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Friday Jan 18, 2013

Union Buildings grounds spruced up after newspaper enquiry

The Department of Public Works left the grass to grow at Union Buildings - until they got a call from the Pretoria News this week.

Monday: the sweeping lawns of the Union Buildings were a sorry sight.

But when the 'News requested reasons for the neglect from the department responsible for the popular local and tourist attraction, they were not forthcoming.

During the festive season, the Pretoria News received complaints from readers about the state of the lawns and flower beds.

In a letter, Jan and Patricia Vosloo wrote that they had been dismayed by the extent to which the gardens - known for their beauty - had been uncared for.

"Where rows and rows of pansies, or petunias would other years have filled the boxes and lined the beds, there are now only vast quantities of weeds.

"The circular beds which would at other times contain brightly coloured poppies or similar flowers in season, now contain only weeds," they wrote.

They also complained that the hedges and trees were neglected, the lower lawns were unkempt and dustbins were over-flowing, with rubbish left on the grass - not a good sight for visitors to the landmark building.

Wednesday: the lawns receive some attention.

Aside from visitors, the Arcadia Running Club uses the paths for their trials every Tuesday and Thursday evenings and many other residents walk or jog there.

This week the grass was being cut and the rubbish collected.

The Department of Public Works acknowledged receipt of the Pretoria News's questions on Monday, but the delay in responding to the questions was attributed to appointment of a new director-general.

Pretoria News

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