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City tackles grime and decay in Isiphingo
​A community volunteer in Isiphingo helps clean-up a stream
during a recent clean-up operation in the South Durban Basin
area.

ETHEKWINI Municipality is developing a holistic education programme to ensure that by-law compliance and clean-ups are sustainable in Isiphingo, south of Durban. This follows vigorous efforts by the Municipality to clean-up the precinct and ensure that residents and business stakeholders work with the City to keep the area clean.

The intervention plan is being improved by the City’s Masakhane Outreach Programme and Special Projects team. Speaking on behalf of the Masakhane Committee, Senior Manager Thami Ntuli praised Durban Metro Police for ensuring that beach users in the South Durban Basin had a safe and pleasant public holiday on Women’s Day, 9 August.

Ntuli said the City conducts daily by-law enforcement operations and education programmes in the area to tackle illegal business operations, illegal dumping and to ensure that residents and business are not affected by lack of service delivery. “We have a committed multi-disciplinary task team working in Ward 90 to identity key challenges and apply workable solutions. Isiphingo is a diverse zone made up of the Central Business District, the Prospection business area, residential areas and five huge informal settlements,” he said.

Ward Councillor Sunil Brijmohan said the City’s integrated approach will yield positive results. “The City is cleaning up the area but we need the buy in from the community to take ownership of their environment,” he said. Councillor Brijmohan said trucks driving in residential areas would be fined, adding that applying sustainable clean-up programmes in taxi ranks was being prioritised.

Some of the success stories resulting from the regeneration of Isiphingo includes the closing down of numerous illegal businesses, the rehabilitation of infrastructure, namely the Old Main Road which runs through the Isiphingo town and several inner roads, and various river clean-up campaigns that have resulted in the removal of alien plants. To further create an economically friendly City and attract investors, there is an on-going blitz to clean-up and renew all business districts in the Municipality following the success of the Isiphingo clean-up operation.

jessie.singh@durban.gov.za

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