Residents to discuss Msunduzi problems

2012-09-12 00:00

THE Msunduzi Rates Forum (MRF) is holding an urgent public meeting today to discuss billings and rates in Pietermaritzburg.

There will also be discussion on poor service delivery by Msunduzi Municipality and the city’s cemeteries and crematorium.

MRF chairperson Babs Sithapersad urged residents to attend the meeting. He said that as long as residents were complacent, the municipality could do as it pleased.

Sithapersad said there was an urgent need to look at the valuation process, the affordability of rates and how exemptions were granted.

The city was plagued by service delivery problems, such as constant electricity outages, about which the municipality apparently felt no sense of urgency to restore power.

Grass cutting and street cleaning had become rare occurrences and when street lights failed they remained unattended for days.

Sithapersad said the service at the municipal offices in 333 Church Street left much to be desired.

“The phone service leaves you holding on for ever, and worse if you don’t like the music,” he said.

“The latest sad news is that our municipality is being directed by the national Treasury as to what they should charge or not charge the ratepayers and the indigent citizens.”

He said the MRF was also concerned about the problems surrounding cemeteries and crematoriums.

He described the cemeteries as being in a frightful state, overgrown with grass and wild plants, and said it was not easy to find where one’s relatives were laid to rest.

The meeting takes place at the Truro Hall in Khan Road and starts at 6.30 pm.

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