Msunduzi launches clean-up campaign

2017-11-15 06:01
Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo (front) and Msunduzi councillors during the clean-up campaign in the city centre last Friday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo (front) and Msunduzi councillors during the clean-up campaign in the city centre last Friday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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“WE will ensure the city is kept clean at all times.”

This is a promise made by the Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo at the launch of their clean-up campaign called “Conscious Fridays” last Friday at the Tourism Hub.

Njilo said a plan to deal with illegal dumping around the city has been developed and includes working with stakeholders and communities.

“More staff will be employed under the Pietermaritzburg Urban Renewal Plan to keep the city centre clean. We have a plan to relocate city vagrants to a fully equipped rehabilitation centre,” he said.

Njilo said during the campaign the municipality will also be demolishing, closing down and taking over “ownerless” buildings.

He said the municipality has obtained a court order to demolish illegally occupied buildings and those that are neglected by the owners.

“Most buildings have become brothels, others are used for dodgy business activities, including liquor stores near important city structures like the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

“I am appealing to all to work together in ensuring that as city citizens we contribute towards this achievement.”

Economic development general manager Dr Ray Ngcobo said they are determined to keep the capital of KwaZulu-Natal the cleanest place in the world.

Ngcobo said they are also planning to demolish the East Street Beer Hall and use that and to extend the rank.

“The municipality is in talks with the Department of Public Works regarding the demolition of the old beer hall on East Street since it belongs to them [department].

“We want to extend the taxi rank so it will accommodate taxis from Retief Street,” he said.

Ngcobo said they have a strategic plan to deal with the increase of vagrants in the CBD in place, which will be an ongoing campaign.

On Friday Njilo and Msunduzi Municipality councillors started their clean-up campaign and issued a stern warning to those who have built illegal shops and those who have turned buildings meant for offices into a residential area.

The campaign also involved Msunduzi Traffic Police who fined illegally parked vehicles and those with expired licences in Longmarket, Timber and Church streets.

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