Long grass on neglected plot are a fire danger

2013-03-04 00:00

A NEGLECTED plot in Merrivale, allegedly owned by a provincial government department, has angered neighbours who say it poses a fire threat in winter, and is a source of snakes and rodents in the summer months.

They also complain of overgrown verges and trees falling into their yards. The plot is on the corner of Anderson and Taylor roads.

Frustrated resident Hendrik van Zyl, told The Witness that he reported the state of the plot to the department to no avail.

The plot, in the centre of a residential area, is not being maintained by either the owner or the municipality, he said.

“What will happen to our properties if there is a grass fire in winter? Our houses will burn. The owner has to keep it presentable, even if it does not have buildings or a perimeter fence around it. The grass is now over one metre tall in places and densely overgrown with some form of climber.”

He said they were tired of the property being set alight year after year during winter and panicking if the embers come across their walls towards their homes.

He said the property was a haven for snakes and rodents and that he had to keep putting out rat poison. “I can’t keep up with trying to get rid of the infestation in the ceiling,” said Van Zyl.

The ward councillor Bongani Zuma told The Witness that he understand that the plot belongs to the Department of Education. “I am shocked that the community reported this to the newspapers.” He said previously they had raised their concerns with him and he would arrange with the parks department to cut the grass on the plot.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they don’t know anything about this plot.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.