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For immediate release
 
29 May 2017
 
City Manager Conducts City Walkabout
 
The new City Manager, Sipho Nzuza, and senior Municipal officials conducted a walk-about of the Central Business District (CBD), today, to identify challenges and fast track urban renewal and regeneration.
 
The walk about was part of the City’s Monday operations meetings which looks at addressing service delivery issues throughout the Municipal area. It included Albert Park, Dr Pixley KaSeme Street, Denis Hurley, Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Dr A.B Xuma Streets.
 
The walk-about revealed challenges such as illegal dumping, littering, damaged Municipal infrastructure, derelict buildings, unapproved building plans, illegal businesses and illegal street traders.
 
“The city is committed to addressing these challenges. The renewal of our Central Business District is critical to maintain business confidence and investment. By addressing crime, grime and other social issues we will boost confidence in the City, and enable our communities to thrive. We will be visiting other areas to identify challenges as well,” said Nzuza.
 
The walk about also revealed that some property owners have illegally altered their buildings to house people. The living conditions in these buildings are appalling. To address this, the city has a better buildings programme and regular raids are conducted in problem areas.
 
“We urge the community and businesses to work with the Municipality to keep Durban clean. This is an opportunity for all sectors to get involved and get rid of litter. We must reclaim the neighbourhoods and take initiative by reporting any illegal activity or bylaw infringement in their area” said Nzuza.
 
“We want to attract investment into the city and we want the city to have environment where people can live, work and enjoy our leisure facilities,” added City manager.
 
He said this will help to fast track the process of responding to the challenges affecting the areas. Littering is not acceptable and it is one of the elements that contribute to the degradation of the Inner City.
 
The Head of Durban Solid Waste, Raymond Rampersad said the owner or occupants of any premises should ensure that all the domestic or trade refuse generated on the premises is placed and kept in refuse receptacles for removal by the Municipality.
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa
 
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