Operation Khuculul’iTheku is a long term multi-pillar clean-up campaign aimed at addressing urban decay, creating a clean environment and sustainable city.
Infuriated by the illegal dumping, members and Ward 106 councillor Johnson Chetty collected chunks of refuse and erected several no dumping sings.
The makeshift pathways, leading to the Phoenix Highway, are used by many workers in the mornings and afternoon.
Cllr Johnson said she had to make several calls and send emails before the Water Department could resolve the issue.
Residents raised grievances about dislodging stones, causing cracks on their windscreens, chips in the paint work and clogging of storm water manholes. Tamara Rajkoomar said the road had gone from bad to worse.
The resident said the water shortage problem began when the new low cost housing came up opposite Trenance Park.
The keeping of the community clean initiative was started by the LECS Neighbourhood Watch committee members who were not only concerned about the spate of the crime in the area, but also the hazards caused by illegal dumping, which had turned the area into an eyesore.
The family of six said that they have been residing in the municipal unit for only seven months.
According to residents, it is not safe to use the grounds as a number of robberies have taken place and illegal dumping is rife which is a serious health hazard.
Disgruntled residents told the Phoenix Sun that a manhole which has been leaking for about six months, has been spewing sewage water into a river and a pathway behind a block of flats.
eThekwini Municipality’s head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa, said households affected by the interruption to supply are encouraged to use clear plastic bags provided by the city to recycle in the interim.