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R10m Boost To Extend Verge Cutting

The Municipality has given its Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit an additional R10-million to boost its verge cutting programme.

A proposal was made last year to cease trimming residential verges due to budget constraints and because the service was only available in some suburbs and the Municipality wanted to establish a uniform standard across eThekwini. But the matter was later reviewed and it was decided that maintaining verges was important because it contributed to security and beautified the city.

Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit Head Thembinkosi Ngcobo said the money would be used to hire 150 small companies and 108 co-operatives across eThekwini to provide the service. He said the Unit would like to extend verge cutting into townships, including areas they had until now lacked the capacity to service. “We are grateful that the Municipality has given us this money. It will enable us to do our work well,” Ngcobo said. Residents with inquiries about verge cutting should contact their local Sikazala centre for assistance.
 
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