Mechanic’s neighbours fed up with noise, dirt

2010-04-28 00:00

A RESIDENT of Artemis Road in Oribi Village, Simon Ndawonde, denies that the vehicle repair workshop he operates in his yard is disturbing his neighbours and polluting the street around his yard.

Three men who want to remain anonymous came to The Witness to complain about the noise and pollution from Ndawonde’s property, and the newspaper went to investigate.

In the yard, two of Ndawonde’s employees were using a loud compressor. There were oil spills on the road and rubbish caught on the fence.

Said one of the complainants, “He disturbs the community, and people are getting sick from the spray paint he uses. One man who lives next door has said he can’t breathe because of it.”

The men said the disturbances have been going on for about 10 years, but they are scared of being “too upfront” with Ndawonde because “it is against our culture; we don’t believe in complaining to your neighbours”, he said.

One of the men who approached The Witness said Ndawonde becomes aggressive when people approach him to complain. “He is very violent and his customers have also threatened us when we comment about them parking in the road [and causing] traffic obstructions,” he said.

One of Ndawonde’s immediate neighbours, who also declined to give her name, agreed that the spray paint is unpleasant and said there are often cars parked in front of her yard, making access difficult.

Unis Mdlulu, who lives across the road from Ndawonde, said: “It is not good; when he washes the cars all the oil and rubbish comes past my gate. It is not fair. We try speak to him, but he does nothing.”

Ndawonde said his neighbours are simply jealous and argued that there “are plenty of people in Oribi Village who work from their yards; these people are just complaining because they don’t like me”.

He said he needs to use his yard as a workplace as he cannot afford to rent a garage. “I need to make money to pay my children’s school fees.”

Ndawonde also denied that his workshop is dirtying the street. One of his neighbours, who also chose to remain nameless, agreed reluctantly. “It doesn’t matter if he litters; look at this place — there is rubbish everywhere anyway,” he said.

One of the men who approached The Witness said, “We have reported him to the environmental health department at the municipality and the housing department, but no action has been taken even though we have been there repeatedly.”


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