Municipality's grass-cutting programme begins with more workers and more tractors

2010-01-08 00:00

A CITY-WIDE grass cutting programme, involving permanent and temporary staff, as well as private contractors has commenced.

The city has been divided into three districts: Northern, Central and Western, and each district will be tackled by a work-force of 40 and six tractors. The areas and dates are listed in the programme, with each area being attended for approximately seven days.

In addition, four private contractors, who form part of the municipality’s annual supply contract, have been assigned to these areas:

• Copesville/Eastwood;

• Edendale/Imbali;

• Ashburton/Scottsville; and

• the course of the Msunduzi River.

Residents are requested to phone 033 392 3509 with queries or complaints.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell says: “I want to make it abundantly clear that nobody deserves to live in an unkempt city, and, therefore, this programme has to be undertaken every year during our summer months … council will have to allocate more resour­ces to such a programme, not, in my view, by increasing rates, but by reducing expenditure on less important items …”

• Log on to www.witness.co.za to find out when the municipality will be attending to the overgrown grass in your area.

PETER Clover writes:

I live at 51 Christie Road and there’s an uncut grass verge opposite our block of flats. We live at Norlyn. The uncut grass is on the corner of Christie and Clark roads. I have made two requests to the municipality to cut the grass but have had no response.

On December 31 I sent an e-mail to them requesting that the grass be cut by this past Wednesday, failing which I would go to the media.

At this time of year there is a distinct possibility of snakes lurking in the long grass.

We, as ratepayers, are sick and tired of paying rates for either no service or service of the shoddiest kind.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo responds: A programme has been made available to the media [and] each area will be attended to as soon as possible.

 

W. Maphumulo writes: I live in Institute Road. The ill-maintained verges and trees on this road have resulted in an unplanned plantation. In 2006, I verbally requested that the plantation be chopped down. I was then told to make an application to the Parks Department to come and cut those trees. I foresaw the delay and decided to do it myself.

In 2007 and 2008, the same thing happened. The year 2009 has come and gone and I am annoyed with cutting the trees, so my wife cut them. This street is neglected and the grass is not mowed. For a while I thought things would improve, but this has not been the case. We are paying rates, yet other streets, not this one, are being maintained. I cannot stand this situation anymore.

Ngcobo responds: Our parks and recreation unit will attend to this matter.

Acting district horticulturalist Hassan Ammo writes:

I would like to set the record straight pertaining to the article in Wednesday’s Witness, under the heading “Officials Don’t Seem To Care, say councillors”.

Firstly, I have responded to councillor Manilal Inderjit’s request and have cellphone records to prove it. We also have work programmes in his ward. Statistics are done on a daily basis.

Secondly, I have treated Inderjit equally with regard to his requests in relation to all ward councillors in the area that I manage.

Thirdly, I have tried my best with the available resources and the circumstances that we operate under in delivering an acceptable standard of work in the northern areas.

Inderjit also states that he’s been requesting a clean-up programme in his ward, which we have in place. Finally, we are trying our best with the limited resources and trying circumstances.

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