Rubbish left at Protea grounds event gets residents fuming

2012-10-29 00:00

THREE days after government workers attended a sport, health and wellness function at the Protea Sports Ground in Raisethorpe, the grounds were still covered in rubbish from the event.

By yesterday, irate residents said that wind and rain over the weekend had exacerbated the situation, and that the rubbish was now scattered over a wide area.

A resident walking in the grounds on Sunday morning, who would not be named because he works for the government, said his fellow officials should have known better.

“We should be setting an example and not be trashing the place.

“We must show that we take pride in our government and in our jobs,” he said.

Ward councillor Jay Singh said he had been taking flak for the mess.

Singh said he had been receiving complaints about the rubbish since Thursday evening. His phone calls and e-mails to both the Msunduzi parks and waste management departments had gone unheeded.

An official in the parks department told him he did not have staff to do the clean-up, and Singh had received no response from the waste management department.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said that the issue would be taken up with the parks department today to establish the reason for not cleaning up, and to ensure that the grounds are cleaned today.

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane confirmed that the grounds had been booked and used by the department.

He said the agreement was that the municipality would clean up after the function.

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