What can be done to keep the city clean?

2017-09-27 06:00
Rubbish in front of the municipal building in Church Street.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Rubbish in front of the municipal building in Church Street.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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RUBBISH is being dumped illegally and regularly in many areas around Pietermaritzburg, making it difficult for municipal­ workers to keep up with maintaining a clean town.

They clean at night, but when they return in the morning the rubbish is back in the same place.

The situation has become worse with vagrants leaving rubbish and paper wherever they go.

Maritzburg Fever spoke to people to find out if they had a solution for keeping the city clean and litter-free.

Sthabile Ndlovu, who lives in Pietermaritz Street, said the community also has a role to play in keeping the city clean.

“It is sad and embarrassing that as the capital of KwaZulu-Natal we have such a dirty town.

“What is more sad is that we think it is the municipality’s responsibility to keep the town clean.

“We need to play an active role in keeping the town tidy because we are the ones who sometimes litter.

“There are bins on every corner, but we don’t use them.

“We need to love our city and keep it clean,” she said.

Alfred Mhlongo, who lives in East Street, said there should be a strict law against people who dump rubbish instead of using the bins provided.

“Business people also need to play a big role and clean where they operate.

“No one will want to visit a city like this if this problem is not dealt with soon.”

Ward 27, which includes parts of the CBD, councillor Manqoba Ngubo said he frowns upon illegal dumping.

“People must report those who dump illegally and the municipality must take action.

“There are designated days for rubbish to be taken outside so municipal workers can collect it.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the city clean.”

Msunduzi Municipality Spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha encouraged citizens to use bins and not throw litter in the street.

“The city belongs to all who live in it. Let us keep it clean.”

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