Njilo calls the graders

2016-11-02 10:10
Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo watches over graders clearing the mountain of rubbish in the Jika Joe settlement on Tuesday afternoon.

Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo watches over graders clearing the mountain of rubbish in the Jika Joe settlement on Tuesday afternoon. (Ian Carbutt)

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The mystery of the Baynespruit bank polluter has been solved, according to Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo.

On Tuesday, The Witness reported an illegal dumping site in Eastwood behind Truck Den KZN at the back of MacDonalds Steel, across the Baynespruit.

Rubbish had been scattered along the banks of the river, with Eastwood resident Graham Tayler expressing concern over the health of the river should any of the waste fall in.

After reports of the littered banks, as well as the piles of rubbish gathering in the Jika Joe settlement, Njilo set out to clear the Jika Joe dump and find the Baynespruit polluters.

Wearing a suit, the Msunduzi mayor stood just outside the illegal Jika Joe dump on Tuesday, watching graders he had commissioned to clear the waste. With his polished shoes gathering mud and sludge, Njilo said that as soon as he saw reports of the two dumps in The Witness, he sent out graders to clean Jika Joe and find the Baynespruit riverbank polluter.

He said it appeared to be Truck Den KZN. “They are extending the factory and it seems they are throwing rubble and waste over the fence, onto the bank,” said Njilo. He said the company was issued a fine on Tuesday by the municipality, and the rubbish had been cleared.

But speaking for Truck Den KZN, Ashraf Mohamed they were not dumping behind their boundary walls and onto the banks and that it was people in the area who had been dumping litter.

Njilo said he had plans to make the city better, which meant he was often out of the office and on the ground, meeting and listening to residents’ and businesses’ needs.

“I am the people’s mayor,” said Njilo.

“Msunduzi is my home and I want everyone to treat it as their home.

“If we all work together, I know we can make things better,” he said.

Njilo said after fining the Baynespruit bank polluter, he would be speaking with the Jika Joe councillor on ways to stop the illegal dumping in the area.

He said he had commissioned for potholes in Mkondeni to be filled and would be speaking with industries next on their needs and expectations.

He said he would be approaching different parts of the city, and listening to the problems and issues of the people.

Anthony McCleary, owner of Flowe-Pac, said the management and owners of many of the larger companies in Mkondeni were very happy with the manner in which Njilo had listened to their concerns during a meeting that Njilo had called for last week, particularly his aim to deal with infrastructure issues relating to electricity supply and potholes in the road.

“It’s crucial that we keep our businesses in the city. Among all the bad news in South Africa at present, it was very heartening to see how he approached the meeting with us in Mkondeni. We want to thank him for that,” said McCleary.

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