Tree causes problems for Tweni man

2015-10-22 06:00
PHOTO: supplied

The tree which is causing damage to an Umtentweni residentand#039;s wall.

PHOTO: supplied The tree which is causing damage to an Umtentweni residentand#039;s wall.

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AN Umtentweni resident, who asked the Hibiscus Coast Municipality to remove a tree from his property before June, is now fed up with its inaction.

Willie Klopper said he made several calls to the municipality but claims they were ignored.

He then wrote to them in June stating that the Mkhuhwla tree is an indigenous species, but the root system has caused severe damage to his precast boundary wall.

“My dogs are able to get over the broken fence as a result and to have the wall repaired, my insurance has made it clear that the municipality is responsible for the damage as it was their duty to maintain the tree,” said Klopper.

He also penned in his letter that residents were using the cul-de-sac to dump garden refuse.

“It is now October and I’m still waiting for something to be done,” he said.

Klopper sent another email in August and in October and says he hasn’t received any positive feedback.

Spokesperson for Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Simon April, said the municipality has a customer care service where ratepayers or community members are to submit their complaints.

“They get reference numbers and progress on the complaint and we encourage all to use this method as it has proven to be effective,” he said.

“In regard to this complaint, I will forward it to the centre so that the complainant can get acknowledgement and a report of how it is being attended to.”

To report complaints, contact number is 039 688 2027 or email services@hcm.gov.za or SMS 32061

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