Countdown to official launch of ‘Protect and Preserve’

Seen are the relevant role-players who were instrumental in the successful clean-up project.

A successful project aimed to rejuvenation Sunset Avenue by making it a safe space for the community to enjoy, has flourished, with the launch taking place on Wednesday, October 31 from 9:30am.

The partnership between the city, local businesses and community witnessed Project Protect and Preserve, which is led by the city’s South Durban Basin ABM.

The initiative aims to curb illegal dumping and eradicate crime and grime.

Over the past few months, numerous city departments, and its partners, Earth Organisation and Alencon Primary School have been busy turning this eyesore into a sustainable space in the community.

Senior manager at the SDB ABM, Eurakha Singh said, “There was a huge amount of illegal dumping taking place in the area. This tarnished the image of the area and also contributed to lack of investment in surrounding businesses. It also created an eyesore to customers and tourists and increased crime. The SDB ABM partnered with various city departments such as DSW, Roads, Parks, Metro Police and others to clean up the area and make it livable again. New lighting was installed, road markings were refurbished, the area was cleaned up, sidewalks were constructed, the area was fenced, the land leveled, trees were planted and area resurfaced. The criminal activity and land invasion has also been stopped.”

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For the project to be sustainable, the SDB ABM has partnered with Watts-on Electrical, Arena Tours, Cybertrade Paints and Sunset Tyres, who have committed themselves to sustain the area.

They have also made themselves available for any further assistance needed by the council to improve and regenerate Sunset Avenue.

“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. By working together with the community and local businesses, we can achieve success. We wish to thank the local businesses, the ward councillor, Tony Govender, Lawrence Anthony, Earth Organisation, Imagine Durban, DSW, RSWM, Roads Provision, Safer Cities, Parks, Communications, Metro Police, Electricity, ESW, Chatsworth Civic Federation and Alencon Primary School for also participating. I appeal to community members and businesses to ensure that their waste is disposed of responsibly. The city has numerous programmes in place for the collection of waste,” added Singh.

Residents can RSVP to Caveer Rajman on 031 322-8414 or email [email protected] by Thursday, October 25.

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Bianca Lalbahadur

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