Council cuts overgrown grass at library

2016-02-23 06:00
BEFORE: The overgrown grass and weeds outside the New Germany Library. Photo: nosipho Mkhize

BEFORE: The overgrown grass and weeds outside the New Germany Library. Photo: nosipho Mkhize

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ETHEKWINI Municipality took swift action to cut the unkempt, tall and uncut grass at the New Germany Library recently after they were contacted by the Pinetown Fever.

The Fever received numerous complaints from residents prior to them taking action.

According to a patron, who wished to remain anonymous, the long grass outside the library makes the yard look very untidy and unkempt.

“I have been a library member for a long time and the conditions of the grass calls for serious attention. I had to speak to the management about the issue and unfortunately they need to first inform the eThekwini Municipality in order for the library to get grass cutters.

“The department also said the New Germany Library management need to get three grass-cutting quotations and send it through to the department, who will then get grass cutters to do the job, but until then the situation will remain the same.”

Another patron from Clermont, Ernest Xaba, said the long grass causes problems for patrons because it attracts snakes.

“I often use the New Germany Library because it’s peaceful and it has a lot of resources. The cleanliness inside the library is up to scratch. However, when you enter the library gates one can tell that no one is looking after the yard and the grass is getting longer, which will attract snakes.

“That will cause problems for us as patrons because we will no longer be safe. The municipality should do something about this,” said Xaba.

Patron Thandeka Zungu said not only will the long grass attract snakes, it makes it an easy place for criminals to hide.

“The municipality must react fast and call for contractors to cut the grass because the little rain we have in Durban will cause the grass to grow faster. I believe the New Germany Library is facing a huge problem because if the grass keeps growing it will soon be a hiding place for criminals. We pay rates, electricity and water, but they fail with service delivery.”

The Pinetown Fever contacted the eThekwini Municipality regarding the grass cutting at the library and Tozi Mthethwa, head of communications, responded: “The community and emergency services committee has taken note that the Department of Parks, Leisure and. Cemeteries has been experiencing delays in appointing service providers to undertake grass cutting and bush clearing services.

“The delays are a result of the stringent supply chain management procedures that have to be followed to ensure that public funds are used effectively and are accounted for.

“In a bid to avoid any further delays, a recommendation has been made that co-operatives be appointed, under Section 36.

“The co-operatives for a period of six months will oversee and administer public funds to ensure that service delivery continues.

“This first grass cutting has finished and the second grass cutting cycle started on Monday 4 January to 12 February. The third grass cutting cycle will start on 14 February and will end on 25 March.”

For more information on verge and grass maintenance phone 031 403 1353 or 031 767 3908 or email sizakala@durban.gov.za

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