Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)
Meda cleans up city
Msunduzi Economic Development Agency (Meda) has taken the initiative of cleaning the downtown CBD streets, at their own cost, to assist local businesses.
Noting the filth and impact this has on local business and traders in the area, Meda has contracted a cleaning company, PWT Property Care Group, to clean the streets of the downtown business district on Wednesday.
“The city is so filthy and the municipality is doing nothing about it, so businesses are left to clean up the area themselves. We are doing this for the downtown businesses because the area is so dirty and this affects business. It’s embarrassing when your customers have to walk through filth to get to your store,” said Meda chairperson Kantha Naidoo.
She added that the drains are blocked, which is a major problem that is not as simple to fix. She pleaded with the municipality to sort the drainage system out.
“The drainage is a huge problem, and we can’t fix that on our own. We’re cleaning up the area for the local businesses because it is so filthy but we need the municipality to do its part and clean the drains,” she said.
The clean-up is scheduled to take place this morning, Wednesday January 19, from 6.30am and will target the areas that require the most cleaning, such as Prince George Street, Retief Street, Church Street and East Street.
While the clean-up is a once off at this stage, Meda is appealing for businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring the cleaning company.
“We are hiring this company to clean the area at our cost. If enough businesses show interest in contributing, we could do another clean-up at a later stage or have them more regularly. If businesses from one area or street decide to all pitch in, they could all contribute to cleaning their street,” she said.
Businesses interested in getting involved can contact Kantha Naidoo on 067 759 2908/ 033 3454 245