‘Sheppie not neglected’ - HCM

2015-07-02 06:01

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) has acted strongly towards allegations of neglect published in the media recently.

“In regards to media reports recently the municipality would like to clarify that it has communicated with the Department of Transport in order to address the issue of fencing­ at the entrance of Port Shepstone town,” said HCM mayor, Cynthia Mqwebu.

A service provider, Masidlale Sonke Sport andamp; Development Aca-demy has been appointed to manage­ the Port Shepstone Borough­ Grounds.

The newly appointed service provider will administer and manage the facility for nine years.

Another issue discussed was the caravan park, where nine families live illegally.

“Five of the nine families were identified as destitute, hence the municipality allocated them temporary­ houses, which will be transferred to them soon,” said Mqwebu.

“The four remaining families will be evicted as per the attorneys­ appointed by the municipality due to the fact that they have failed to comply with several written­ notices to vacate the premises.”

Mqwebu also refuted claims that law enforcement officers have taken no action against driving school vehicles which park illegally on the public road, blocking motorists from entering St Katharine’s Anglican Church.

“Law enforcement officers enforce the law when any motorist is found to have parked illegally on a daily basis in that area, though the municipality concedes that the Port Shepstone town has parking challenges due to the fact that the town has grown,” she said.

“It is unfortunate that many issues are reported to the media instead of using our efficient customer service system.”

This ensures that customers are provided with regular updates via their cellphones after they have lodged a complaint.

Communities are urged to call the customer care line at 039 688 2027, or SMS 32061 or email services@hcm.gov.za (R1 per SMS).

The renovation and rehabilitation of the Port Shepstone beach front is complete, the installation of new environmentally friendly aesthetic­ lighting, and the Justice Park construction project is currently under way.

The multimillion rand transport intermodal facility is also at an advanced planning stage.

In addition to these, projects to upgrade the Port Shepstone Museum­ and the Port Shepstone Library­ are in the final planning stage. - Supplied

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