Taking back the streets

2016-10-12 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Eston Naidoo (Business Partners), Alfred Chemane (Kara Nichha’s), Veroshan Naidoo   (Business Partners), Sabelo Ngobe (Kara Nichha’s) and Deon Marillier (Yes Please)

PHOTO: nicole john Eston Naidoo (Business Partners), Alfred Chemane (Kara Nichha’s), Veroshan Naidoo (Business Partners), Sabelo Ngobe (Kara Nichha’s) and Deon Marillier (Yes Please)

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RESIDENTS and business owners in the Scottsville area have come together to address the serious issues of crime in the area­ and taken it upon themselves to beautify the area in the hope that this will deter criminals.

Last Friday, Deon Marillier the owner of Yes Please B&B and chairman of the newly formed Scottsville forum, got business owners together to plant indigenous and water-saving trees and plants on the municipal area around his property on the corner of New England and Alan Paton­ roads.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Marillier said that the residents had met twice in the past few months to address the serious concerns of the increased criminal activities in Scottsville.

“As business owners this really affects us because it devalues our properties and prevents people from wanting to invest in us. We need to stand together as residents and business owners, and take back our streets.

“We need to embrace and accept the fact that we live and work in an area where there are many students and student digs. We cannot work against this. We need to find a way forward to work with the students and uplift the area,” he said.

He added the idea to beautify the area was welcomed by the majority of residents, who were eager to come on board and donate plants that will be planted at major intersections in Scottsville.

The first couple of trees were planted at Marillier­’s B&B, donated by Business Partners and Kara Nichha’s. As more plants are donated they will be planted in various areas in the suburb­.

“We want to beautify the area and get people working together. People are actively working as a collective.

“In order for us to create a better attitude in the area between students, residents and business owners we need to embrace the students,” said Marillier.

Former Msunduzi Municipality­ Exco member, Thulani Xulu, was also present at the event on Friday and encouraged business owners to work together to find a way to address unemployment in the area.

“Unemployment is a serious challenge not only in this area, but in the city.

We need to support one another and find creative ways to keep the students busy in a safe and productive way,” he said.


‘We need to stand together as residents and business owners, and take back our streets’

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