Mayor thanks PMB for enthusiastic response to clean up the city

2014-07-25 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Chris Ndlela said yesterday: “Thank you Pietermaritzburg for the enthusiastic response to the clean-up campaign.”

Ndlela took the opportunity during yesterday’s Executive Committee (Exco) meeting to express his gratitude to residents of the city.

His sentiments were echoed by Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thompson in a letter sent to The Witness (see page 8).

The mayor said the municipality was aware of its own responsibility to keep the city clean.

“The weakness on our side is the issue of serious enforcement of both by-laws and laws,” he added.

Ndlela pointed to the very successful integrated operation in the city four weeks ago involving the police, provincial and municipal traffic departments, and Home Affairs Department as an example of initiatives that would work. He said more enforcement was needed across the board.

Ndlela singled out the taxi rank in the Retief Street area.

“There are people who are illegally trading on the pavements and in the parking bays … we cannot allow such a culture of lawlessness to continue,” he said.

Ndlela added that there was a need to unlearn “negative” cultures such as littering. “We must continue on this campaign, not just for our own sakes, but for future generations. The time for finger-pointing is over.”

The mayor threw out a challenge to his citizens. “Lets spend 67 minutes every Saturday cleaning up in our neighbourhoods. It could be our own yards, outside our homes or in the neighbourhood,” he said.

According to Ndlela, given the goodwill on Mandela Day and the resolve it generated, he is convinced that come July 18 next year, there will be a much cleaner Pietermaritzburg.

“We are moving forward with the full understanding of the negative implications of a filthy city,” the mayor added.

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