‘Tidy these messy verges’

2009-05-22 00:00

TWO months ago, the municipality chopped down trees in Sweetwaters (Mbubu) Road near Linpark School and left all the logs and other debris lying on the pavement, forcing the children to walk on the road.

Residents say that with the heavy traffic on the road, they are surprised that there hasn’t been an accident.

With no sign of the municipality cleaning up the mess, two weeks ago a staffer from Linpark School phoned the municipality and was told by the person at inquiries that the matter would be reported to the Parks Department.

To date nothing has happened.

The Msunduzi Municipality’s Parks Department responds:

There have been similar complaints of debris not picked up in other areas of the city. The problem is linked to the only truck in the department being broken and still at the repair shop, as was previously reported in The Witness.

The department has now been given permission to hire a truck and planned to start clearing up the mess yesterday and expected to complete the task by early next week.

A worried resident says:

I live not too far from Roberts Road and the Voortrekker School vicinity. The litter around the river and along the road near Voortrekker is not nice. I am not blaming the school for this problem. To me it looks like the mess is caused by vagrants, but what is being done about it?

Then as you begin to walk up Roberts Road, on the left where the complex of flats is, just above the Dorpspruit, there is much litter and rubbish around there. Where is the pride in that area?

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo responds:

Litter and rubbish will be attended to as soon as possible. The complainant needs to contact the ward councilor regarding the issue of vagrants.

A concerned resident writes:

I am very concerned about the state of our verges in Frances Staniland Road, Neden Road and Marriott Road. There are grass, bugweed and blackjacks encroaching over the kerbing, into the gutters and at least one metre on to the roads. Of late they have obviously had a tractor in the open veld, which creates even more mess as there are plastic bottles, shredded paper and litter everywhere, which is never cleaned up. There are branches that came down in the storm some time ago, left with the grass growing up around it, instead of just moving them and cleaning up properly. It is quite a sight!

I would also like to know who is behind the “Black Bag Brigade” in their fluorescent vests as I have yet to see them lift a finger. Whenever I pass them they are all standing around in the road having a real indaba and it is certainly not tea time or over a lunch period. I have seen them in Town Bush Valley Road and out in Mkondeni and they don’t seem to be very productive. There is so much to do if they would only get it done. I hope these matters will be attended to.

No response was received from the municipality at the time of going to print.

MRS E. HUNDLEY writes:

The people living in the Scottsville area and St Patrick’s Road would like to thank the municipality for making a good job of cleaning our sidewalks and the old Bowling Club grounds.

It brought our area back to being a nice place to live in again and we hope the municipality will not forget us!

We also enjoy watching the Scottsville School children playing sport in the old park grounds, and hope that they will be left to do so. Another nicely cleaned up area!


The following is an excerpt from a recently distributed Democratic Alliance newsletter:

“We are very pleased that the noisy racing at the old Roy Hesketh racetrack appears to have stopped. We wish to commend the Msunduzi Municipality Task Team for its untiring efforts to put a stop to this disturbance. The task team, comprising municipal officials, legal staff, councillor Roger Ashe and councillor Sandy Lyne, pursued every possible means of curtailing the illegal use of the property.

“Thank you to all the residents who helped us by keeping us informed and responding to our appeals for affidavits. It is obvious that while we could not condone this situation in a residential area, there is a need for a racing facility in KZN.

“We sincerely hope that the people who wish to obtain a suitable venue for racing are successful and that they realise that this same task team is prepared to assist them.

DO you know of anyone who has taken a proactive approach in cleaning up our city? Let us know so we can use their story to inspire others.

You can e-mail your pictures, stories and suggestions for the municipality to nelly@witness.co.za or citywatch@witness.co.za.

Remember, the ‘Cleanest Street in PMB’ title is still up for grabs, so send us the necessary details that may put you in line to win a prize from The House Sign Company.

DO you take pride in your city? Then play an active role in our Take Pride in Your City campaign.

Imagine the difference to our environment if each resident helped to keep the city clean. Let us know about residents who are actively doing something about the state of filth and neglect in the city so we can feature them on our pages.

Let’s all take pride in our surroundings, even if it’s just a street or verge.


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