City watch

2009-10-23 00:00

A Stoneyhouse Road resident complains:

We reside in Stoneyhouse Road in Hayfields and wish to bring to your attention the following matters:

A letter was written to the Environmental Health Department of the Msunduzi Municipality on July 3, 2009, reporting the dreadful state of … two properties. The letter was addressed for the attention of Mr Pather, as suggested telephonically by the relevant department. To date, there has been no response and no action taken. The properties remain in the same state as when reported, despite the fact that the names of the registered owners and property descriptions were provided in writing to the department.

Our property and those of our neighbours are infested with rats and will probably be infested with snakes soon due to the rubbish amassed on these properties. There are now problems with vagrants, the area has become a fire hazard and there is illegal dumping.

The municipality responds: Our Environmental Health section conducted an investigation on July 14, 2009, after receiving the complaint. The property at 38 (not 28, as reported) Stoneyhouse Road had accumulations of miscellaneous refuse, scrap metal and disused lawnmowers. A notice dated July 14, 2009, was served on the owner who operates a garden service business from home. The notice was for the cleaning of the property and removal of the above items. On re-inspection, the premises [were found to have been] cleaned, but the scrap metal and lawnmowers were not removed and there were two disused vehicles. The owner has failed to comply with the notice issued after several warnings. We are, therefore, in the process of taking further steps.

At the time of the inspection, the vacant land on 139 Gladys Manzi Road was sparsely overgrown; therefore no action could be taken. There was also no evidence of rats on both the premises. However, another inspection will be conducted.

The complainant was advised of the outcomes of the inspection and there were no further complaints received, apart from the letter addressed to the manager. Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.


Mr M. Gafoor writes that for more than two years he has been contacting the street lighting section, reporting lights that are not working in Manning Road, but that nothing has been done. He also reported lights not working in Royston Road: some have been fixed and not others. Every time he phones he is given a reference number, but nothing gets done. Among the reference numbers he has been given are S4915 and S4694.

The number he phones is 033 392 5098 and he speaks to Welcome and Isaacs.

The faulty lights seem to be in front of the houses at 11 and 12 Manning Road. The other light is near the intersection of Ohrtmann and Manning roads in front of, or near, MacDonald Steel.

The municipality responds: According to our records, the first complaint regarding this matter was received on March 13, 2009. The reference number S4694 was issued and the complaint was resolved on March 16, 2009. The second complaint was received on August 27, 2009; the reference number S4915 was issued. The third one was received on September 28, 2009. Reference number S4949 was issued. Due to the fact that these fittings are old and faulty, a decision was made to replace them. The fittings in question are on a very narrow and busy part of Manning Road, so this work had to be done after hours when the traffic volume was low and with the assistance of our traffic department. The work is now in progress and will be completed soon.

Do you take pride in your city? Then play an active roll in our Take Pride in Your City Campaign. Imagine the difference to our environment if each resident helped keep the city clean. Let us know about residents who are actively doing something about the state of filth and neglect in the city so we can feature them on our pages. Let’s all take pride in our surroun­dings, even if it’s just a street or verge. You can e-mail your pictures, stories and suggestions for the municipality to or

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