Waste: ‘Pmb can do better’

2011-11-24 00:00

THE Deputy Minister of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has seen some improvement in the state of cleanliness of Msunduzi, but he believes more needs to be done to improve the city’s image.

Pietermaritzburg-born Yunus Carrim was on an official visit to the city yesterday to raise awareness about the “Clean Cities and Towns Programme”, which he launched in the capital in May.

Carrim was addressing a packed hall in Imbali Unit 1 after he had planted Natal mahogany trees at Edendale Mall and Imbali.

Traditional healers use the mahogany trees to treat low back pain.

Carrim handed over 200 rubbish bins to the greater Edendale community.

“It is particularly apposite that we are here today, as it is less than a week to the major United Nations international Conference on Climate Change, COP 17, right here on our doorstep, eThekwini,” said Carrim.

He said there are many reasons for climate change, but basically it is happening because of the abuse of natural resources and their destruction of the environment.

Climate change is being caused “through burning what are called fossil fuels — gas, coal and oil, which we use in our work, our private lives and in public spaces.

“Every time we use these fuels we release carbon dioxide,” Carrim said.

He said trees and plants can absorb limited amounts of carbon dioxide.

“This programme provides support for municipalities to collect waste, especially from poor communities where there are unserviced areas for waste collection,” he added.

He hopes to roll out the “Clean Cities and Towns Programme” in all municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

“It has made progress in Johannesburg, Komatipoort in Mpumalanga, and Mbashe and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape so far,” said Carrim.

He said Msunduzi, regrettably, has not been seen as a clean city, and although there have been improvements recently, much more can certainly be done.

“Msunduzi, together with uMgungundlovu [District], needs to use this campaign to actively address its litter challenges,” said Carrim.

He said a clean city will contribute to improving the morale of the residents.

“It will also help to create a better functioning city . It could even contribute to better prospects for investment and growth.

“So if this campaign is necessary in all municipalities, it may be more so in this municipality with its huge potential and significance,” he said.

thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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