Creating a stink — man photographs local businesses illegally dumping rubbish

2014-09-22 00:00

Illegal dumping

NKOSIYAKHE Dlamini draws attention to businesses in the city and surrounds who illegally dump their rubbish in the open spaces in Lincoln Meade.

He says he has sent photographs to Msunduzi Municipality showing the culprits but so far nothing has been done.

“The area stinks and we have lot of flies. We are worried that it’s going to be summer and swarms of flies will be invading our houses,” Dlamini says.

He has heard that the eThekwini Municipality fines people for littering, and that illegal dumpers are prosecuted and can be fined R10 000 and more. He asks why Msunduzi Municipality can’t do the same, especially since it has embarked on its clean-up campaign.

Similarly, Razia Pillay, a resident at Oakhill Drive, Panorama Gardens, says that rubbish has been illegally dumped in her road for years. “We have made several requests for this property to be cleaned but our pleas have fallen onto deaf ears. The dirt is so bad that only one vehicle is able to pass at a time. The rubbish is now coming onto the road.”

Msunduzi Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the sites have been inspected and waste management will be cleaning up these illegal dump sites. However, it does seems that local companies must become more civic-minded and play their part in keeping the environment clean.

Witness Warriors has sent the number plate of a company caught illegally dumping in Lincoln Meade and we will be checking to ensure the municipality follows up on this matter.

Disconnections: Still Waiting

We recently dealt with resident Lisa’s unhappiness at finding disconnection fees on her utility bill, without any electricity disconnection teams actually visiting her property. A list of questions was sent to the municipality to get to the bottom as to how municipal disconnections work. We are still waiting for a response.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said that the city’s chief financial officer was on leave and the questions we raised will be answered when she returns.

Street lights

There was also complaint about broken street lights in Bulwer Street and Janet Edwards reports that the electricians were out in force during the week. Not only did they fix the street lights, but they also ensured that the Victorian lamp posts were preserved. Edwards has over the years waged a campaign to preserve the lamp posts. Years ago, she tied yellow ribbons around them, when a previous Msunduzi administration threatened their removal.

On the Celtis Road front, the electricity department went back during the week to dig more holes next to existing poles. The Woodgates said five to six such holes were dug on their end of street. They believe the department will be returning this Thursday to put in new poles as they have been advised the power would be turned off on that day.

“We had a telephone call from a lady in the department … She apologised for not fixing the light and explained why — that when she was there to fix it, she discovered the pole was rotten and could not continue. We did appreciate that call,” the Woodgates said.

Meanwhile, Paul Rust, on the other end of Celtis Road, says they have been without street lights for 10 months now and that six lights in his immediate vicinity were out.

Traffic calming

Bulwer Street residents have expressed concern over cars speeding in a street where there a number of elderly citizens reside and have asked for speed bumps.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said there had been no request for speed bumps for Bulwer Street at the time of formulating the 2014/15 budget. She said all councillors were requested to submit such requests.

“Bulwer Street will be investigated with a view to include it in future programmes, should it be technically warranted in terms of the approved policy. This means that it is still to be assessed like all other requests,” she said.

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