City allocates R2?mln for clean-up campaign

2011-01-05 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality has announced it will allocate R2 million for a clean-up of townships and northern suburbs, but local councillors and some residents are cynical of the reasons behind the move.

Mayor Mike Tarr, speaker Babu Baijoo, task team member Ben Dorfling and senior managers inspected the areas yesterday.

Community members said they see the VIPs’ tour as a way of campaigning for the upcoming local government elections.

A community member who declined to be named remarked: “You know what time of the year this is? It’s election time.”

IFP caucus leader Dolo Zondi was surprised to hear the news but welcomed it all the same, saying it is about time the clean-up was undertaken as they have been calling for it for some time now.

“Job opportunities arising from this clean-up campaign should benefit the people living in those areas,” said Zondi.

ANC councillors who declined to be named expressed their displeasure at not being informed of the tour.

A former councillor criticised Tarr and his team for visiting the townships almost a year after they were appointed to turn around the city.

He said the “overdue” tour proves that the current municipal leadership prioritises residents in the suburbs and the CBD when it comes to service delivery.

During their tour of Edendale, Dambuza, Imbali and France, the mayor’s team came across heaps of rubish along some roads and overgrown verges — some with growth as tall as road signs — in some areas, and saw water from blocked stormwater drains.

Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler said the R2 million will be used over three months and will cover the cost of vehicles used in the cleaning up process. He said contractors will be paid on a performance basis.

Tarr said there will be a workshop next week informing the staff of what is expected of them.

“We cannot afford to have a filthy city like this and in the workshop we will be informing the staff of ways in which we can deal with this situation.

“If there are extra resources required to deal with the situation, we will find a way,” the mayor said.

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