Hall filled with rubbish after MEC visit

2016-06-22 06:00
Seaview residents cleaned the hall on Saturday and filled more than 40 black bags with rubbish.             photos: FACEBOOK

Seaview residents cleaned the hall on Saturday and filled more than 40 black bags with rubbish. photos: FACEBOOK

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PORT Elizabethans who attended the MEC for Social Development’s outreach programme in Seaview, apparently left behind rubbish that filled more than 40 black bags.

After the event, the organisers allegedly just closed the doors of the Seaview Community hall on Friday - ignoring the fact that the hall’s floor was strewn with empty KFC food containers, cooldrink cans and piles of chicken bones.

The hall was used by Nancy Sihlwayi, MEC for Social Development, and other delegates on Friday to provide feedback to the community about problems in the region.

“Residents who had come to listen to the MEC, each received an ANC shirt and a KFC container,” said Jason Grobbelaar, chairman of the residents’ association, who also attended the meeting.

He said the outreach programme had appeared more like an ANC election campaign to him.

“But the biggest shock of all was when the caretaker called me Saturday morning to tell me to go check in which condition the hall was left.”

The empty containers and chicken bones were not only on the floor in the hall, but apparently also outside around the hall.

According to Martin van Tonder, caretaker of the hall, a delegate told him on Friday that they would send cleaners to the hall early the next morning. Van Tonder was becoming worried by late Saturday morning when no one had shown up to clean up the mess.

“My biggest concern was that the hall would not be ready by Sunday, when a church service is being held here,” said Van Tonder.

After Grobbelaar visited the hall, residents of the area were approached to help clean. “It took us almost an entire day to clean the hall. We picked up more than 40 black bags of mess. The oily chicken legs spots on the floor are still visible, but we’ll have to try to get those out at a later stage.

Neither Sihlwayi nor her spokesman Mzukisi Solani, responded to inquiries on Sunday.

Kupido Baron, municipal spokesperson, said that “it appears that there was a communication gap between the organisers of the event and the municipality, because usually our sanitation services clean up after an event.”

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