Hard-hit neighbourhoods get an extra sweep of the broom

2015-09-01 06:00

Sections of Gardens, Bo-Kaap and Oranje­zicht have been earmarked for top-up cleaning services.

This service will be funded through the ward allocation budget, says ward councillor ­Dave Bryant.

R50 000 has been allocated.

The services have already started and will run until July next year. If the project is successful the ward allocation funding may be extended for another year.

The areas all have a need for extra cleaning and are not serviced by an improvement district, he explains.

“The lower sections of Bo-Kaap are frequented by tourists on a daily basis, which has an impact on the environment and increases the pressure on City services.

“Lower Gardens is wedged between the upper City Bowl residential neighbourhoods and the improvement district areas. There are a number of homeless people living on the streets in the area, which increases the incidents of dumping and waste on the pavements,” he says.

Clean ravineThe Van Riebeeck Park ravine will also receive top-up cleaning, Bryant explains.

“I have been meeting with members of the neighbourhood watch in the Oranje­zicht area about the challenges relating to the high number of homeless people currently sleeping in the Van Riebeeck Park ravine. Along with interventions from social development and law enforcement, I have also committed to increase the cleansing of the ravine to ensure that the area is kept as clean as possible.

“The community itself is developing a plan to rejuvenate and improve the overall condition of the ravine which the City will support through ward allocation funding where possible,” he says.

Increasing the frequency and quality of cleaning in specific areas will help to create an improved environment for all users, Bryant believes

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