Though I am happy that the Municipality want to upgrade the CBD right through to the Umgeni River and get Integrated Rapid Transport plan up and running. I can’t help but wonder if they can even do this.
It seems that even if we pay rates and taxes on our property, it only guarantees that the verges get cut once a year, or until election time (but I do write under correction as I can only write about what I have seen on the Bluff area, not sure how it is in other suburbs). Though some improvement has been made in the area near the Fynnland train station, it seems they do way below even the bare minimum. So where is the money going to?
I have used the current bus service to get into the CBD but now have to rely on a lift club because of the inefficiency of the current public transport system. The bus drivers make up their own routes, do not give tickets and pitch up when they want to pitch up. Hopefully, when the municipality takes over the service it will improve, but I am definitely not holding my breath!
If the upgrade does happen, where do they think all those whonga addicts will go to and other criminals? Most assuredly to Umbilo, Glenwood, Bluff and other surrounding suburbs. So now it will cost the tax-paying citizen more in preventing crime as we now need to make use of private security companies, higher walls and burglar bars. So where are the police? In some cases there are not enough officers to patrol (but I would like to thank all those officers that do make the effort as there are a lot of good guys at the SAPS who go the extra mile).
So eThekwini Municipality, my advice to you is that ALL suburbs need CONSTANT maintenance. You cannot focus on one thing and let everything else slide.
With that being said, we all need to help out and remember that we are all in this together. Look at the Kloof Community Policing forum and the Bluff Community Oriented Policing and many others that are doing something! We cannot afford the mentality of “oh well, let others deal with it”, we need to be proactive!