Refuse cleanup in Kenneth Gardens

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On May 29 2014 Berea Mail reported that refuse collection faltered yet again at Kenneth Gardens. These photos, taken around the same time, shows rubbish that attracts flies and rats piled high. Several residents commented on this as a serious health hazard and on the foul smells emanating from the sites.

The same article quoted eThekwini head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa, who said; “the cleaning, trimming of trees and removal of refuse disposal at Kenneth Gardens will be done on Monday, 2 June. The Municipality apologises for any inconvenience that has been caused and encourages residents to report illegal dumping and non-collection of refuse to 031 311 8804. For verge and grass maintenance residents can contact 031 201 1303.”

According to the newspaper, on June 7 2014, local residents took the matter into their own hands in a clean up campaign organised by ward councillor Judy Mulqueeny. It was reported that individuals from Morea, Monsonia, Nerina and Phoenix Courts were up early   clean up around their flat. This spurred on other residents at Kenneth Gardens and community-minded residents from nearby to join in.

Mulqueeny said she had heard that residents from elsewhere in the ward sometimes dumped their rubbish on the outskirts of Kenneth Gardens. “Some outsiders also come to scratch in the bins and packets looking for plastic bottles to sell, creating a mess as they do so. There have been ongoing reports about the poor conditions at Kenneth Gardens related to budgetary problems.” She emphasised that the message of the campaign was that residents are part of the solution too.

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5 Responses to “Refuse cleanup in Kenneth Gardens”

  1. mandy September 6, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Good work guys, taking matters into you own hands.

  2. Zethembe Mseleku September 6, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    True story

  3. bambelani khuzwayo September 6, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    nice #thumbsup

  4. mxolisi September 6, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I know it better than before

  5. phumzile September 20, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I would kindly like to thank those who took the initiative to clean up KG. I really appreciate what you guys did. Big up Kenneth Gardens, Big Up!!! keep up the good work!

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