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Team work critical to ensure city curbs illegal activities
​Metro Police officers conducted random vehicle  inspections
in the inner city to verify the validity of driving permits and
ensure that vehicles are roadworthy.
TEAM work and utmost dedication is the main reason that City officials are optimistic that the crackdown on illegal activities and by-law contraventions in eThekwini Municipality will be sustainable.

Speaking at the first debriefing of the inner city regeneration on 18 June, Head of the Development Planning and Environment Management Unit Musa Mbhele praised officials from various line departments for their hard work and commitment. Mbhele said he was pleased to observe that officials, who are part of the joint enforcement operations, do not have a silo mentality. Some of the units leading the enforcement operations include Metro Police, the Security Management Unit, Business Licensing and Cleaning and Solid Waste.

“Thank you to the various Municipal line departments for working together and for adopting a culture of multitasking. It is reassuring to see that the team members are positively responding to the vision of the City,” said Mbhele. City officials conducted an extensive enforcement operation recently calling on residents, traders, and businesses in the Durban Central Business District (CBD) and Isiphingo CBD to comply with Municipal by-laws or face serious consequences.

Although the City conducts daily enforcement operations in both these areas, the month of June will see continuous intensified operations to deter illegal activity in an effort to clean up the CDB areas, reclaim public spaces and bring law and order to the public realm. The enforcement is part of an effort to regenerate and renew the CBD areas which are key economic hubs.

Mbhele added that months of combined operations and enforcements to rejuvenate the CBD areas are beginning to take shape thanks to the dedicated Municipal teams who are out on the streets every day logging calls and following up on service delivery issues. Viren Sookdeo from the Inner City Thekwini Regeneration and Urban Management Programme (iTrump) said zone support officers’ conduct daily walkabouts in the Durban inner city to address the challenges faced by both residents and businesses.
Sookdeo reported that illegal trading, vagrants and illegal dumping has drastically reduced in the Durban inner city. As a long term regeneration strategy, the Municipality will deal with issues of security, crime and grime while addressing problem buildings. Residents and business are urged to play their part in ensuring that we live in a clean and safe environment by practicing proper waste management.
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