City race to clean up

2014-05-29 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is racing against time to clean up garbage-strewn Pietermaritzburg ahead of this weekend’s Comrades Marathon, when the eyes of the world will be focused on the city for the world’s greatest ultra-distance race.

A go-slow by waste management workers over an overtime pay dispute saw garbage uncollected throughout the city since last Friday.

The dispute was resolved yesterday, and it is believed that Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube read the riot act to municipal officials, warning them to get the streets cleaned.

The deputy municipal manager for community services, Boniwe Zulu, confirmed yesterday that it was all systems go. She said they expected to have the streets cleaned and the backlog of garbage removed tomorrow. Zulu said the workers had assured them that they would double up their efforts for the clean-up.

Work has started on the Comrades route, where municipal workers were spotted beavering away yesterday. In Scottsville, workers were spotted collecting bags of dirt and lining them up to be fetched.

Residents have complained that the rubbish should be immediately removed. A resident said a truck should follow the work team to pick up the bags of garbage collected. “What happens is that these unsightly bags get left overnight and often dogs in the area tear them open and their contents get scattered all over. It is just double work and inefficient,” he said.

Meanwhile, some businesses that could not stand the filth any longer paid private contractors to remove their rubbish.

Residents of Masukwana (East) Street, who can no longer walk on their pavements because of the rubbish bags piled there, were sceptical over whether the municipality will manage to clear the backlog by tomorrow.

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