MOSSEL BAY NEWS & VIDEO - A member of the public contacted the Mossel Bay Advertiser, complaining that the taxi rank area in the town centre, between Marsh and Montagu Street, is dirty and litter-strewn.
The Advertiser went to take photographs of the area.
The municipality has an uphill battle trying to keep this part of town clean. Just after it has been cleaned, which is daily, it is dirtied again.
On enquiry from the Advertiser, municipal spokesperson Nickey le Roux said: "Law Enforcement, with the assistance of the Waste and Parks Department, frequently cleans the taxi rank, then the Fire, Rescue, and Disaster Management Department deep cleans and sanitises the taxi rank specifically, and the other areas where there are high volumes of people gathering daily, specifically as a preventative measure in fighting Covid-19."
Le Roux says littering is a recurring problem that is receiving regular and continuous attention.
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She says cleaning the rank and other clean-up operations across town, and the entire municipal area, remained a priority.
"The Street Cleaning Project of the municipality (previously known as the Entrepreneur’s Project) has been in existence for 10-plus years and in the previous financial year the municipality appointed eight contractors to manage and clean the open spaces and ravines within the municipal boundaries.
"For the 2019/20 financial year, 636 work opportunities were created across the greater municipal area, specifically to keep our streets clean and fight the problem of littering. The street cleaning teams working in the CBD do a sweep of the taxi rank on a daily basis.
"The municipality appeals to the public not to litter, and for residents to admonish people they see littering.
Le Roux says there is a municipal bylaw providing for heavy fines for anyone caught littering. "There are regular awareness campaigns and anti-litter signboards at several hotspots. The municipality would appreciate suggestions from the public to fight littering. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org."
See update in the Mossel Bay Advertiser tomorrow, Friday 31 July.
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