Gardens ‘disgusting’ after youth event

2013-09-25 00:00

VISITORS to the National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg were shocked at the litter left there after a two-day Youth Indaba allegedly hosted by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM).

The Youth Indaba was held on Friday and Saturday (September 20 and 21) in a white tent near the Kingfisher lake. On Sunday the place was still a mess. Pamphlets, plastic and food containers from the function were scattered all over the ground.

A visitor to the gardens who asked to remain unnamed was disgusted at the state of the gardens when walking through on Sunday.

“We are wondering what kind of example is being set to any youth who might have been invited to this event, when they were allowed simply to dump their rubbish on the ground, and then walk away and leave it for ‘someone else’ to cope with. We presume the Botanic Gardens staff had to spend time on Sunday morning cleaning up the mess, instead of getting on with their job of ensuring these gardens bring pleasure to other visitors who come to enjoy the beauty of the place.”

The event programme (also left lying around) listed a range of high-profile speakers, including UMDM chief whip Sandile Gabela, uMsunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela, and UMDM mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.

Day two listed speakers from various government departments, including Higher Education and Training, Health, Public Works, Office of the Premier and others.

Neither the Botanical Gardens nor uMgungundlovu Municipality could be reached for comment yesterday.

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