Storm litter: get a move on, city told

2013-01-30 00:00

MORE than three weeks since a major storm hit Pietermaritzburg, sidewalks in the suburbs are still littered with storm debris.

Msunduzi Municipality cleared the blocked roads, but felled trees have still not been removed from most suburbs and parks.

Along Ohrtmann Road a branch remains hanging dangerously on electricity wires, posing a threat to pedestrians below.

Phephelo Mthembu, of Napierville, said the suburb was an eyesore because of the uncut grass and overgrown verges, but the storm had made it worse.

“Roy Campbell Road in Napierville had a number of trees that fell as a result of the severe storm that took place on January 6 …” he said.

He urged the municipality to remove the trees “so the area can look beautiful again”.

Thokozani Myeni, who yesterday visited Alexandra Park with his girlfriend, Zama Mdluli, told The Witness that the park was in a terrible state because a number of felled trees have not been cleared away.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said: “The plan was first of all to clear the roads and paths so there are no obstructions to vehicles and people.” Debris had been moved to the roadsides for removal, and the exercise in the CBD was almost complete. The municipality had started removing debris from the suburbs on Monday.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi told councillors on Friday that 1 450 families had to be assisted with emergency relief as a result of the storm.

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