Grass causes growing concern in Finnemore Street

Are criminals taking advantage of the long grass to hide?

How safe are residents in Finnemore Street?

The Ncandu River bank is overgrown with grass and reeds, hiding potential burglars and the possibility of floods.

“From a security point, people can hide in the long grass and wait for an opportunity to burglarise a home,” said Mark Jacobs from Two Eagles Security, the neighbourhood watch company in Paradise.

In the past, Finnemore Street has been flooded during rain storms, with the water flowing into residents’ homes. With this being a continuous threat, the vegetation stopped community members from seeing if they were in danger of being flooded in a storm.

“In times of heavy rains, one cannot monitor the flow and level of the river,” Mr Jacobs said.

Despite the long grass, Mr Jacobs claimed he understood why the municipality was not maintaining the riverbank.

“I think access along the riverbank makes it difficult to cut, as there is a steep incline and it is hazardous for workers to cut the reeds and grass without falling and injuring themselves,” he said.

However, Mr Jacobs was determined to see the matter resolved.

“Residents are getting quotes from private companies to cut down the long grass and reeds.”

Acting Ward 4 Councillor, Bertie Meiring, said he suspected the fact that the reeds and grass were growing so quick, made it difficult for the municipality to maintain the area.

“The municipality is also cutting long grass at other areas, so it might be that they have not had the opportunity to address the matter yet.”

However, Cllr Meiring said there was a possibility of developing the riverbank into an area where families could socialise.

“We would like to see it become something similar to Trim Park, where people can go braai and relax,” he concluded.

The following media enquiry was submitted to the municipality Communications Department:

The vegetation in the Ncandu river has grown to such an extent that residents can almost not see the river at all.

As Finnemore Street is prone to flooding during heavy rains, not being able to see the river can be problematic.

Furthermore, the reeds and grass also can potentially be used by burglars to hide in.

1. Why has the municipality allowed the reeds and grass to grow so long?

2. When will the municipality remove the vegetation?

3. How will the foliage be removed?

4. How often is the river bed cleaned?

The Communications Department failed to respond by the set deadline.


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