Busi­ness own­ers fed up with ‘un­car­ing’ Msun­duzi coun­cil

The Witness - - NEWS - KAILENE PILLAY • kailene.pillay@wit­ness.co.za

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.

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