Graveyard too wet and astro turf too dry

2013-06-17 00:00

Graveyard Blues

THE ghoulish image of skeletal remains floating down Chief Albert Luthuli Road has mobilised a host of municipal officials to jump into action. Well, at least I hope so.

It all started when local resident Bernard Mathey photographed the historic cemeteries in the city last week and came across “a swimming pool” at the Voortrekker Cemetery. He immediately called the municipality and was then frustrated by the need to provide an exact street number or they would not be able to attend to it, said Mathey.

His frustration was compounded when another staffer tried to help, but insisted on using the old street names and kept confusing the Voortrekker Cemetery with the Voortrekker Museum.

Mathey’s main concern was over the water loss.

“What we need is to have a responsible attitude and a spirit of co-operation, not a debate about whether a street number is essential before we can respond to saving water.

In the end I hung up and contacted The Witness,” he said.

A host of municipal staff were contacted and sent the image of the skeletal remains.

All the officials responded that the matter was receiving urgent attention.

It turns out that water leaks in cemeteries and parks are the responsibility of the Parks Department. The unit employs a plumber to attend to such matters.

Hockey in the dark

KATHY Pascoe, of the KZN Inland Hockey Association, says that the AB Jackson Hockey Centre in Alexandra Park hasn’t had power since Comrades Day, June 2, as a transformer blew up during the race.

After reporting the matter to Parks and Recreation on Monday morning and to the Electricity Department, she found out on June 7 that Parks and Recreation have to submit an insurance claim before the Electricity Department will fix it.

The Witness probed the matter and it seemed the insurance claim is still being processed. Apparently this being the end of the financial year and budgets having been exhausted have compounded the issue. Speculation is that the transformer may only be replaced in the new financial year — two weeks away — or when the insurance pays, which may be sooner. The delay has resulted in a huge income loss to the hockey association and a blow to hockey in the area.

“We are unable to have matches and practice on the Astro [turf] as it needs to be wet to play good and safe hockey. The office staff are having to work from home as most of our work is done from computers and e-mails,” said Pascoe.

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