City in surprise clean-up operation

2014-12-22 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG woke up to a clean-up campaign organised by the Msunduzi Municipality that saw two trucks piled with waste within two hours on Friday morning.

The operation took place on three of the busiest streets in town — Church, Pietermaritz and Hoosen Haffejee.

Later a ceremony was held to honour sponsors of the event at the newly revamped Mandela Park.

The municipality, together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and small businesses, shared their deepest concerns about the cleanliness of the city.

Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thompson said: “We have to admit that Pietermaritzburg is not looking as good as it used to when we grew up. I see a lot of damage has been done.”

Omega Shange from Green Journey said people must be educated about littering. Entrepreneurs and business personnel must also be encouraged to support these initiatives.

Ezinketheni residents came out in numbers to help.

Speaking to The Witness, youth leader Mthandeni Zikhale said it was a challenging experience for them but they managed to sweep and remove the dirt on their allocated streets.

“We understand what the street cleaners go through when sweeping the streets. Its tiring and shoppers are unco-operative,” he said.

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