Young and old come together to clean up their street

2010-05-20 00:00

PRINCE Alfred Street residents, tired of waiting for the Msunduzi Municipality to clean the street, did so themselves yesterday morning

The NCVV old-age home joined forces with nearby Toybox Primary School because “the municipality is lazy to clean up”, said school principal Trevor Sharp.

“The street is a mess, so we decided to clean up ourselves,” he said. “We hope [mayor] Mike Tarr will fix the problem. The old administration ruined the city. Maritzburg used to be a beautiful city,” Sharp told The Witness.

Jo van Zyl, the provincial head of the NCVV, said the dirty street becomes unbearable on rainy days.

“After rain, the street smells and becomes terribly filthy. Dirt gets washed away and the gutters end up blocked.

“The municipality must clean our streets regularly, not once in ages, because they pose a health hazard. We can’t have a disgusting state of affairs outside the school and old-age home.”

Van Zyl said her organisation has been forwarding complaints to the municipality, but with no results.

“We spoke to the municipality more than 10 times since last year. We told them there are children using a dirty street, but they did nothing about it.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Ngcobo denied that the municipality does not clean the streets.

“Cleaning and refuse collection has been taking place. The residents have also responded very positively to the call made by the premier to make a contribution to the revival of the City,” Ngcobo said.

“The initiative taken by the members of the community is highly appreciated and the municipality’s waste management is committed to work very hard in ensuring that the residents are satisfied with services they receive.”



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