees had been mutilated. “This is another example of the municipality’s poor management and incompetent staff. A good manager would give his staff clear specifications and ensure that they were competent to carry them out.”

Environmental activist Nora Choveaux, who was also contacted by residents, did her own investigation. It seems a team from the electricity department are doing the rounds with the specific instruction to prune trees that are hanging too close to overhead electrical wires. However, the team are apparently new and have allegedly not been adequately trained. Instead of pruning the branches, they are hacking their way through the city’s trees.

Residents who spoke to The Witness are very worried that their trees may not return to their former glory. They are pleading with the municipality to train the pruners so that the city’s landscape is not forever defaced by mutilated trees. Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma said he had sent a query to the electricity department to find out what had gone on with the trees. However, due to the massive power failure in the Northdale area yesterday, which saw everyone in the department involved in working on the problem, it was impossible to get a response. He said he would speak to them and send a response to The Witness in due course.

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