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Mayor launches R1 million bush clean-up project in Malabar

By Afikile Lugunya - May 17, 2018
Mayor launches R1 million bush clean-up project in Malabar

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Thursday officially launched a R1 million rand citywide bush clearing project. 

The project will commence, in three phases starting with the Northern Areas, followed by Uitenhage, Motherwell and Wells Estate.

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality MMC for Transport, Rano Kayser, accompanied the mayor. 

"[This is about creating a] safe city; clean city; forward city and inclusive city. This event is a demonstration of the seriousness of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality," Kayser said. 

"Bush clearance is part of the promises made in 2016 because cleanliness and safety is a priority in the city of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality." 

The event took place outside a place of worship in Malabar where local worshippers are also marking the Holy Islamic month of Ramadan.

In his speech, the Mayor said that the loss of life in Durban, when a mosque was attacked should not have happened and wished the community of Malabar a blessed Ramadan.

The R1 million being used in the project was taken from the nearly R179 million Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG), which the Metro received from National Treasury. 

According to local Ward councillor, Charlene Davids, the area is a hot-spot that is used by criminals in the area for their activities; hence the community identified it for clearing.

Trollip said that he received a message on Thursday morning on illegal dumping in the area as well as photos of the truck responsible and details the company that owns the truck. 

He said that they will find the owners for illegal dumping and urged community members to bring more photos of such activities so that they will be dealt with. 

"If it's a company that works with the municipality, then when they put up their hand for a project next time, they will not get a chance," Trollip described. 

After the clearing, chemicals will be poured on the tree stumps to ensure that they never grow back. 

Trollip also said that the clean-up project would also create job opportunities for locals although he was not sure about the exact numbers.