Nerissa Perumal, an environmental champion of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliances (SDCEA), who deals with issues in the Merebank community said that a scholar patrol working on Travancore Drive complained that the water stinks and has even turned green in colour.
Previously, upon admission of guilt, illegal dumpers were granted fines of R3, 000 which has now been increased from between R1, 000 to R5, 000.
President of the Silverglen Civic Association, Eddie Govender said that the organisation must applaud the dedicated band of civic members, who, along with their spouses and families did a sterling job with the clean-up.
Operation Khuculul’iTheku is a long term multi-pillar clean-up campaign aimed at addressing urban decay, creating a clean environment and sustainable city.
The SDB ABM team expresses their greatest gratitude to all the line departments and stakeholders which participated and supported the initiative.
According to the disgruntled home owner the lives of his family have been totally disrupted.
When journalists contacted the property manager, Anand Jhearnathan, he said that all of the refuse has been cleaned up already.
eThekwini Municipality’s head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa, said households affected by the interruption to supply are encouraged to use clear plastic bags provided by the city to recycle in the interim.
In addition to this, the municipality engaged over 200 community teachers who conduct door-to-door education programmes.
These issues included, land invasion, property value, crime, sanitation, electricity theft, parks department, water restrictions, the shifts of the Metro Police and the SAPS.
Cllr Govender did the relevant investigations and found that the developer had nothing from council authorities permitting him to execute any work in that highly sensitive DMOSS protected area.