Mayor cleans up city

Cleaning along Church, Boshoff and Langlibalele streets, the mayor interacted with locals, encouraging them to partake in keeping the city clean, in what he hopes becomes a regular feature every Friday morning.

Njilo has encouraged business owners within the CBD to “lend a helping hand” and get involved in the clean-up campaign.

“City business owners report all problem areas to the municipality, such as vagrants who sleep on their business door steps,” he said.

“If business owners can also take responsibility and clean the pavements of the buildings they operate in, that would make a huge difference,” said Njilo.

“A lot has been said about the rate of decay in our city with many pointing to the municipality’s inability to deal with this challenge. As a resident of the city, I often take time in the evening walking in the central business district and am often amazed at the level of cleanliness. This is usually after our workers have swept every part of the city, picked refuse and ensured that every corner has been left clean. It is quite a pleasant sight to behold when our city is clean. However,  it is disappointing that within hours after businesses have opened for operation our city resembles something different with papers and all forms of rubbish strewn all over the place. Surely the municipality cannot be blamed for that. The question is what are you doing as an individual, resident and visitor of the city in ensuring that the city remains clean? A simple habit of putting a paper, plastic container or can in a dustbin goes a long way in keeping one’s surrounding clean. Such individual efforts would help make our city the one that each one of us is proud to be part of. I therefore urge everyone who loves Pietermaritzburg to play their part in fighting urban decay and not leave everything to government,”said mayor Njilo.

Previously Maritzburg Sun reported that the municipality has lodged an initiative to deal with the city’s decay, with one of the projects being the relocation of street vendors from the CBD to Emgodini Taxi Rank.

On top of the clean-up campaign, Mayor Njilo added that the city is currently spear-heading a City Business District-Problem Building programme. He said the programme aims to deal with all the neglected and dilapidated structures that do not conform to the city’s beautiful architectural heritage.


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