Waste depot gone wrong, say residents

The tenants of Olivers Flats on Pietermaritz Street have lambasted the Msunduzi Municipality for not maintaining the open-waste depot next to their residential area.

Residents claim that the unmaintained recycling project has attracted various elements, such as crime, noise and vagrants, which disturb the functioning of the area.

Irate tenants who spoke to Maritzburg Sun said they have found the establishment of the recycling project  ignored many aspects of their well-being as residents and ratepayers.
“We do need recycling facilities in the city, but these must be well maintained or else they just add
to the problem,” said tenant Sindi Myeni.

Another resident added that the unmaintained site has also attracted criminals to the area, as vagrants seek refuge at the depot. “The reality that impacts on us is that we are losing sleep over the noise levels and have constant worries over our vehicles and home being broken into.”

Concerned tenants further criticized the Msunduzi Municipality Security patrols for their absence in
the area which has allowed for petty theft and pick-pocketing to prevail.

Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha, said the initial recycling project site was to clean-up the city and also create employment opportunities, and it will continue to do so.

Mafumbatha continued, “Msunduzi Municipality has noted the residents’ concerns and they will be
attended to with urgency.”

She pointed out that the municipality is already embarking on eradicating criminal activity and decay in West, Boom and Pietermaritz streets.

SAPS spokesperson, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, encouraged residents affected by crime due to the unmaintained site to report the matter to the police, no matter how big or small the case is.

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Bongeka Sibisi
Journalist

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