Due to the deteriorating state of Chatsworth, several organisations joined forces to host a successful clean-up project at Sunset Avenue, which will be turned into a sustainable area for residents to live, work and play.
The Adopt-a-Spot project is aimed at regenerating and improving service delivery, by integrating with local businesses.
The clean-up of the area was co-ordinated by the South Durban Basin Area Based Management (SDB-ABM) together with local businesses, the ward councillor, Roads and Storm Water, Safer Cities, Parks, DSW operations as well as DSW Education, Health, Development Planning, Fire and Emergency, Business Licencing and Metro Police.
Initially, the area was riddled with litter due to illegal dumping.
The results of this tarnished the image of the area, which also contributed to lack of investment for the surrounding businesses and it also created an eyesore to customers and tourists.
Kenny Ngcobo of DSW Operations said, “About 18 months ago, we embarked on a long journey to clean and maintain Sunset Avenue. Several clean-ups later, dedication from my team and help from various departments, I am proud to say we have seen improvement in this area. One of the challenges is that Sunset Avenue is surrounded by various industrial businesses, vagrants and addicts who truant the area, dismantling scrap and discarding the remnants.”
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Illegal dumping in these spaces pollutes the environment and renders the space aesthetically unappealing.
This can only be overcome through educational awareness, monitoring and enforcement. “Working together with the community and local business, we can achieve success,” he added.
For the project to be sustainable. a business has committed themselves to sustain the area and they have also made themselves available for any further assistance needed by the council to improve and regenerate Sunset Avenue.