Businesses ready to make PMB a picture again

2011-05-18 00:00

THE Picture Perfect Pietermaritzburg (P3) initiative, aimed at taking the capital city back to its former beauty, was launched yesterday evening.

The event took place at the Witness offices and was attended by representatives from business, who are expected to play a major role.

Sixty businesses picked various spots, which they are each going to clear and look after for a year. The areas are along city streets and they will plant trees and flowers on them.

Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr was the guest speaker for the evening.

“Today could be my last day as the mayor, depending on the outcome of the tomorrow’s event [today’s local government elections],” Tarr said.

“I hope that the new councillors can create a good relationship with businesses. We must create an environment for you [businesses] to create job opportunities,” Tarr said.

The P3 is a project of Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) in partnership with The Witness, Msunduzi Municipality and School Leavers Opportunity Training (Slot).

Signs will be erected at each of the gardens naming the company maintaining it.

Melanie Veness, PCB CEO, said P3 will create job opportunities because businesses will employ people to do the maintenance. “The campaign was borne out of desire to return the city back its former garden city looks,” Veness said.

Attendee Bonginkosi Mshengu, a city human resources consultant, commented: “Currently the city is very dirty. With this project the image of the city is going to change and it will attract lots of investment.”

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