Mayor: Who owns the city’s public spaces and who should keep them clean?

2012-10-15 00:00

WHO owns public spaces and who should care for them? Mayor Chris Ndlela asked this rhetorical question at the Executive Committee (Exco) meeting on Friday.

He was commenting on littering and vandalism that goes on in the city. He asked why is it that some people keep their own properties clean, while dumping and littering other areas? Or why do people vandalise municipal property that is there for the use of everyone?

He said: “We don’t talk about these things, but we need to.”

Ndlela said what residents fail to realise is that each time something that has been vandalised has to be repaired or there has to be a large clean-up, it is actually their own money that is being used.

“You vandalise, but it is your money encapsulated in the tariffs that you pay and the worse the situation the more you pay” the mayor added.

He said similarly the municipal wage bill increases because the more littering and dumping that goes on, the more staff are needed to clean up the city.

Ndlela said the city is owned by all who lived in it, and that it would take an active citizenry to build a community spirit so that residents don’t only take pride in their personal space, but in their neighbourhood as well.

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