The clean-up call made by the Merebank Residents Association (MRA) to keep the suburb of Merebank clean, comes after unscrupulous residents have been seen throwing their trash including plastic bottles, cans, household appliances, furniture and unwanted building material in parks and open spaces.
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.
An illegal dumping site, located on the corner of Juggernaut and Sambalpur Road, has become an eyesore in the community.
Law enforcement officer, Don Baijnath said, “So far, three residents, including a pensioner, have been charged with fines from R3, 000 to R5, 000.”
Through efforts from community activists, the ridiculously high utility bill was brought down to R600.
The Adopt-a-Spot project is aimed at regenerating and improving service delivery, by integrating with local businesses.
According to the concerned resident, the river has become highly polluted and a terrible odour is released from it.
GIS and Air Quality Officer of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliances (SDCEA), Bongani Mthembu said, “I have spoken to the councillor of Merewent and he is willing to provide Merebank with the necessary amount of sign boards required.”
The area of concern is in the vicinity of the Bayview SAPS and has become an illegal dumping ground.
Don Baijanth said, “Generally, residents who miss the bin truck, support the illegal dumpers. The ‘trolley boys’ collect all forms of dirt and dump it wherever they please.”
Hundreds of irate residents and conservationists were fuming after litres of raw oil was spilled in the well-known Jacobs canal.