Service delivery in full swing at Sunset Avenue

The clean-up was a resounding success.

The business area of Sunset Avenue, Chatsworth, was transformed into a festive hype of activity, music and energy, where over 100 workers swept, cleaned and spruced up the area, which has been identified to be an eyesore and a thorn in the side of locals, last Friday.

This road is viewed as a vibrant hub of Chatsworth that requires to be regenerated so it functions smoothly and optimally for users, the public and for the many businesses on the road.

A few months ago, after a tour with local businesses, the corner of Sunset and Sagittarius Avenue was selected to be the pilot project to kick off the Sunset Avenue regeneration. A vacant land at the corner of the two aforementioned roads was selected as the focus of the intervention.

Teddy Govender of the Chatsworth Federation said the state of the area was shocking. “Vagrants use the space to strip scrap metals that they sell to nearby scrap yards in the area, leaving a huge unsightly mess, also making unsafe for locals to pass by,” he said.

Captain Samuel Singh of Metro Police, whose officers were fining and checking permits on the day, said, “This invites criminality, such as cable theft and workers becoming victims of robbery. The results of this tarnishes the image of the area which also contributes to the lack of investment for the surrounding businesses and it also becomes an eyesore for customers and tourists,” said Cpt Singh.

The clean-up was co-ordinated by the South Durban Basin Area Based Management (SDB-ABM) of the eThekwini Municipality and was hailed a huge success by all who participated and the community.

Over 150 staff and at least 10 Municipal departments, the Chatsworth Federation and local businesses partnered to make the event a success. Four businesses which did not have licences for trading were prosecuted, verges were cut, roads were swept and re-marked, litter was picked up, and the open space cleared of several tons of dumping.

“As the city, we are committed to service delivery, but we are aware that we cannot do it alone, therefore we have encouraged local business and communities to partner with us to sustain the work we are doing today, by doing waste management education with the community as well as urging businesses to assist in the care and maintenance of open spaces and verges.” said Eurakha Singh, South Durban Basin Area Manager.

 

  AUTHOR
Yoshini Perumal
Journalist

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