Tarr: ‘Time to clean up city’

2010-11-29 00:00

RESIDENTS who are in the habit of blatantly disregarding city by-laws will be penalised financially.

This is the undertaking made by Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr, who said residents need to play their part in helping the city restore its badly dented image.

Tarr said he is still shocked at the way the city was portrayed by Carte Blanche several weeks ago and the time has come to restore Pietermaritzburg to its former state.

“...the municipality is putting a plan together to clean up the city, not just of the filth all around, but also cleaning up the blatant disregard for the by-laws of the city,” he said.

A task team is being put together to handle the transgression of city by-laws, and among their targets are traffic violations, littering and dumping, illegal structures and illegal use.

Tarr told The Witness: “...we cannot do this alone — we need your co-operation and assistance … Start by keeping the area around your house clean … Take responsibility for your city block [and] don’t stack dirt on the pavements.”

Municipal officials are already on the move.

They started with the city’s clean-up programme on November 15 by visiting each block in the city centre, documenting various aspects such street trading, illegal connections and littering and dumping, to name a few.

Last Monday, a special multi-disciplinary clean-up team that includes the SA Police Force started zoning in on selected areas to enforce by-laws.

Said Tarr: “We are hoping that everybody will respond positively, so that we will not have to take drastic action.

“But I assure you that we are going to fine and charge people ... [so] let’s work together.

“Let’s make this a better place to live in.”

Tarr’s comments come hot on the heels of a meeting he attended last Monday at the offices of Venn Nemeth and Hart Attorneys (VNH).

It was an inaugural meeting calling for residents to play a role in the formation of a body to clean up crime and litter in the city.

Initiated by VNH director Guy Smith, the Clean City Project resolved to form a steering committee to assist in cleaning the city.

Smith also offered the services of VNH who will take on pro amico work to help the municipality with its fraud and corruption cases.

Stowell & Co. are also on board and other firms are to be approached.

 

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