Paid parking must fall

2015-11-04 06:00

THE irony of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) offering to now intervene in the current concerns expressed by city businesses pertaining to the outsourced parking meter tender to Panzascore, is indeed amusing, as its silence was indeed deafening when this project was initially launched (Witness, October 23).

The reason for their silence at the time was that this was the scheme of the then-president of the PCB, Paris Dlamini. His role in driving the current parking system and his alleged interest in Panzascore must be brought into the open.

The cost to council to roll out this project and the revenue generated, and percentage shared, must be revealed.

The challenges facing businesses are immense. Instead of assisting businesses and ensuring that job opportunities are increased, this ANC-led council has proved once again that it places the financial interests of its comrades ahead of the interests of law-abiding residents. Instead of being frugal and encouraging local businesses, Msunduzi, in partnership with privately-owned Panzascore, is adding more obstacles to business’s woes.

The next phase of this roll-out is targeting the northern areas and we urge all businesses and residents to join us in signing our petition, #PanzascoreParkingMetersMustFall, before this scheme impacts negatively on business and jobs throughout the city.



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