MAKING THE CITY CLEAN
By: Lindokuhle Simelane
The eThekwini Municipality seem to be losing the battle against people sticking advertisements of their businesses, some illegal, on most of the city’s walls.
The mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo launched “The Clean My City Programme” in May last year which aimed at keeping the city clean. One of the campaigns on this programme was the removal of bill stickers pasted on the walls, with the great concern on illegal abortion clinics.
The eThekwini Municipality spokesman, Thabo Mofokeng said that the operation is aimed to eradicating illegal activities in Durban.
“The programme to rid the city of all illegal activities is ongoing and we believe that we will eventually win the battle. Regular operations are conducted to deal with illegal stickers and posters, derelict buildings and all illegal activities taking place,” said Mofokeng.
The Advertising and Signage Department has private inspectors who patrol the city.
The Senior Manager of the Inner-Thekwini Regeneration and Urban Management programme (iTRUMP) Unit, Hussein Moola, said that they are working together with the Durban Solid Waste to remove the posters and stickers.
“One of the biggest culprits for stickers are the illegal clinics,” said Moolla.
Hussein added that people have to obtain permission from the signage department to distribute and paste posters around the city.
Part of the city’s campaign is to change the people’s mindset about the need to maintain their city and to raise awareness about illegal abortions, drug abuse and general criminality, said Mofokeng
Eelier this year, Metro Police had an undercover operation where they busted one of the illegally running abortion clinics in the City Centre, which had their bill sticker pasted on one of the walls.