City clean-up campaign focuses on illegal operations

The initiative intends to eradicate vagrants, illegal street vendors, illegal immigrants and dirt in PMB. Ngcobo emphasised that the municipality will be pulling out all stops to “combat filth in the city”.
On Thursday, various municipal units including the immigrant inspection, health unit, business licensing, electricity, storm water, the Msunduzi Transport Authority cordoned off West and Pietermaritz streets for inspections.

During this time, there was a door-to-door operation with municipal units entering shops, flats and housing on Pietermaritz Street looking for illegal use of water, electricity, and permits from immigrants leaving in the area.
SAPS South Cluster Commander Phumelele Makhoba ,who joined the clean-up, said crime was on the rise within the CBD due to the easy escape routes, such as abandoned buildings, allies and passageways flooded with dirt being dumped there.
“Criminals can hide their easily. Business robberies in the CBD are increasing because the city is overcrowded, “said Makhoba. He said police will join forces with the municipality to enforce safety in the CBD.

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Ngcobo expressed that the clean-up will restore the “status” of the city and make it beautiful again. “Through this campaign, we want to remove all forms of dirt, and make the heart of the city beautiful,” he said.
He continued saying that the municipality had invested in eradicating all dysfunctional structures that did not comply with the city’s end goal and bylaws.
Njilo reiterated the municipal manager’s words, emphasising that the municipality was working to restore cleanliness, safety and security in the Pietermaritzburg CBD for all city locals.
Njilo further encouraged the public to play a part in keeping the city clean by reporting illegal dumping.

Bongeka Sibisi

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