Squatters cause headache for the Maritzburg Golf Club

2011-05-20 00:00

THE Maritzburg Golf Club is facing the serious challenge of squatters who use the course as a thoroughfare to the Lincoln Meade landfill to scavenge in the dumpsite and then burn the rubbish at the entrance to the golf course, which is adjacent to the landfill entrance.

The on-going problem prompted the management to install electric fencing to beef up security because some players felt unsafe.

“The major problem is the squatters who have built an informal settlement right inside the premises of the landfill and since they are not allowed to use the entrance of the landfill, they use the course as an alternative route to enter and exit the landfill,” said Graham Dickinson, the green keeper.

Dickinson said they had erected the fence and only needed to electrify it to solve the problem, but two weeks ago thieves broke in and stole the electric fence. “More money and time have been wasted because we have to replace the fencing,” he said.

He said the golf course was used as a thoroughfare with people taking advantage of the poor maintenance of the landfill fencing which is full of holes. Dickinson said recently someone jumped over the fence into their workshop and stole a bicycle as well as a battery charger.

“This is bad for business because we lose a lot of potential business because of these squatters,” he added.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson, Brian Zuma said they need to engage with the ‘Maritzburg Golf Club about their concerns.

He suggested that they set up a meeting to discuss the matter, so that they can work together in finding a solution.

He said squatters were a challenge facing the municipality and the country.

Zuma added that the landfill site itself will soon be receiving attention in terms of being improved and also making it a source to generate revenue.

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