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City plans a massive CBD clean-up operation
​TO ENSURE that eThekwini remains a clean and healthy City, the Municipality is planning a massive clean-up operation throughout the Durban Central Business District (CBD) to take place on 21 June.

This follows a recent walkabout by senior management, which was led by City Manager Sipho Nzuza. The walkabout, conducted on 29 May covered Albert Park and Dr Pixley KaIsaka Seme, Denis Hurley, Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Dr A.B Xuma Streets.

Several challenges were revealed during the walkabout including illegal dumping, littering, damaged Municipal infrastructure, derelict buildings, illegal businesses and illegal street trading. Head of the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) Unit Raymond Rampersad urged residents and businesses to keep their environment clean and adopt a healthy lifestyle by adhering to Solid Waste By-laws set by the Municipality.

“Contraventions of Municipal by-laws is on the rise; but we are committed to ensuring that the City is kept clean for the overall wellbeing of residents and to attract business investments.” said Rampersad. He said DSW will work with other Municipal units including Roads and Stormwater, Parks, Recreation and Culture, Business Support, Metro Police, iTrump, Health Unit, EThekwini Transport Authority, Business Licensing, Development and Planning, Water, Electricity, Disaster Management and Safer Cities to clean-up the City.

The City provides a weekly refuse removal service to 945 000 households in formal and informal areas. We even distribute and collect recyclable material from households with the orange bag system that we have implemented to encourage home owners to recycle. DSW also conducts a combination of manual sweeping and mechanical sweeping, coupled with washing the streets at night using high pressure hosepipes. “The CBD is recognised by Council as an economic hub as it has the potential to attract new businesses, tourists and provide entertainment for residents to enjoy. We are working towards building a clean City that is free of crime and grime,” he said.

khaya.sengani@durban.gov.za 
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