Business owners fed up with ‘uncaring’ Msunduzi council
MORE business owners have lashed out at the municipality for failing to provide proper services and failing to create a “booming business district” for them.
Business owners said that Msunduzi Municipality has not delivered on numerous plans its officials have made to address the various problems they are experiencing. These problems have recently forced several businesses to close down and current business owners say they are on the verge of facing the same fate.
Business owners this week called for political backing and urgent action in the municipality’s “elaborate” plans to upgrade the city’s ageing electricity grid.
They were speaking up during a meeting at the Pietermaritzburg of Chamber of Business (PCB) on Monday, where the municipality’s acting general manager for infrastructure, Brenden Sivparsad, presented a multimillion rand plan that details how the City intends to upgrade the electricity grid and reduce the number of power outages.
Since then, more business owners have come forward echoing what others have said. “We are fed up. We are losing more money than we are making here and we have no option but to take our businesses elsewhere.
“We need to be taken care of and the municipality simply does not care,” said one business owner from Boshoff Street.
Councillor and real estate agent Craig Millar called on the municipality to provide better and more frequent updates on power outages and water cuts.
“I can tell you now that with Hilton’s problems, Hilton is not a good place to own property but it is a good place to buy property because the value of houses has dropped so low following all the municipal issues,” he said.
Robin Barnes from City Printing Works added that more needed to be done to increase security at municipal property such as substations, as vagrants and thieves stealing copper cables and damaging equipment add to the municipal woes.